It’s nearly summer and the markets are starting to display an abundance of tomatoes. Although the weather patterns in the past few months have been odd, some produce has managed to stay “on schedule.” I was thrilled to find these native (read: mutts or mongrels, un-managed seeds) tomatoes with unique markings and colorings at a Batangas market yesterday morning. These tomatoes have relatively thin skins and would make a brilliant tomato salad because of their unusual markings, though they are less sweet and intense than some other tomatoes.
The unusual colors and shapes of the “native” tomatoes result from the natural “bastardization” that occurs in the wild, with wily tomatoes planting their genes in neighboring tomato lasses. I realize that is a weak scientific description, but suffice it to say that farmers who dry out their own seeds and re-plant these are eventually going to create new types of tomatoes, albeit with really mild differences… I happen to really like this aspect of the tomatoes and as the photos here show, they are just cool to look at, period. Earlier tomato posts here, here and here.