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Solanum lycopersicum ‘Cherokee Green’ tomato which was discovered in 1997 is a vegetable often featured at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It’s a beefsteak-type tomato with medium-sized fruits and a yellowish hue when ripe and an inside of bright green. It is known for boosting productivity, fighting diseases and its outstanding flavor, making it one of the best green tomatoes.
It is recommended to never store tomatoes in the refrigerator – as their flavor and texture begin to deteriorate at temperatures below 54 degrees Fahrenheit. It is best to store fresh tomatoes at room temperature (away from direct sunlight) for two to three days until ready to use. Tomatoes are very nutritious, high in vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A.
Theresa Desai, RD, LDN, CDE, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at NorthShore, shares her recipe using Cherokee Green tomatoes:
Green Enchilada Pie (Recipes makes 12 servings)Ingredients:For the enchiladas:
For the spice blend:
Nutritional Information (per serving)Calories 320Fat 9 gSodium 580 mgCarbs 27 gFiber 5 gProtein 18 g