If you are going to grow anything yourself for flavour, make it a tomato. Once you've tasted your own proudly grown fruit (yep it's technically a fruit!) you'll never go back to those floury red cricket balls at the grocery shop again. You'll taste the difference and enjoy watching them twirl up a trellis or stake like a real growing connoisseur. ____________________________________________________________________

Nutritional Benefits: Source of lycopene (red pigment), fiber, vitamin A, C, E and vitamin K. Also a source of the minerals iron, copper, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.

Potential Health Benefits:

- Lycopene is an antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Tip: Higher amount of lycopene in cooked or processed tomatoes than raw tomatoes and is fat soluble therefore enjoy with olive oil to boost absorption.

- Potassium helps to control blood pressure, maintain nerve function and help muscle control

- Iron is essential for maintaining normal blood circulation and transporting oxygen to cells

- Lycopene, lutein and beta-carotene (Vitamin A) are beneficial for eye health and prevent eye conditions

Kathryn Batty Holistic Nutritionist BHSc (Nut Med) Mindful & Co Cronulla