Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Posted by YumSugar
Summer means lots of great produce. Personally I always look forward to juicy ripe tomatoes. This year I've decided to plant a few of my own, and the first of the bunch (a few cherry tomatoes) have just started to ripen. The beefsteaks and heirloom "Mr. Stripey" varieties, as well as my baby baby super sweet cherry tomatoes — that is if they turn out like the ones at my mom's house — are green, but should be ripe soon.
Right now it seems like everyone is talking about tomato recipes. I personally like mine with just a little salt and pepper, or accompanied with fresh mozzarella, a few basil leafs and — if I'm feeling decadent — a slice of fried pancetta or bacon.
With all of this tomato talk, I thought it might be helpful to talk about the different kinds of tomatoes:
Beefsteak: The biggest of the tomato family with a meaty texture - good for salads, grilling, and burgers.
Plum: Also known as Roma tomatoes, these babies are oval shaped, good for cooking, and used frequently in both Italian and Mexican cooking.
Cherry: Small, round like a cherry, and bite sized, these are perfect for salads, roasting, and tossed with pastas.
Salad: Also known as vine or round tomatoes, these are excellent for eating raw in salads or sliced and used in quiches or gratins.
Grape: Like the cherry tomato, these are small, oval shaped tomatoes that are super sweet and kid friendly. Use in salads or for snacks.
Green: A tart, yet ripe variety perfect for frying or for adding color to a tomato salad.
Heirloom: A variety that has been grown for over 100 years with the seeds being passed down from generation to generation. There are many different heirloom varieties that come in many different shapes and sizes.
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