Tomatoes: Ugly but Good

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

They aren't always pretty, our tomatoes. These were the ones I picked yesterday, fresh from the vine... dents, cracks, blemishes and all.

On the outside, they look like the motley crew of a grungy garage band. But on the inside? They're a world-class symphony of tomato flavor -- tuned to perfection. Sweet and juicy, with a hint of tartness. Delicious.

We've been enjoying our ugly-but-good tomatoes in all sorts of ways. We've put them in panzanella...


... in eggplant parmesan and on sandwiches...


... and heaped on top of a taco salad.


Ugly tomatoes? Yes. But they sure do clean up well.

7 Comments:

Blogger ginger said...

I think they are beautiful! What variety?

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Genie said...

They look awfully tasty to me...ours are all green right now! We've finally got warmer weather and some sun today, though, so I'm hoping for a little bit of reprieve and maybe some ripening.

Genie
The Inadvertent Gardener

10:33 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

Ginger,
These are brandywines and beefsteaks. The one on the left grew from a voluneer plant, so I'm not sure what that one is. Maybe a brandywine, too?

Genie,
Here's hoping yours ripen soon, before the weather turns cool again!

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Taryn said...

Wow! I'm more of a cooked tomato gal myself, but your pictures sure do look tasty!

3:44 PM  
Blogger Loretta said...

I like all the cracks- they add character, and "patina". Old world charm!

3:01 PM  
Blogger JMom said...

ours started doing the same thing! cracking and getting brownish. They still are delicious though.

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful tomatoes and great recipes! Thanks! We found a "Ugly" tomato from a company called Santa Sweets that we can get all year round at our local retaler (we found another retailer we needed to educate and they later stocked them for us). The UglyRipe Heirloom is by far the best tasting tomato available at retail.

11:13 AM  

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