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They’re tasty, delicious and versatile. What isn’t there to like about tomatoes? Here’s only the tip of the iceberg about this delicious fruit.
About The Tomato
Tomatoes are fruit and they belong to the nightshade family. They are grown all over, however they originated in Central and South America.
So Many Tomatoes, So Little Time
There are so many types of tomatoes that you have to go with what works with you. There’s Beefsteak, Cherry, Heirloom, Grape, Roma and more.
How to Grow Them
Tomatoes are some of the most popular fruit to grow. If you are starting them from seeds, you’ll want to start your seeds 6 to 8 weeks before the last spring frost date. Make sure that while your seedlings grow, the site you pick has a lot of sun. You can also grow your tomatoes in a pot.
Tomatoes stay fresher when chilled. The answer is not true. Tomatoes actually lose flavor when chilled. Setting a tomato in a sunny area will NOT ripen them. Ethylene gas ripens a tomato. Just a couple of myths for you.
The health benefits of tomatoes are immense. They are filled with Vitamins K, C and A. They are also full of folic acid. Tomatoes can also reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.
Charred Tomatoes with Fried Eggs on Garlic Toast
This is a great breakfast treat. It’s simply rustic bread, garlic, olive oil, eggs, salt and pepper, and some small tomatoes. The charred tomatoes are quite similar in taste to ketchup. Delicious.
Here’s a fun and zesty take on BLT’s. Zip them up with some guacamole. Also, to make them healtheir, try using multi-grain bread and turkey bacon.
Oven Dried Grape Tomatoes
If you have a lot of cherry or grape tomatoes lying around, here’s a way to use them. top them with whatever you like, but then use, thyme, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper and olive oil and place them in a 250 degree oven for a couple of hours. When they look dry, pack them in mason jars and in extra virgin olive oil. Place in the fridge.
This cobbler is savory and tasty. It makes an excellent side dish. It uses cherry tomatoes, guyere cheese, onions, garlic, heavy cream among some of its ingredients.
Tomato Grillers on Toast
This dish is pretty simple, elegant, and makes a great appetizer. It combines goat cheese and a burst of sweet from the cherry tomatoes.
Cowboy Tomato Jam
This Jam is spicy, sweet, savory and excellent to use on a BLT or to yet your tomato fix. In the Winter, it uses tomates, sugar, lime, giner, jalapeno, cumin and salt. Combine everything into a saucepan. Cook until the sugar dissoves and then boil until temp reaches 220F. Fill the mixture in sterlized jars. Jam is served.
Tomato Zucchini Tart
Savory and fantastic. This tart can be used as a side dish or as the main star at brunch. The cornmeal crust should be made and refrigerated two days prior. This tart contains regular and cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, zucchini, eggs and thyme.