San Marzano tomatoes are ideal for making sauces due to their elongated shape, minimal seeds, firm flesh, and lower juice content. The sweet and mild variety can be roasted or cooked on the stovetop for use in pasta, pizzas, lasagnas, or ragus. It can also be used fresh for sandwiches, bruschetta, and salads, sliced thin and baked into a savory tart, or drizzled with olive oil and roasted. Beyond fresh applications, San Marzano tomatoes are famously canned and develop a soft texture when preserved. These tomatoes can also be dried and ground into a powder or made into a tomato paste for extended use.
San Marzano tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which are antioxidants that can help strengthen the immune system and increase collagen production within the body. The tomatoes also provide some fiber, potassium, and folate, and are known for containing the antioxidant compound lycopene, which gives the flesh its red hue and helps the body fight against free radicals.
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