Tomato Time

Craig McCord

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The tomato namers out there are a very creative bunch.

Check out some of the names on this partial list of tomato varieties:

Andrew Rahart’s Jumbo Red, Arkansas Traveler, Banana Legs, Bloody Butcher, Celebrity Supreme, Cherokee Purple, Green Sausage, Indigo Rose, Jolly Elf, Lizziebelle, Martian Giant, Mr. Ugly, Out Damn Spot, Pink Ping Pong, Russian Persimon, Sunny Boy, Trucker’s Favorite, Viva Italia, Woodle Orange, Zebra Cherry, and list goes on and on.

Do you see your favorite?

We find ourselves in the thick of tomato season and if you’re a tomato lover, this is a great time of the year.

These days it’s easy to see piles of luscious Solanum lycopersicum and think they will be around forever, or at least another few weeks.

But before we know it, tomatoes will be gone–a memory to be savored until next summer.

Savor the flavor while you can.

So, what’s the plan? How to maximize the remaining tomato time? How to preserve some of this summer goodness for later?

We turned to Saveur for a few ideas for enjoying tomatoes right now. Here’s some of what we found:

Panzanella (Bread and Tomato Salad)

Tomato Sandwich

Rice with Tomatoes and Onions

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Spanish-Style Toast with Tomato (Pan Con Tomate)

Delving further into tomato-land, we found these delicious-sounding recipes on 101cookbooks. Check these:

Roasted Tomato Soup

Spiced Tomato Gratin

Cherry Tomato Couscous

Tomato Tarte Tatin

Golden Tomato Sauce

So, there are some great suggestions to get you started eating delicious, late-summer tomatoes.

There’s nothing better than having fresh tomato sauce in winter. With a little effort right now you’ll have plenty in your freezer when the snow starts to fall.

We’ve pulled together a few links to get you started extended the harvest.

Denise’s Kitchen has this: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Preserving Tomatoes

Food52 describes: Tomato Conserva

This is just a starting point, you’ll come up with your own ideas, but maybe one of these links will get your creative juices flowing.

So, savor the flavor while you can and preserve some delicious tomatoes for the coming cold, snowy days.

Photo credit: Craig McCord