If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, you probably are getting to the end of the tomato season. There are usually a few green tomatoes left to harvest before the frost gets them. Or maybe you’ve found a few at the farmer’s market. Wherever you find them, don’t waste those green tomatoes!
Green Tomato Health Benefits
Green tomatoes have most of the same health benefits that red tomatoes have. They have about the same amount of beta carotene, even though they are green. The beta carotene is just temporarily hidden by the chlorophyll.
In some ways, green tomatoes are even better than red. They have slightly more vitamin C than red tomatoes, and they have three times the amount of calcium. Tomatoes are just flat out good health food, so if you’ve never tried green tomatoes, give them a try.
Try Some Grilled Green Tomatoes!
Fried Green Tomatoes are a southern standard, but did you realize you can also grill green tomatoes? In fact, they work much better on a grill than red tomatoes, since they aren’t so soft yet.
You can use about any seasoning, but here is a simple recipe to try:
- Mrs. Dash Salt Free Seasoning Blend of Your Choice
- Large green tomatoes, cut into ½” thick slices
- Olive Oil
Preheat grill of your choice (indoor or outdoor).
Brush one side of tomato with oil, sprinkle with seasoning to taste, then place on grill.
Immediately brush other side of tomato with oil and season to taste.
Cook for 4 minutes on each side, or until tender. (Note, if using an indoor grill, both sides are cooking at once, so no need to turn. Check tenderness after 4 minutes to see if tender clear through. Cooking time will be dependent on the temperature of the grill.)
This is simple cooking, and an easy way to add a healthy food to your diet.