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Rich Red Raw Tomato Sauce

Tomatoes contain beta carotene, B complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sulfphur, quercitin, histamine, and lycopene. Lycopene is a potent antioxidant and is being researched as a preventive agent for cancers of the lungs, prostate, pancreas, stomach, and cervix. It also protects against stroke, heart disease, and cataracts. Processing tomatoes with some oil enhances the absorption of lycopene, which is fat soluble.

Avoid tomatoes that are bruised or mushy. Ripe tomatoes should have a smooth, firm skin but yield slightly to the pressure of a finger. Vine-ripened tomatoes are best; sometimes non-organic commercial tomatoes are picked green and ripened with ethylene gas. Usually grocery stores will advertise vine-ripened tomatoes as such. Serve tomatoes in slices at room temperature, or add to salads, soup, sauces, or vegetable juices. Native versions were small, like cherry tomatoes, and most likely yellow rather than red. Herbs that complement the flavor of tomato include basil, dill, oregano, black pepper and rosemary,

Some people find that tomatoes cause irritable bowel, heartburn, migraines, and/or skin irritation. Tomatoes also contain the alkaloid solanine and oxalic acid, which can inhibit calcium absorption; those with arthritis should eat tomatoes only in moderation.

Tomatoes are associated with the planet Venus, the element of Water and the energies of prosperity, health, love and protection. As tomatoes were considered a food of fortune, one still sees this symbolism in red tomato pincushions.

Tomato Sauce

You can use this sauce on pasta or pizza.

2 large tomatoes
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked 2 hours
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh basil (optional)
1 teaspoon anise or fennel seed
1 tablespoon of honey or agave
1 teaspoons Celtic salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse. Makes 3 cups.

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What do you enjoy about tomatoes?

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Brigitte Mars

Brigitte Mars, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, is a nutritional consultant who has been working with Natural Medicine for over 40 years. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Boulder College of Massage, and Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and has a private practice. Brigitte is the author of 12 books, including Rawsome!. Find more healthy living articles, raw food recipes, videos, workshops, books, and more at Also check out her international model yogini daughter, Rainbeau at


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9:32PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Fabulous recipe, that sounds good. Please post more Vegan recipes. Thanks Brigitte Mars.

2:24AM PDT on Aug 24, 2010

Thanks .

6:00AM PDT on Aug 21, 2010

Tomatoes are one of the most common vegetables all over the world. They are quickly growing plants and are favorite among most amateur gardeners so as me.
I will start to grow tomatoes in my farm and now learning watever i can about them, thanks for information. I also
found another good site about tomatoes and so many other methods of agriculturing, i recommend you to take a look.

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5:07AM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

Interesting article, thanks.

12:48PM PDT on Jul 21, 2010

Thanks for article. I love tomatos, especially on sandwiches and salads.

5:06PM PDT on Jul 16, 2010

Enjoyed the history on tomatoes; I had no idea that it was a plant native to the Americas! Garden fresh tomatoes has been a family tradition for generations. Simply cannot beat homegrown!

8:47AM PDT on Jul 12, 2010


2:52AM PDT on Jul 11, 2010

Fennel doesn't belong in sauces. Use 1/4 cup fresh basil & 1/3 cup fresh oregano for pasta sauce, and reverse it for pizza sauce. No honey needed, really. A little pepper to taste would be good too. Thanks.

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