FEATURE: Organic in the City
As I wandered through my organic garden and harvested my summer bounty of organic heirloom tomatoes I thought to myself, “what the heck am I going to do with all of these tomatoes?” Needless to say, when my husband and I went to purchase our starter tomato plants this spring, we were a bit over zealous with our tomato purchases. With over seven different types of tomato plants, it feels as though we have tomatoes coming out of our ears!
Our tomato plants are now close to ten feet tall and producing like crazy. The yellow and red pineapple tomatoes are deliciously sweet. The deep red Brandywine tomatoes have a rich yet sweet tomato flavor. The Green Zebras are out of this world with their sweet zingy flavor that borders on almost lemony. The Black Crimson is a beauty all of its own with its deep purple and red flesh. Finally the red cherry and yellow grape tomatoes are so prolific I resorted to feeding these to my dog, and she loves them! I think I fed her a bit too many the other night however as she started to break wind.
After searching the web for organic food recipes, I came across several cool recipes on a website about organic food and living called Organic Authority. There I found a few simple recipes that guide you on how to savor this delicious summer fruit. The Organic Heirloom Tomato and Red Ruffle Basil Salad couldn’t be simpler to make and is absolutely divine. It is a show stopping colorful array of tasty, sweet, summer tomatoes. If you want something a little more challenging but fairly easy, try the Organic Heirloom Tomato and Basil Terrine with Basil Oil and Balsamic Glaze. This is a great twist on the favorite Italian caprese salad.
Finally, I was at a complete cross road with all of our red cherry tomatoes and yellow grape tomatoes because they are extremely prolific producers. These tomato vines seem to grow in and around every plant and structure in our garden. The solution, oven-dry them! Check out this organic food recipe for oven-dried tomatoes! They come out scrumptiously tasty.