I’ve Waited All Year…

July 31, 2009

Tomato Rainbow

Tomato Rainbow

… for these tomatoes. I love heirloom tomatoes and, as I’ve said before, I don’t often buy tomatoes out of season. Once you taste an organic heirloom tomato you can never go back, they spoil you. An heirloom is “something of special value handed on from one generation to another”. In regard to agriculture, heirloom is defined as “a horticultural variety that has survived for several generations usually due to the efforts of private individuals”. How to thank these individuals? I am grateful to know what a real tomato tastes like. They are a fine balance of sweetness and acidity. They are rainbow-bright, and run the spectrum from dark red-black to butter yellow and striped sulphur green. There are over 5,000 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and they have great names. Better, even, than nail polish names. Black Krim. Mystery Keeper. Green Sausage. Hillbilly. Japanese Oxheart. Mortgage Lifter. Long Tom. Trucker’s Favourite. Get some – slice them onto a plate. Sprinkle with your choice of salt. Eat. Be thankful. As the season marches on there are other ways of enjoying tomatoes – simple salads with olive oil, vinegar and basil or pesto, gazpacho, batches of tomato sauce, oven-roasted. If you freeze sauces or roasted tomatoes, or even whole ripe tomatoes, you can prolong one of the best things about summer.

A Summer Highlight

Worth the Wait

Tomato Seedquins

Tomato Seedquins


12 Responses to “I’ve Waited All Year…”

  1. katie said

    Hooray! tomatoes!! My favourite is the SUPER SWEET little sugar bomb of a tomato called the sungold…bliss.

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  3. Glo said

    I too am a tomato nut and loved your photos and write up. After reading the Foodista Blog the Bakers Balance Blog is very much a cutting edge and well informed blog. Bravo from Glo “a food fan”

  4. What a colorful display of tomatoes. Surely worth the wait! 🙂

  5. Oh how I LOVE tomatoes in the summertime. Ripe tomatoes with a little mayo, fresh bread and sea salt make the perfect summer sandwich. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

    Congrats on being chosen as Foodista’s Food Blog of the Day!

  6. The majesty of tomatoes. They are beautiful and your photography makes them more so. How different are the taste of the different colors?

    • dawnegourley said

      Thank-you. The different coloured tomatoes all have their own qualities – some are more sugary, others have a meaty texture, and others are excellent for roasting. It’s a whole new tomato-shaped world once you discover heirlooms.

  7. Excellent site, keep up the good work

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