Speckled Roman Tomatoes En Route!

These tomatoes are beautiful. The photo is of an immature speckled Roman tomato.Speckled Roman tomato, immature Notice the very dramatic striping! I’ve read that this tomato is good for making tomato paste and for use in salads. Double duty! I am very eager to sample my first speckled Roman tomato.

As an aside, for the past few weeks, I’ve been eating tomato salads with mozzarella cheese, basil, a splash of olive oil, and a few grinds of black pepper. This has turned out to be the perfect light supper for the summer!  I grow mostly heirloom tomatoes. In my opinion, heirlooms put to shame the taste of regular store-bought tomatoes. There is no comparison in the flavor. I find the heirlooms to be less acidic and more intense in tomato flavor.

A colleague of mine and I were in Hawaii a few years ago and she’d remarked about how that was the first time she’d ever eaten a “real” pineapple, that she didn’t know pineapples could taste that good (and they did!). Quality speaks for itself, and is the reason that I, and many other gardeners, started and continue our homegrown fruit and vegetable gardens.

I started out with just a few packets of seeds and a plastic containers and added more as I experienced the delicious results of my efforts and became more confident. Young tomato and other fruit, vegetable, and herb plants are also available if the idea of starting from seed seems to be too much effort in the beginning. Why not give it a try today?

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE: The non-fruit parts of tomato plants are poisonous if ingested. More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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