Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Celebration of the Heirloom Tomato!

Last week, despite the unusually cold weather, these heirloom tomatoes were selling summertime! And I bought them!

Heirloom tomatoes are open pollinated, non-hybrid tomatoes known for their great flavor and beautiful color. Many heirloom varieties have been passed down for generations. They are more expensive than supermarket tomatoes but you will find yourself treasuring every bite of these tomatoes.

You can see the beautiful variation in color as well as the varigated structure. Each one is like a piece of edible art!

And how should you eat an heirloom tomato? They are wonderful with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of kosher salt. We ate these with a gourmet hamburger but they are also great with fresh mozzarella and basil. Happy eating!