Grape Tomatoes

pic of Grape Cherry Tomatoes by Arun Shanbhag

At work or home, I am always munching on something. Whatever I can find at the local farm stand. Apples, baby carrots, red peppers or blueberries. One of my friends introduced me to clementines; I have a boxful at work. I don't do salads, but love cherry tomatoes. I found these 'grape' tomatoes yesterday. The only problem with eating these is, making sure your mouth is tightly closed before biting on them. Or else the juice spray spurts out over the keyboard.

Since our deck is still covered with more than a foot of compacted snow, I just plonked these tomatoes on the snow. HeHe.

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Oooooh, Those Red Peppers

After travel food, I was longing to stop by our local farm stand and pick-up my simple favorites! Iggy's whole grain sourdough round bread; baby carrots; crunchy red cabbage, freshly harvested asparagus, fuji apples, maradol papaya, and yes! a bag of red peppers on sale!

Bright red, crunchy, juicy and slightly tangy. Definitely not hot, more like a fruit. In the summer, they are best grilled. Now, I like to cut strips and eat as is. Quickly core a washed pepper, divide at the edges for broad flat pieces, wrap in a paper napkin and pack in a sandwich bag. The napkin absorbs the juices and keeps it crunchy. These are usually my mid-morning snacks. Give it a try, Yumm!

Pic of red peppers by Arun Shanbhag
Washed red peppers shot in natural light.

And if taste is not an a big motivator, they are good for your health too. Red peppers are loaded with vitamin C, B6 and beta-carotene: powerful antioxidants which neutralize free radicals generated by living processes. Free radicals are implicated in heart disease, nerve and blood vessel damage in diabetes, and cancer. Beta-carotene is essential for healthy eyes; and the reds contain capsacin, a natural painkiller useful for arthritic pains.

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