Monday, September 26, 2011
I don't know about you, but I think these tomatoes look pretty damn glorious. Yes they're mottled, and knobbly, and not a single one is fire-truck red ... but bite into one and you're going to have a mouthful of happiness. Juicy, flavourful, meaty happiness.
Then sprinkle one with sea salt ... close your eyes ... and bite.
You might never go back to those weak, watery tomatoes the supermarkets stock. They will seem ... inadequate. Yes, you may find hydroponic tomatoes in the dead of winter, but - ask yourself -
do they really, really taste like tomatoes?And isn't that what life is all about? Eating stuff because it tastes good? Not eating stuff because it's there?
I was going to tell you all about heirloom veggies (and fruits, which tomatoes technically are) ... about how these are varieties of the foods we love that were cultivated before mega-farming and hydroponics emerged ... how they're tastier but uglier and don't store so well for weeks on the shelves ... But you know what? You can learn more about heirloom varieties here, if you'd like.
I like that we just talked about taste.
And fresh, salted tomatoes.