Friday, July 20, 2007


Mother Nature's bounty is plentiful this season. This enormous bowl of tomatoes, mostly "Porter" were begging to be picked yesterday. They are small - in between cherry tomato and roma tomato size. I'd never grown this variety before, and the first ones of the vine were unremarkable, but they are wonderful in a tomato salad - a little to soft for pico de gallo as Jeff discovered. Last night I discovered that they make fabulous stewed tomatoes - I parboiled and skinned them and mixed them with sauteed onions and garlic and herbs and froze them and they were sweet and meaty and delicious. I also picked the first of our "Bonnie" tomatoes, but have yet to taste them. I had two helpers while harvesting yesterday!


Bonnie said...

Looks like we are growing the same crop mixture! I have some small roma-type called Juliet. I'm OK with the taste but not bowled over. What's the dark color tomato in your bowl?

Diana said...

It is a Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato. Very tasty - not as sweet as some other bigger varieties and not very acidic, but a good, solid tomato. Of course, like the rest of them, the are ugly on top - splitting from the excess rain!