Veggie (Fruit) of the Week: Tomatoes /To-mah-toes!

TOMATO PHOTO WITH pie plate and chicken napkin

Make our delicious Chaiwalla Tomato Pie recipe (click here)


The tomato is classified as a fruit (berry), but we all think of it as a vegetable. They come in various shapes and sizes…from large to grape-sized and round to oval to pear-shaped in a range of colors, such as green, yellow, red, and purple.

You can get tomatoes all year, but now is the time when they taste best.  Fresh off the vine and organically grown either in your own garden or from local farms, farm stands and farmers markets.

When buying tomatoes look for those that are brightly colored, plump, heavy and whose skins are not shriveled.  Stay away from those that are cracked, bruised or have blemished and soft spots.  A good tomato will yield to light pressure but shouldn’t be too soft (Tomato Squeezing…how not to ruin tomatoes for everyone else)  If you’re not going to use the tomatoes for a few days, choose tomatoes that are lighter in color and allow them to ripen fully by storing them in a cool area out of the direct sunlight.

Do not store ripe tomatoes in the refrigerator because this will cause them to become pulpy and lose their flavor. Store at room temperature and out of the sunlight and use within a few days.

tomato-variety-chart

In addition to canning, did you know you can also freeze tomatoes? 

Tomatoes can be frozen whole, in chunks or as juice. If frozen properly, they can be stored in the freezer for approximately a year. When frozen whole tomatoes or chunks of tomatoes are thawed, they do not remain solid and are not suitable for sandwiches or salads. However, frozen tomatoes are a delicious addition to foods such as pasta sauces, chili, and other soups.


FAVORITE TOMATO RECIPES ON OUR WEBSITE

CHAIWALLA’S FAMOUS TOMATO PIE

VICKI’S GAZPACHO

CHICKEN BREAST WITH TOMATO HERB PAN SAUCE

HEIRLOOM TOMATO CAPRESE

FRESH TOMATO SALSA



Tomato Varieties

  • Mainstays:  Berry Boy, Celebrity, Fantastic, Beefmaster, ‘Delicious, Supersteak, Big Red, Beefeater, Pink Wonder
  • Early harvest: Quick Pick, Bush Early Girl, Jetsetter
  • Early to medium harvest: Red Sun, Mountain Spring
  • Heirlooms: Tigerella, Purple Russian, Antique Roman, Green Sausage
  • Cherry: Gold Nugget, Tumbling Tom, Chocolate Cherry, Gardener’s Delight
  • Plum: Roma, Summer Sweet, Black Plum

CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN TOMATOES

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