July – September
Must-Know Tomato Facts
- The tomato is the state fruit of New Jersey (yes, tomatoes are a fruit!)
- The largest tomato ever grown was 7 lbs. 12 oz in 1986…that record has yet to be broken.
- Scientists believe the first tomatoes came from South and Central America; wild tomatoes are still found in the Andes Mountains.
Beet Storage Tips
To ripen green tomatoes, store in indirect light or in a paper bag. Ripe tomatoes should be kept on the counter – not in the fridge where they will become mealy and mushy.
Prep & Usage
- Choose plump unblemished tomatoes with a distinct tomato smell
- Green tomatoes will ripen! Don’t pass them up at the market
- Don’t use aluminum foil to store tomatoes or tomato dishes; tomatoes are acidic and can react with the aluminum after a few days creating a metallic taste
2 pint containers of tomatoes (any variety), about 4 cups chopped ♥
1 bell pepper, diced ♥
1 onion, chopped ♥
1 green onion, chopped ♥
Half bunch of cilantro, chopped ♥
2 garlic cloves, minced ♥
1 jalapeno (use protective gloves when chopping) ♥
1 lime, juiced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Serve with tortilla chips.
TIPS FOR MAKING SALSA
- Try substituting a cucumber for the bell pepper, it adds a hint of sweetness without sacrificing texture
- Add corn: boiled, grilled, or fresh off the cobb!
- Or, for added protein, add in a cup of black beans
- Like spicy salsa? Ask farmers if they offer a hotter pepper, or just add in extra jalapeno