It’s tomato season in Cayman and eating lots of them, any way you can, is a great thing. This fruit that acts like a vegetable is loaded with health properties and the tomatoes grown on Grand Cayman are simply delicious.
Here are my top three reasons why you should have tomatoes in your kitchen and pantry:
– Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.
– Regular consumption of tomatoes has been proven to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. These lipids are the key culprits in cardiovascular diseases and lead to the deposition of fats in the blood vessels.
– Tomatoes are almost foolproof and versatile to cook with. But having the right tools to whip up quick, easy and healthful dishes is key. Bon Vivant in Camana Bay sells a wide array of juicers, blenders and cookware that can make preparing tomatoes — or any other ingredient — a breeze.
One of my go-to recipes is roasted tomatoes. These are simple, delicious and can be eaten on their own, added to a salad, blended up to make a soup, or my favourite: a great powerhouse topping to avocado on toast! Here’s the recipe:
1-2 lbs of local baby/cherry tomatoes
Good olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
20 fresh local basil leaves, chopped or julienned
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss the tomatoes lightly with olive oil on a sheet pan. Spread them out into one layer and sprinkle generously with kosher salt and pepper. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft.
Transfer the tomatoes to a serving platter and sprinkle with basil leaves and sea salt. Serve hot or at room temperature. Can be stored in fridge for up to five days in sealed container.