Credit: Linda Pugliese

Summer's farm-stand staple (actually a fruit, not a vegetable) tastes wonderful raw or cooked. But when it comes to nutrition, cooked tomatoes are better than raw: Exposing a tomato to heat increases the amount of available lycopene, which has cancer-fighting properties. Tomatoes are also high in immune system–boosting vitamin C.

If you have too many tomatoes, make Blender Gazpacho

Make a tomato-centric vegetarian main, Stuffed Tomatoes with Mozzarella

Comments (1)

Martha Stewart Member
August 19, 2014
Funny I should see this article today! I just learned this fact over the weekend....from my 75-year-old dad!! :) Love me my garden tomatoes fresh and raw, but if I feel like getting all the extra nutritional value from cooking them? I make a wicked "Tomato Tarte Tatin"...soooooooo divine. Enjoy your garden tomatoes everyone!!