The best tomatoes for juicing
Tomatoes are great to use in vegetable juices. Tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes, from small cherry tomatoes to large ribbed tomatoes. Let’s take a look at the tomatoes that can give your juice a delicious flavour.
Choosing a juicy tomato
Some tomatoes are juicer than others, making them great to use in juices. As a general rule, the larger the tomato, the more juice it will have! Tomatoes differ not only in size but also in taste. Some tomatoes are fruity and sweet, while others are more acidic. Choosing which tomatoes to use is a matter of personal taste.
There are hundreds of hybrid and heirloom varieties of tomatoes to choose from. Heirlooms, in the veggie world, are seeds that get saved and used for generations. Heirloom tomatoes offer more unique colours and flavours than your typical tomato, so you may want to use these to find the best taste for your juice.
- Plum tomatoes are often used for canning, sauces and juices. These tomatoes contain more meat and less juice. Determinate varieties, like Roma, Mariana and Viva Italia, provide body and flavour. Porter tomatoes are a deep pink tomato and are also great for juicing.
- Round main crop tomatoes, like Better Boy, Rutgers, Celebrity and Mountain Pride, offer a good blend of flavour, body and acidity.
Why juice tomatoes?
Tomatoes are great to have as a juice at night, and savoury tomato juice can also be a great meal replacement. And for those of us who like Bloody Mary’s, a fresh and healthy juice version is a great guilt-free alternative.
Tomatoes, a member of the nightshade family, offers a huge amount of health benefits. It is a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K. Tomatoes are also the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene (which research have shown has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer).