The Big, Tasty Ones Are Here
Terada Farms Tomatoes
Would you believe our customers ask for these by name? This local tomato really packs in all the best of flavor – and at a great price too.
These tomatoes are grown by the Terada Family in Brentwood. They are grown outdoors – so they have the full, rich flavor of the land. They are picked ripe and are harvested from July to October, and we’re munching on them to the bitter end!
These gems are perfect for slicing and using in sandwiches, but one of my family’s favorites is to slice them up with herbs, fresh mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinegar and a little fresh-pressed olive oil.
Local Heirloom Tomatoes
These are the darlings of the season with their funky shapes and rainbow of colors. And oh what flavor!
Brandywines are probably the most revered and renowned of the heirlooms. So popular in fact that it has sprung offspring of its own: the Yellow Brandywine and the Black Brandywine. Even so, the old fashioned pink remains the favorite with its soft delicate flesh, bursting with juice and rich nuanced flavors. Dull pinkish skin hides the rich red marbled flesh within.
Cherokee Purples are a very old variety dating back at least 100 years to Cherokee, Tennessee. Underneath the dark purplish tinged skin lurks rich tomato flavor in a judicious balance of sweetness and acidity. Some fans have likened its flavor to certain smoky red wines like a syrah.
Marvel Stripes are the stunner of the bunch, extra large sometimes weighing in at nearly two pounds each, and remarkable for their bright daffodil yellow flesh offset by deep orange and red marbled striping. If color alone wasn’t enough to set this tomato apart, its undulating shape of accordion folds is equally eye-catching. This tomato is nearly a must in sliced presentations for its beauty which is supported by a rich fruity flavor.
Great Nutrition Too!
Now if the wonderful flavor isn’t enough to convince you, they’re a good health choice too. They are a good source of Vitamin A and high in Vitamin C. Tomatoes are one of the only foodstuffs which contain lycopene, an antioxidant related to beta carotene. Antioxidants help counter the effects of cancer and disease-causing particles called free radicals. A study conducted in Italy showed that consuming seven or more servings of tomatoes a week reduced the risk of developing colon, rectal and stomach cancer by sixty percent! Tomatoes provide fiber, potassium, iron, phosphorous and some B vitamins. Plus, it is usually more beneficial to get these nutrients and antioxidants from fresh produce rather than supplemental pills, so enjoy these summer treasures while you can.
Email us your favorite way to enjoy tomatoes at Quincey@Sigonas.com and we’ll include it this summer in our Preferred Customer eNEWS.