It’s a bit like “Christmas morning” When my roughly twice monthly delivery of herbs and greens from Gejo’s Kitchen Herbs Farm arrives in our home. I love to see what the packages contain — spectacular tomatoes, incredibly fresh herbs, and an unusual item or two. While I typically send out an order a few days in advance, sometimes, I either leave it completely up to Gejo and what’s abundant in the farm that week, or, as is often the case, he throws in other stuff for me to try anyway… Today, it was like fondling agricultural “jewels”. There is no other way to describe it. :) First up, the yellow diamonds or perhaps golden pearls… :) Seeds from reader Bettyq, transported across the Pacific Ocean by jet plane months ago, and planted by Gejo in Tagaytay… these are some of the fruit they bore. Stunning colors.
Red Wine Tomatoes, my absolute current locally grown favorite. When they are just right, and many of them are, they are a joy to burst in one’s mouth. Intensely tomatoey, sometimes quite sweet, so unlike grocery chiller tomatoes. These would be the deep burgundy rubies in this shipment… the photos don’t do justice to their darker than tomato red shade of color.
Teardrop peridots? No, little Thai eggplants, perfect for red duck or green chicken curry.
Tiny pearl cherry tomatoes, strung together, they could rival a red coral necklace, but wouldn’t last long and the dripping juices might be murder on your outfit. :)
And finally, some baby beets or more accurately, small beets, that are so fresh they are nearly sweet (not quite) but intensely flavored when oven-roasted and served with some sharp goat’s cheese and perhaps a candied walnut or two. Salamat Gejo. Now for a weekend of cooking and eating that will make use of all these goodies…