Thursday, July 24, 2008

Heirloom Tomatoes: A Taste to Be Treasured

Stop your grocery cart! Put back those hard red tasteless tomatoes! You don't have to succumb to the evil plot of your megamart bioengineers. Get yourself down to a farmers market or natural foods store (I can get them at Trader Joe's) and check out one of Mother Nature's true gifts of summer: the heirloom tomato!! Bred for taste and not for it's ability to ship well like the ones you've been buying for years at the megamart, heirloom tomatoes come in red, orange, yellow, green and even like this one pictured here - almost purple? Serve them sliced dressed simply with salt and pepper and maybe a drizzle of high quality extra virgin olive oil (no vinegar though. The specimens we've had lately are more acidic than the hard bred ones we've been used to) and then let the ooing and ahhing begin.