It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.
—Lewis Grizzard (1946-1994)
There’s nothing quite like a summer-ripe tomato—the heady, sweet smell, the intoxicating, succulent flavor, and of course the acidic juices to beat the heat. A terrific source of vitamin C, with a touch of vitamin A, potassium and fiber thrown in for good measure, they don’t just taste great, they’re also good for you. Tomatoes are also rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that may slow down aging of the skin and may be beneficial against cancer and heart disease. Cooking may actually increase the health benefits of this lush fruit.