A Rainbow of Tomatoes

Yellow Heirloom Cherry Tomato

The first ripe tomatoes never made it through the back door.  We popped them in our mouth …straight off the vine.  That’s one of the benefits of a chemical free back yard garden.  You know for a fact that there isn’t a single chemical leeching into that delicate tomato skin.

Speckled Green Cherry Tomatoes

A Row Of Rainbow Blend Cherry Tomatoes
(Botanical Interests)

Snow White Currant Tomatoes

Heirloom Green Cherry Tomatoes

Orange Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

Red Cherry Tomatoes (Super 100s)

As usual, the Super One Hundreds are turning out beautifully.  We’ve already dished up at least two giant bowls of tomato salad and one big bowl of pico de gallo (AKA salsa fresca).  And, three Costoluto Genovese as big as my husband’s fist.  They’re gorgeous and next year I’ll be doing a whole row of these beauties.  These were a huge success.

String Trellis Holding Up The Vines

Black Plum Tomatoes

These are a real show stopper.  …And, a MUST HAVE for next year!

Black Krim

Black Krim …Down the Mini Row

Florence Fennel

A Couple More Weeks For Most

Just Over One Week For Two or Three

Jalapenos… 6 Plants Are More Than Enough

Jalapeno Pickles Are In Our Future

Down The Row

California Wonders Starting To Grow

We’re also watching the cayenne and gypsy peppers grow.  But, we don’t see any mature peppers, yet.  The jalapenos came first … then the gypsy peppers …cayenne and California Wonders are bringing up the rear.  Something was eating the California Wonder’s leaves.  They took some time to recover.  Even with that abuse, each and every plant came back strong.

Cherry Tomato Salsa Fresca
makes one large bowl

3 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 onion, finely diced
1 small bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped
juice of one lime
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-4 jalapeno, finely diced (How spicy?  You choose.)
1 clove of garlic ground to a paste with 1/2 tsp salt
Salt & Pepper, to taste

2 stalks of cilantro, leaves saved

In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, onions, cilantro and jalapeno.  Set aside.  Juice lime into a small bowl.  Remove any seeds that sneak in.  Add sugar, salt and garlic paste.  Stir until sugar and salt melt.  Pour over salad.  Taste.  Add salt & pepper as desired.

Pour into serving bowl and scatter cilantro leaves on top.

And, The Kadota Fig Tree That Could …Hanging In There!

2 comments to A Rainbow of Tomatoes

  • michele

    Hi Min,

    If that poor little scraggly tree makes it… it’ll be a miracle. It’s nothing but a four foot stalk with less than a handful of branches and two tiny clumps of leaves and figs. I have no idea how it was capable of producing a single fig… let alone a cluster like that. It really is amazing.

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