The first inkling I had that people might be interested in using our vegetable powders came after my daughter, Molly, and my two grandsons, Ben and Sam, tried our Tomato Salt (which they call “red salt”). Two summers ago I had made a small batch of tomato salt from the mixture of heirloom tomatoes from the Napa garden and mixed the dried tomatoes with Celtic sea salt to prevent clumping. I sent Molly a jar to try out. A few weeks later she called and said that she and the boys were putting it on everything, and that as a result, they were happily eating foods that they had been previously hesitant to eat. Tomato Salt, in that moment, became the new “MSG,” an easy-to-use flavor enhancer, one that makes most any food taste better, but thankfully without the devastating health consequences of MSG. It became my quest at that point to find out the combination of tomatoes that produce the best flavor, texture and disease prevention.
Two years later, 100 percent of the tomatoes used in our Tomato Salt were grown in our Napa garden. Working mostly with seeds from Baker Creek and The Natural Gardening Catalogue, both of whom carry the seeds from master tomato breeder Brad Gates, I am getting the hang of the optimal mixture of tomato breeds. Some of the varieties in our Tomato Salt are heirlooms and others are hybrids. Some, like Indigo Apple, have the highest lycopene content of any known tomato variety. Lycopene is a nutrient that has been shown to improve prostate and eye health and is important in the prevention of prostate cancer and macular degeneration. Other varieties, like Early Girl and Big Beef, are included because of their high nutrient content and robust “tomatoey” flavor. The Thessaoniki variety is native to the Grecian islands and is included because of its unique, gentle flavor.
Tomatoes are rich, powerhouse foods loaded with disease-preventing nutrients. The list of diseases that the regular consumption of tomatoes, in any form, can help prevent include prostate cancer, macular degeneration, gall stones, UTIs, allergies, constipation and more. To top off this list, the regular consumption of tomatoes helps prevent the formation of wrinkles, especially wrinkles arising from chronic sun exposure.
Our Tomato Salt is an easy, convenient way to add the flavor and nutrition of tomatoes to your daily diet year round. Like Molly, I add Tomato Salt to just about everything I eat, but I especially love it on my morning eggs.
With gratitude for your interest in our powders,
Tom Cowan, M.D.
The other day I was asked what I do most days. My initial response was that I see patients two days a week and go to the garden two days a week. The obvious follow-up question was, what about the other three days? After giving it some thought, my answer was, I go for a walk on the beach twice a week, but mostly I process food. That is especially true this time of year.
Our Powders Easily Add Nutrients to Soups and Stews
My good friend and co-author Sally Fallon Morell used to say that her rule with her four children was that they had to eat the breakfast and dinner she served them, and then they were free to eat what they wanted during the day. She was banking on them getting enough nutrient-dense foods during those two meals to keep them well nourished and even well fed enough so that they wouldn’t be looking for junk food.
We’re Looking for Growers!
This past weekend we hosted a small group of people who are interested in working with our company to help us create new products. We toured the Napa garden and spoke about new and innovative approaches to using plants as medicinal food. I had many ideas and examples of plants for them to see, feel and even taste, but I focused on five that I am particularly excited about and that will help us fulfill the dictum “let thy food be thy medicine.”