This easy tomato juice recipe is even tastier with a splash of Tabasco sauce, or a small pinch of cayenne pepper.
When making the above recipe I passed the tomato pulp through my Samson juicer a couple of times to extract all the tasty juice.
Tomatoes are nearly 95% water, and can be blended to make raw Gazpacho soup.
Tomatoes are actually fruits, but being low in sugar they are usually eaten like vegetables. Ripe red tomatoes are rich in beta-carotene and the anti-oxidant lycopene.
Some of the health benefits of tomatoes:
Carotenoids are fat-soluble - so eat tomatoes with avocadoes, nuts, seeds, or olive oil to maximize their health benefits.
Tomatoes belong to the solanum family, as do potatoes, aubergines and deadly nightshade. Early varieties of tomatoes where high in solamine which is known to be poisonous, but (hopefully!) our modern tasty tomatoes have been bred to be safe to eat.
High in Vitamin C and Vitamin A.
Rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium.
While tomato juice is mostly water and carbohydrate it also contains small amounts of all the amino acids (protein).
If you'd like more raw tomato nutrition facts go to the USDA National Nutrient Database and enter "raw red tomatoes" into the search box.
Creating your own fresh juice is fun, and I recommend you begin by following a recipe. This way the juice is more likely to taste delicious, and you'll want to keep on juicing:)
For lots of recipe ideas check out "The Juice Suggester - Juice Recipe Software". This handy tool gives you recipes for whatever fruit and vegetables you've got around the house, and you can print out the list to take shopping too!