Eat Seasonal: Top Tomatoes
What do green zebra, beefsteak, and Tiny Tim all have in common? Answers on the back of a postcard please. Here’s a clue – it’s peak tomato season. Hooray, do the flamenco!
There are more than 15,000 varieties of tomato, 3,000 of which are considered heirloom. The French believed tomatoes had aphrodisiac properties, calling them ‘pommes d’amour’ or ‘love apples’. Interestingly, the cultivated tomato’s Latin name is Lycopersicon, meaning ‘wolf peach’, due to the belief that they were poisonous. So if you’re feeling amorous or deadly, grab a tomato.
Top Tomato Recipes
The long sunny days have ripened a bumper crop of tomatoes this year. If you love to eat seasonal produce, July and August are the best time to cook with fresh tomatoes. We’ve rounded up some great recipes from a few of our favourite foodies:
Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary, features a simple but delicious Tomato, Red Onion, and Goats Cheese Salad with a Balsamic Vinegar Dressing Once you’ve enjoyed your salad, take the time to read Elizabeth’s incredible story behind her blog.
The Best Tomato Sauce comes from Deliciously Ella – if you’re trying to eat plant based you have probably already found Ella Mills’ beautiful blog. Typing ‘tomato’ into the Deliciously Ella search engine also reveals many more tasty options.
This Miso-Roasted French Bean and Tomato recipe is for end of season fruits which are past their prime. A great tomato recipe to keep in mind for when you’ve got behind on harvesting…
If you prefer to drink your tomatoes, Simply Recipes has an easy Homemade Tomato Juice recipe. Stocking your fridge with tomato juice then allows you to make yourself a Bloody Mary. If you prefer gin to vodka, also try out Food Republic’s Red Snapper Cocktail Recipe.
My all time favourite tomato recipe has to be: thinly sliced beef tomatoes, slightly thicker slices of mozzarella, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with fresh basil and then EAT. What are you top tomato recipes? Are you growing your own this year?