Taste Test: Heirloom Tomatoes

by in Farmers' Market Finds, In Season, Tomatoes, August 17, 2010
Heirloom Tomatoes
Heirloom Tomatoes At The Farmers' Market

Juicy tomatoes are at their peak, and that means farmers’ markets are exploding with heirloom varieties.  Heirloom tomatoes are special, because cultivators have saved the seeds and passed them down through the generations. They come in a range of sizes, colors and of course, flavors.  We tested several varieties for taste and texture. Plus, a quick recipe for heirloom tomato sauce.

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Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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  2. bethany says:

    I would love to love H. tomatoes…. but these dang plants NEVER produce for me! And I baby them, too. The least expensive hybrids always produce triple or even ten times more than H. plants. This year I bought nine H. plants and four hybrids. I haven't gotten ONE SINGLE EDIBLE h. tomato! It was the same last year, but I did get one Mr. Stripey. Any suggestions for what is going on in my garden??

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  4. [...] Healthy Tips There are some healthy elements to this dish. Since the eggs are poached they are cooked without fat and Canadian bacon is a much leaner choice than regular bacon. To make things even more nutritious, use whole grain English muffins and add some fresh veggies to the mix. Depending on what’s in season choose from baby spinach, sauteed mushrooms or a thick slice of fresh heirloom tomato. [...]

  5. [...] Healthy TipsThere are some healthy elements to this dish. Since the eggs are poached they are cooked without fat and Canadian bacon is a much leaner choice than regular bacon. To make things even more nutritious, use whole grain English muffins and add some fresh veggies to the mix. Depending on what’s in season choose from baby spinach, sauteed mushrooms or a thick slice of fresh heirloom tomato. [...]

  6. [...] The chill of the icebox makes tomatoes dull and mealy. Store on the counter (under-ripe ones can go on the windowsill). If they begin to [...]

  7. [...] Foods You Should Not Refrigerate… Tomatoes The chill of the icebox makes tomatoes dull and mealy. Store on the counter (under-ripe ones can go on the windowsill). If they begin to [...]

  8. [...] The chill of the icebox makes tomatoes dull and mealy. Store on the counter (under-ripe ones can go on the windowsill). If they begin to [...]

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  10. Michael says:

    Always did love heirloom tomatoes. I could look at them all day; for me, their appeal is aesthetic as well as taste-based.

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