Although usually red, yellow and green varieties also exist, and make a colourful addition to summery salads. They are packed full of vitamins A, C and E.They also contain flavonoids (natural anti-inflammatories), potassium and other mineral salts. When choosing your purchase buy fresh, firm, uniform sized fruits. Avoid those with wrinkled surface, discolored spots, cuts and too soft and mushy. Firm, yellow fruits can be placed in cool, dark place at room temperature for 2-3 days. However, ripe tomatoes are one of the easily perishable vegetables and should be stored in the refrigerator. Use them while they are fresh to enjoy full benefits of vitamins and antioxidants.
To prepare wash them thoroughly in the cold running water in order to remove dirt, soil and any insecticide/fungicide residues. Discard stem and top calyx end. Eat whole or enjoy in halves, slices etc.
A typical 100g portion contains, 18 calories, 3.9g carbohydrate, 0.9g protein and 0.2g fat.