The key to our success at Sipipa is making the freshness of the ingredients a top priority. Sauces are made from scratch using our distinctive recipes, and vegetables are selected from local markets. April 6 is National Fresh Tomato Day, but every day feels like Fresh Tomato Day in our restaurants. A great tomato sauce is the foundation for so many delicious dishes, and we always use fresh, ripe, vibrant tomatoes to make our sauce.
Tomatoes are also one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Each one is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, folate, vitamin K, calcium and especially antioxidant lycopene, which can help prevent diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and many types of cancer.
Health Benefits of Tomatoes
• Good for your skin — Tomatoes contain a high level of lycopene, which is used in some expensive facial cleansers.
• Repair damage caused by smoking — Tomatoes contain coumaric and chlorogenic acids, which work to protect the body from carcinogens produced from cigarette smoke.
• Beneficial for your kidneys — In some studies, tomatoes are proven to reduce the risk of kidney stones.
• Improve your eyes — Vitamin A found in tomatoes is fantastic for improving your vision, and tomatoes are one of the best foods to eat to prevent the development of night blindness.
• Help blood sugar — Tomatoes are packed full of the valuable mineral known as chromium, which works to effectively help diabetics keep their blood sugar levels under better control.
Fun Tomato Facts
• Tomatoes originated in Peru and were first brought to Europe in the mid-1500s.
• There are more 10,000 varieties of tomato in colors that include pink, purple, black, yellow and white.
• A tomato is a fruit, which is defined as the edible part of the plant containing seeds. A vegetable is stem, leaf or root. The fruit or vegetable confusion began in the 1890s when the U.S. Supreme Court named tomatoes a vegetable for taxation purposes.
• Tomatoes increase in weight as they ripen, and continue to do so even after harvesting. The heaviest tomato on record weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was grown in Oklahoma in 1986.
• The world’s largest tomato tree grows at Walt Disney World Resort’s experimental greenhouse. It yields a harvest of more than 32,000 tomatoes and weighs more than 1,150 pounds
• Tomatoes are never mentioned in the Bible or in the works of Shakespeare.
• 600,000 tomato seeds traveled to the International Space Station and back before being grown in school classrooms all over Canada.