It’s tomato season! Shout it from the rooftops, grab every beautiful variety you can find at the farmers’ market, and let’s get eating.

Though we see tomatoes everywhere this time of year, most of us don’t realize the nutritional benefits we get from eating this nutrient-rich fruit.

Lycopene not only gives red tomatoes their bright color; it can also potentially help improve bone health. What’s more, this antioxidant-rich fruit has also been shown to help decrease bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of blood clots.

#ProTip – Try cooked tomatoes as well as raw ones – cooking them helps break down their cell wall and causes them to release more lycopene.

With more than 100 tomato varieties out there – and more heirloom versions surfacing every season, you’ve got plenty of healthful, colorful choices.

Want more tomato goodness? Check out our tomato-inspired Pinterest board, jam-packed with everything from recipes to growing tips.