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Beautiful Tomatoes

Are you tired of the beautiful tomatoes you are buying at the grocery store only to get home to discover they taste like cardboard? Ever wonder why they have no flavor?

Tomatoes from large commercial suppliers must be able to withstand long distance travel and extensive handling. For this reason the varieties grown are developed primarily for these qualities and not for superior taste. Due to the long distance travel these tomatoes are harvested early, shipped to a warehouse where they are then “gassed” (sprayed with a ripening hormone) and sit until ready to ship to retailers. Vegetables can begin to lose their nutritional value within 24 hours after harvest and the loss continues the longer they are off the vine. By the time these tomatoes reach their final destination they have little to no nutritional value as well as being tasteless.

Heirloom tomatoes on the other hand are thin skinned and can be damaged easily but will have exceptional flavor. They are a bit more difficult to grow because they are more susceptible to pests and disease but the effort is worth it in the end.

There are also many hybrid tomatoes that are superior in taste but don’t ship easily like heirlooms. In fact my favorite is the Celebrity tomato. Better Boy, Big Beef and Cherry 100 are all fantastic hybrids. The quality hybrid list can go on as long as the heirloom list. In fact I am so impressed with so many hybrid tomatoes I have included many varieties along with an extensive list of heirlooms in my garden this year for you to enjoy.

Hybrids:

Celebrity- A long time favorite for outstanding flavor.

Better Boy- Big meaty red fruits.

Big Beef- Large sandwich type tomato.

Juliet- Sweet plum tomato.

New Girl-Early and great tasting.

Roma- Cooking, canning or paste.

Heirloom:

Brandywine- Most widely grown heirloom. Deep pink skin and red flesh.

Cherokee Green- Bold acidic flavor. Orange with green stripes.

Green Zebra- Tangy salad tomato. Yellow blush with green stripes.

Japanese Black Trifle- Pear shaped fruit with rich flavor. Burgundy with green shoulders.

Moskvich- Rich taste. Deep red and extra early.

Nepal- Meaty old fashioned tomato flavor. Bright red fruits.

Pruden’s Purple- Early brandywine type. Dark pink skin and crimson flesh.

Red Pear Piriform- From Italy.Old fashioned sweet flavor. Pear shaped fruit with green ribbed shoulders.

Rose- Similar to brandywine for taste. Deep pink meaty fruits.

Striped German- Bi-colored yellow and red fruits. Complex fruity flavor.

Yellow Brandywine- Orange version of brandywine. Rich flavor.

Kordalik- Red cherry tomato. Russian.

Hillbilly- From North Carolina. Bicolor beefsteak tomato. Yellow with red blush.

Mortgage Lifter- From West Virginia. Delicious red beefsteak tomato.

Tiny Tim- Small cherry tomatoes.

Black Cherry- Delicious black cherry tomatoes. 1 inch.

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Tomatoes are a very peculiar fruit: everybody thinks it’s a vegetable, but it’s really a fruit, and more precisely a berry! In botanical terms a fruit consists of the ovary of the plant, with its seeds, and that’s exactly what a tomato is. Its family, the Solanaceae, is also called the nightshade family, and includes other famous plants such as tobacco, potatoes, eggplants, chilli peppers, and the poisonous belladonna.

The U.S. Supreme Court declared on May 10, 1893 that the tomato is a vegetable, based on the fact that they are generally served with dinner and not dessert.

The controversy has even more importance today: tomatoes have been designated the state vegetable of New Jersey.

Arkansas has accepted it as both a vegetable and a fruit, declaring the “South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato” to be both the state fruit and the state vegetable in the same law, citing both its culinary and botanical classifications.

Did you know that tomato juice has been the official beverage of Ohio since 1965?

A delicious tomato

Aside from these trivia and controversies, tomatoes are a very important part of our diets (and even more in mediterranean diets): we often consume it with ketchup, sauces, or eaten raw, and it would be advisable to know more about its nutritious properties!

On this site we have gathered a lot of diverse information about the tomato, both from a nutritional and botanical point of view: you will find extensive articles about the health benefits of tomatoes and lycopene.

We will guide you to all the necessary steps to buying the right tomatoes, storing them (see how to select and store tomatoes) and understanding the impact of their nutritional properties with detailed reports from the USDA Food Database (see Tomato Nutrition Facts ).

Tomatoes have lots of important health benefits, including reduction in risks for cardiovascular diseases, colorectal cancer, inflammation, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and thrombosis, so you should certainly consider including a cup of tomatoes in your daily diet for the maximum benefits (for more information see our article about the health benefits of tomatoes).

We also feature several articles about the tomato plant, including a very detailed history of tomatoes that describes how this wonderful fruit was imported to europe from Peru and other american lands.

We hope this site will help you live a healthier life and understand more about the benefits or making tomatoes part of your life!