I missed this at the start of the week, anyway my toms are not even flowering yet..
Tomatoes are now the most widely-grown â€™vegetableâ€™ in the world and as well as tasting so good, theyâ€™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 Growersâ€™ Association.
TOMATO HINTS AND TIPS
:: 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 â€™sun-driedâ€™ 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.