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Tomato Review – pt 2 :) October 20, 2015

Posted by Sindy in Cooking, Gardening, Journal.
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tomato-review2_wordpressTomatoes are one of my favorite vegetables. Quite honestly, it’s no wonder that I decided to do a second tomato review. (You can find my first Tomato Review here.) This time my landlady and I found ourselves at our local farmer’s market, so I bought some from a friend who loves to grow heirloom tomatoes. We had a grand ‘ol tasty time when we got home. 🙂

Indigo Rose

Let’s start with the Indigo Rose. This lovely and kind of cool tomato looks like it’s been dripped with black by nature. The black comes from the same stuff that make blueberries blue and healthy and imbue this tomato with the same health benefits. Although it’s nice and flavorful, that flavor is mostly “green” (for lack of a better word) and tart.
I’d give it a 4 for looks, but a 2 for flavor, for a solid 3 out of 5.

German Strawberry

These beauties tend to be a pinkish red in an elegant strawberry shape. I guess they named them “German” strawberries because someone assumed that Germans prefer a savory strawberry to a sweet. Of course, this is very inaccurate, not just because they prefer sweet just like the rest of us, but as a people they would probably prefer something much more flavorful. Sadly, although this little gem was nice and juicy with soft skin just begging for someone to bite into it, it was bland. Not bad with a little salt, but it also had some of those annoying fibrous veins.
Maybe a 3.5 out of 5.

Black Zebra

Probably some of the ugliest tomatoes you’ll ever come across, Black Zebras are striped red and green with a good dose of brown to make it look yucky. The funny dimple on the bottom is probably it’s best feature. It has tough skin, dull “greenhouse” flavor, and those horrible veins. As my roommate said “even without the veins, I wouldn’t go looking for it.”
No offense to those who like it, but I give it a solid 1 out of 5.

Orange Minsk

If an artist were to paint these tomatoes orange, they couldn’t give it a more beautiful or smooth orange color than what nature gave it. After a description like that, it might surprise you to learn that they are kind of lumpy, with a tough stem that thinks it’s the tomatoes Siamese twin (i.e. it doesn’t want to let go). It’s a wonderfully soft and juicy tomato, but again we found it bland with a hint of tart which sadly isn’t helped with salt.
Maybe a 3 out of 5, just because of it’s lovely color.

German Gold

Finally, another tomato with the title “German,” this tomato has interesting coloring with a golden yellow covering most of it, and then striped with red-ish orange that goes deep into the flesh. They have a very different flavor that we found difficult to describe. I would describe it as “Just there. Not really a tomato flavor.” The red flesh is a slightly different/better flavor, but still not one of my favorites. Again, it had those frustrating veins, but other than that, we agreed this might make a nice mild sandwich tomato.
Hmm, this is a hard one. Maybe 3.5 out of 5.

Conclusion

This session was a wash. Apparently our friend likes his tomos pretty, but bland and a little tart. Oh well, to each his own I guess.

The tomato season is winding down here in Utah, so I might not get to do another tomato review this year.

In the meantime, I’m going to be starting an indoor salad garden. I bought a lidless plastic bin from a local thrift store to use as a mini greenhouse in the screened patio (which my landlady covers in plastic each winter to try to get some more use out of it), a few rotisserie chickens (to the chagrin of my landlady who’s fridge I share) so I could use the containers as pots, and a cookie sheet from the dollar store to catch any runoff from the “pots.” We’ll see if a brown-thumb can do this.

Have fun and be good. 😀

– Sindy

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