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Assorted Heirloom Tomatoes
Inventory, 10 lbs : 46.97
This item was last sold on : 01/24/21
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Varying widely in size, shape, color and taste, heirloom tomatoes are quite different in appearance from common tomatoes. Most are fragile, with few seeds, meaty flesh and a thin skin. This thin skin, however, is what gives the tomato a higher sugar content and excellent flavor.
Assorted Heirloom tomatoes are available year-round from different growing regions in Mexico and North America.
Heirloom tomatoes packed in an assorted box, usually ten pounds, are the most common packaging of these tomatoes for commercial distribution.
Rich in vitamin C, tomatoes provide a source of folate and fiber. Cholesterol-free and low in calories, one six ounce tomato contains about 26 calories.
Heirloom tomatoes are most often served fresh as simple preparation allows their intense, tomato flavor to come through. Add slices to salads or layer with basil and fresh mozzarella to make a classic Italian Caprese salad. Blend with strawberries and fresh herbs for a take on gazpacho. Slow-roast to concentrate the tomato's natural sweetness and puree into a dip with garbanzo beans and tahini. Layer in savory tarts, dice into fresh salsa or roast and add to risotto with summer vegetables such as squash and corn. Heirloom tomatoes are fragile, bruise easily, and should be used immediately upon ripening. Do not refrigerate.
The tomato, genetically a fruit but used as both a fruit and a vegetable, is one of the most versatile flavoring ingredients in today's culinary world.
Sometimes difficult to define, an heirloom variety is one that has been around more than fifty years, can reproduce from seed and has a unique history. Recently heirloom tomatoes have made a come back as consumers are demanding tomatoes that offer rich, tomato flavor. Varieties have adapted regionally in almost every climate around the world and heirlooms, have successfully survived.
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