The heart of summer sandwiches

Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 1:00am

No matter how you slice it, Tennessee is about to approach the long-awaited local tomato season.

Juicy vine-ripened, sweet fruit (although used like a vegetable, the tomato is a fruit) will be replacing tomatoes imported from Florida and Alabama and bringing the pleasure of the familiar Tennessee taste. Local farmers grow Bradley, Celebrity, Big Boys, Better Boys, Pink Ladies and a slew of other varieties. Tomatoes are available in a range of sizes from the grape and yellow pear tomatoes to the largest Beefsteak tomato as well as green (unripe), yellow and orange tomatoes.

The delicious tomato is rich in vitamin C and contains appreciable amounts of vitamins A and B, potassium, iron and phosphorus. A medium tomato has about as much fiber as a slice of whole-wheat bread and only about 35 calories.

Nashvillians are fortunate to have two excellent, year-round sources for fresh produce

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