Sunday, June 21, 2009

The First Tomato of the Season



While I confess, I have plucked a couple of the small Romas to toss in a salad here and there, and I did have a few Fried Green Tomatoes too, and I considered having a salad or sandwich with the first of the bigger tomatoes. But ... I could really think of no better way to honor the very first big tomato to ripen from my garden than to eat it, straight up, unadulterated, but for kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper and a dab of real mayo on the side.

Homegrown tomatoes simply put grocery store tomatoes to shame. The aroma and flavor is just amazing... so juicy, so tasty. There just ain't nothin' like it. Mm Mm Mmmmm. I sure hope y'all planted some this year!!


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13 comments:

  1. Mary, your blog is lovely and your tomatoes are gorgeous! I can't wait to someday be a homeowner, or at least a garden owner, but it's more difficult (and expensive) than it may sound here in Southern California. Truth be told, I've never had a fried green tomato, though yours look divine!

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  2. Oh Yummy Mary! You are so right, there's nothing like home grown tomatoes. I was thinking about trying a plant or two but it's so late now I think I'll just have to wait until next year to give tomatoes a try.

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  3. still waiting for ours. lots of people in the area have tomatoes getting really big but not ripening. some say it's because it hasn't been hot enough yet (WHAT!?! yeah right!!!). anyways, we planted late and i'm hoping that means ours will do what they're supposed to. :)

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  4. I will have to enjoy homegrown tomatoes vicariously, as there are none for 300 miles in any direction. *sigh* Yours sure look tasty!!!

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  5. Thanks Cori and thanks for stopping by!

    Kathy, The stores around here are still selling plants so I say go for it. Grab one, stick it in a container and in a couple of months you'll have tomatoes!

    CH, I need to get over and visit your blog more often - I'll try to do better about that. Not sure about the temperature thing, but I can tell you that some people fertilize with a fertilizer that is too high nitrogen throughout the season - like Miracle Gro. If you already have fruit set and use MG, then the tomatoes will go dormant while the plant focuses on green growth and it'll take the fruit longer to ripen.

    Aww Penniwig - that's so sad!!

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  6. I can't argue with a thing you've said. When are softball size Brandywines come in, we cut thick slices and place them on buns like hamburgers. They are incredibly good.

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  7. yummy!!! I just stopped over from voting for you !!!!

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  8. That is one gorgeous and perfectly ripe tomato Mary! Nothing better than homegrown veggies.

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  9. That's the way to eat the first tomato! Yummmmmm!

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  10. There is nothing is better than a homegrown delicious juicy tomato. Yours looks mouthwatering!

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  11. We have 8 tomato plants out plus one grape tomato on the porch in it's own planter. That way we can eat more of it's goodness. Very nice blog by the way.

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  12. Ohh, my mouth is watering looking at that beautiful tomato! We have had so much rain. I put my plants in about 3 weeks ago, a little late, and they are just about the same size. I'm hoping when the sun does finally come out we'll be able to watch them grow!

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