Nobody asked but I’ll tell you anyway. If I were only allowed to grow…

Nobody asked but I’ll tell you anyway. If I were only allowed to grow…

Feb 27, 2019Gardening Education

Nobody asked but I’ll tell you anyway. If I were only allowed to grow one crop, It would be tomatoes.

They come in a seemingly infinite variety of colors and sizes, are fairly easy to grow and are arguably the most versatile fruit (yes, fruit) one can grow.

My garden this year will include Black Beauty which has a glossy black skin and deep brick red flesh. the flavor is complex and rich, lending an almost meaty flavor to sauces.

Spoon is the tiniest tomato that I’ve ever grown. it’s about the size of a sweet pea but delivers full tomato flavor. Great for salads or munching by the handful off of the long trailing vines. Grow these cuties in hanging baskets.

Bushsteak is a classic beefsteak type that grows on low sturdy vines that require little or no staking. This is a good general purpose variety.

Green Zebra retains it’s bright green color and tart flavor even when fully ripe. Fried green tomatoes throughout the entire season!!

White Wonder has gleaming white skin and white flesh with just a blush of pink at it’s core. It’s flavor is mild and very versatile. Makes a very good jam.

I’ll also be trying out a brown variety this year, probably Kumato or Paul Robeson.

Fried green tomatoes: Slice several green tomatoes. Dredge in 50/50 mixture of flour and corn meal. (You can add some cornstarch if you like them crispier.) Fry in very hot grease until the tomato is tender and the coating is brown and crisp. Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!