Did you know that tomatoes are technically a fruit instead of a vegetable? I found this blurb about it that says what I wanted to!
To really figure out if a tomato is a fruit or vegetable, you need to know what makes a fruit a fruit, and a vegetable a vegetable. The big question to ask is, DOES IT HAVE SEEDS? If the answer is yes, then technically, (botanically) you have a FRUIT. This, of course, makes your tomato a fruit. It also makes cucumbers, squash, green beans and walnuts all fruits as well. Along with the fruit from a plant or tree, we can often eat the leaves (lettuce,)stems (celery,) roots (carrots,) and flowers (broccoli.) Many of these other parts of the plant are typically called VEGETABLES. Now don’t go looking for tomatoes next to the oranges in your grocery stores; fruits like tomatoes and green beans are usually (alas, incorrectly) referred to as “vegetables” in most grocery stores and cookbooks.
As a youngster I did not like tomatoes at all. I tried and tried and tried to like them. But I just didn’t. I ate my BLT’s without the T. I ordered my burgers with everything but onion and tomato. (I don’t like onions much either) I picked the tomatoes out of my salads or made salads without tomatoes.
I did like salsa and spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce and ketchup. Just not a fresh plain tomato slice.
Somewhere along the line my taste buds finally ‘grew up’. I don’t remember for sure what point it was but I went from not liking them at all to loving them. At first it was just on sandwiches, in tacos, stacked in a Mexican ‘straw hat’. I still didn’t eat them plain but on a burger I loved ’em.
These days when the garden fresh tomatoes arrive I am first in line to buy some. I have tried for years to grow them here but, alas, they refuse to grow. So I buy them from whoever has them available.
The inside of a real garden tomato is not uniform. It is dark red, juicy, and tender. Not pale red. Not dry. Not hard. I buy tomatoes at the grocery all year – I pick the best available. But nothing compares to the big fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes we have in the summertime.
Slice ’em up, sprinkle with a little sea salt, and drizzle with ranch. Yum. Yes, I have learned to love slices of fresh tomatoes! (Onions are a completely different story and I have no wish to force myself to like them. Their ‘aroma’ is just not that pleasant)
Do you like tomatoes? Do you grow your own? What is your favorite way to eat them?
Sew a Fine Seam