The summer heat has started to get to me. It’s just been WICKED HOT in Manila lately, and if I had to choose, I would definitely pick a cool rainy day rather than a sweltering hot and humid day in the city. But heat has its benefits… and spectacular tomatoes are definitely one of them. In the past month I have ramped up the tomato purchases and have enjoyed them in salads, on bruschetta, sandwiches, etc. I have oven semi-dried several kilos of tomatoes and if I find the right type, I may even bottle or freeze some in the weeks ahead.
The biggest surprise were these teeny tiny cherry tomatoes, grown entirely in our own backyard, just beside the laundry area. Seeds came from some overripe tomatoes we had in the kitchen a few months ago, and we just planted them hoping something would grow and bear fruit. They look FABULOUS. And we harvested them when they were at their ripest. Or so we thought. They tasted horrific! So sour I could make “champoy” with them if I soaked them in salt for a month! Evil. :( But then again, long-time readers know I don’t have a green thumb, so while these bore fruit, they were shockingly bad. :)
Thank goodness I don’t earn a living from growing tomatoes, I would be in serious debt. And thank goodness Toscana farms in Tagaytay is at just about the peak of tomato season around now. A farm visit to Toscana in time for the Easter week holiday at the beach meant we loaded up some 10+ kilos (of at least four kinds of tomatoes) into our car.
We visited the farm at Toscana’s invitation, as they are testing some new heirloom tomatoes, and that’s all I can say about them except that the photos here look, well, rather spectacular, don’t you agree?
An eggplant and red wine and cherry tomato salad.
Heirloom tomatoes and boconcini (little mozzarella balls) and basil.
Finally, a mixed tomato and basil salad. And it isn’t just the snazzy tomatoes that are worth hunting down these days. Weekend markets are filled with several varieties of tomatoes in their ripest splendor, so indulge, folks!