Who can imagine the traditional Greek salad without its main ingredient, tomato? Countless recipes of the Greek cuisine are based on this summer vegetable, which gives its rich aroma and flavor to any dish.

The reason, however, why the use of tomato is so widespread in the Mediterranean cuisine is not only its rich flavor. Tomatoes owe their vivid red color and characteristic flavor to a variety of nutrients such as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and K, iron, magnesium, calcium, niacin, folic acid and phosphorus!

Natural juice of red or orange tomato has strong antioxidant action and, when consumed on its own, it detoxifies the body while, at the same time, it contributes to the health and glow of the skin. Another thing that many people may not know is that, especially cooked tomato , in the form of sauce , spread , paste , or even soup , contains up to 6 times more lycopene compared to the same amount of raw tomato. This is because heat breaks up the tomato skin cells and as a result lycopene is more easily absorbed by the body.

In any case, tomato is also ideal for those who follow a strict diet thanks to its low caloric value and fiber that helps in bowel function. Taste it in salads , homemade pesto sauce , winter pasta soupstraditional Greek meze and meatballs that the children will absolutely love!