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Aug 2, 2011

Not Your Typical Tomato

When I think of a tomato, I think round, red, and juicy. The typical tomato comes in a range of sizes from huge to little grape tomatoes that seem to be the perfect bite-sized addition to any salad. Now, heirloom tomatoes have made an appearance and completely change your idea of a typical tomato.

Each one of these heirloom tomatoes is genetically different, and they have been around for over 50 years. However, the unique fruits bruise easily making shipping difficult. This may be why you haven’t seen many heirloom tomatoes in your local grocery store.

With local food becoming more popular, though, heirloom tomatoes from local farms are popping up in grocery stores all over. Here’s what to look for: heirloom tomatoes come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. They also vary in tastes and can add a little diversity to a basic salad.

You can also grow your own heirloom tomatoes by simply buying and planting the seeds in your own backyard. This not only promotes sustainability, but there is nothing better than homegrown tomatoes in a summer salad.

If you don’t want to wait until next year to grow your own unique tomatoes, check out your local grocery store or farmers market to see what they offer. From there you can start preparing delicious dishes with heirloom tomatoes.

One of my personal favorites has to be bruschetta, and with the added flavor of heirloom tomatoes, it’s even better. Below is a great recipe for heirloom tomato bruschetta! Enjoy!!

http://www.merrygourmet.com/2010/07/heirloom-tomato-bruschetta/