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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Heirloom Tomatoes are the best fruit ever

suncreek garden chronicles…installment #8

Did you know that tomatoes are botanically a fruit, but considered a vegetable for culinary purposes which of course causes some confusion.  Tomatoes are grown world-wide and are the most popular home garden fruit grown. 

Heirloom tomatoes are seed varieties that have been handed down through the generations.  They are the real deal!  Unlike the tomatoes we see in the local grocery store that are perfectly shaped and uniform in color most often have little or no real tomato flavor.  The heirlooms can range from a deep plum color to pale pink.  They have cracks and bumps and are misshapen.  Each heirloom has great characteristics and a wide range of flavor.

The heirloom tomato are not just for gourmet foodies.  The heirloom tomato is the people’s tomato bred by amateurs, farmers and gardeners-designed to be homegrown. 

Some of you who have been stopping by the blog know we are growing a garden.  We are anxiously anticipating the tomato crop.  The plants are looking great, very health and full of flowers and yes tomatoes. We purchased our plants from a couple of local growers which has turned out to be a very good decision.  The plants are healthy and obviously from good seed stock.

We have planted black cherry , beefmaster, heatwave and goliath’s which are heirloom tomatoes.  The goliath tomato has been reported to grow as large as three pounds.  WOW 3#!!! 

By the way, is it Tomatos or Tomatoes?  They both look wrong to me…but I always choose to spell it Tomatoes because its easier for me to make an “es” at the end instead of just an “s”.  Either way tomatoes are delicious!!! 

My favorite way to enjoy a red ripe tomato is on a sandwich.  A tomato sandwich!!!  Two slices of bread, mayo, sliced tomato sprinkled with salt and pepper…delicious!!!

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