July 26th, 2012

Tomato Times: Livin’ Large

So. Who’s picked the most tomatoes so far this year? Who cares? I don’t because I just picked my first tom this season. ‘Pilcer Vesy’ by  name. One pound of sugary slurpy sweetness the color of a goldfish, and lifted gently from the branch of a 6ft tall plant. If this tomato was a gal, she’d be called “statuesque”. I knocked myself out. Him Indoors was pretty impressed too. It’s a variety we are testing for next year’s tomato story, and THAT is all I will give away.

It deserved a photo so I propped it on my best piece of glass — a ladeedah Tiffany candlestick — and paid homage with my lens. It mesmerised me: The way the sun-kissed skin glowed, its little blemished shoulder turned shyly to the shadow. It rested quietly, demurely even as I captured its tender image — not like some glossy ol’ red Big Boy as thick as a red neck aiming to punch out  my lights….tomato1

The next step was to slice into this beauty. Selecting my sharpest knife I approached with reverence. All too often I’ve been disappointed:  too many seeds, wet soggy innards, mealy flesh. This fruit was as good inside as out.

sliced

Next came the all important taste test. But this was not to be just any old chomp-a-slice and see. No! This was the first tomato of the year, and after the Tiffany candlestick, only the best would do: A succulent 6 ounce burger of grass-fed organic Angus beef, with organic trimmings, including a generous shredding of home-reared lettuce-leaf basil, a freshly baked white roll, mayo, not too much ketchup, a shmeer of English mustard (Colman’s thankyou very much), and a slice of Provolone melted into a milky mantle.

Whoooa Buddy! now that’s what I call a meal fit for a tomato.

burger

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Comments

    Beautiful tomato. But I can’t help feeling it deserved a better end than that. :)

    Here we would’ve taken that same big slice and put it between two pieces of bread slathered in mayonnaise (Duke’s of course). Salt and pepper to taste. Then get ready to have it drip down your face.

    Umm good.

    But I’ll admit that burger looks pretty good too. :)

    Love this. The California Gold were very popular at our nursery! Delicious…and pretty too!

    I’ve recently picked tomatoes and I’m very happy.

    Hi, I was wondering if you have ever heard of or used diatomaceous earth in your garden? I have been using it for the last three seasons, but I wanted a experienced gardeners’ opinion. Thanks

    Never seen a tomato like it! I’m used to the red ones!

    That is inspired photography! Those tomatoes are absolutely gorgeous. A homegrown tomato is one of the great pleasures of summer. It will be a while before mine are ready to eat, but you have me eager for the day when slice can be slapped onto a sandwich such as yours!

    Tomato Growing Tips

    Planting a vegetable garden can be a truly rewarding experience. To be sure your garden is successful, you must pick a location that gets plenty of sunlight. The crops will need to be in a spot that is very open and sunny, giving them lots of room to thrive and grow.

    Get your kids and grand kids involved with gardening by letting them help you in the garden, and by taking them to nurseries and arboretums. Children generally love being outdoors and will soak up any knowledge you are willing to share about sunlight, water, and soil quality. Gardening is a great way for children to learn about nature and for them to bond with you.

    Think about asking friends or family for cuttings from their existing plants. Many plants will grow from cuttings so that you do not have to purchase a whole plant yourself. It takes only minutes to learn online which part of the plant you should cut off to replant, and using cuttings can save you hundreds of dollars in landscaping and gardening costs.

    Understanding how to grow organically, will always require the right type of information, so you might as well take it from these expert tips, instead of putting your trust in some other information out there. Make sure to heed this advice and your next garden can be the best you’ve ever grown.

    Being a fan for gardening, I could not help noticing the yellow tomato, it certainly looked perfect in every way. Was the taste the same?
    It would make a salad look very colourful.
    I shall have to keep a lookout for these seeds.
    Thank you for sharing.

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