British Tomato Week May 19-25

I missed this at the start of the week, anyway my toms are not even flowering yet..

Tomatoes are now the most widely-grown ’vegetable’ in the world and as well as tasting so good, they’re also extremely healthy. Tomatoes are low in calories and contain virtually no fat or cholesterol. They are a good source of Vitamins A, C and E and contain potassium, calcium and other mineral salts and have been linked to cancer prevention.

To celebrate British Tomato Week May 19-25 here are a few hints and tips to help you get the best flavour and enjoyment from this colourful fruit courtesy The British Tomato Growers’ Association.


:: Tomatoes dislike the cold and should be stored at room temperature. Storing them in the fridge impairs natural ripening and flavour

:: Remove tomatoes from their plastic bag or packaging and place then in the fruit bowl

:: Natural herb partners for tomatoes are mint, parsley, basil and oregano

:: Use under-ripe, green tomatoes for making chutney

:: Use up over-ripe tomatoes to make soups or sauces which can be stored in the freezer for up to six months

:: To skin tomatoes, place them in a pan of boiling water for 15 seconds and the skins will then peel off easily

:: Plum tomatoes of varying sizes are good for barbecues as their firm flesh keeps them on the skewer, rather than slipping off between the bars

:: Make your own ’sun-dried’ tomatoes by sprinkling equal amounts of caster sugar and salt over halved tomatoes. Place them cut side up on a baking sheet and cook in the oven on a low heat for two and a half hours, until most of the liquid has dried out.

By Andrew Wilcox

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