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You Say To-may-toe, I say To-mah-toe

By Newleaf Staff on Aug 11, 2015 4:00 PM

However you say it, we love ‘em. It’s local tomato season and they are at their juiciest and best-tasting, so dive in and enjoy. Here are some tasty tomato facts to get you started.

What are Dry-Farmed Tomatoes?

It is a process where all irrigation is cut off after the plants have become established, forcing their roots deep into the soil in search of water and allows them to focus on producing fruit.  Best used in recipes that allow their intense flavor to shine, these tomatoes are perfect for roasting or in salads, salsas, jams and chutneys. They ripen anywhere from mid-July to mid-October, are possibly the most eagerly awaited harvest of the year here on the Central Coast.

Heirloom:

Heirloom or 'Heritage' tomatoes are special because cultivators have saved the seeds and passed them down through the generations. They come in a range of sizes, colors and, of course, flavors. Best appreciated raw, slice them up and simply drizzle with balsamic vinegar to make an aesthetic statement on a plate. Heirlooms ripen faster than modern commercial varieties so you should only buy enough for a few days. Pick heirlooms that are somewhat firm to the touch because anything softer means they are overripe.

Beefsteak:

Referred to as a “beef tomato” by the British, the beefsteak is a favorite among home growers. Due to their larger size beefsteaks are not commercially grown as often as other types, but here on the central coast we have amazing farmers that grow some of the finest organic beefsteaks around!

Cherry:

Ranging from the size of a thumb tip to a golf ball this variety is thought to be a cross between domesticated garden tomatoes and wild currant-type tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes reach higher sugar concentrations than full-size tomatoes, so they taste sweeter. For a delicious side dish, try roasting them whole.

What is a Green Tomato?

Green tomatoes are just regular, unripe red tomatoes. They’re firm (though they’ll soften upon cooking) and sour. Perfect for cooking and baking, you wouldn’t want to just pop one in your mouth. If a recipe calls for a green tomato, heirlooms such as Green Zebra are not the ones they are looking for. Try substituting for tart green apples in recipes for cakes and pies. Sounds weird? Remember they are a fruit!

Panzanella Salad

6 cups of New Leaf’s Own Garlic Bread cut into 1" cubes
6 cups of dry-farmed tomatoes cut in large chunks
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 bunch basil leaves, torn
8 oz of Galbani Ciliegine mozzarella, drained
Balsamic vinegar
Bacon (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place garlic bread cubes on sheet pan and place in oven until crisp and brown, toss occasionally. About 15 minutes. Cut tomatoes and place in large bowl, toss with olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add warm garlic bread, fresh basil leaves and drained mozzarella, toss, and add bacon now if you are so inclined. Serve immediately in large bowls, drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Dry-Farmed Tomato Bruschetta

2 - 3 lbs heirloom or dry farm tomatoes
1 medium yellow onion
1 lemon
½ cup Cadia extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup Cadia organic balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, pressed
1-8 oz container fresh mozzarella balls
2 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
Toasted bread or crackers

Chop tomatoes and onions, and put into a large bowl. Halve and squeeze the lemon over the mixture. Add in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add garlic, mozzarella, basil and salt and pepper to taste. Mix gently and dollop onto toasted bread or crackers.



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