Monday, August 10, 2015
cheery cherry tomatoes (and a recipe)
You may ask why we planted five cherry tomato plants.
We have five. That is, we have five that we are tending to. There are more growing outside the potager that we missed during weeding that are growing just fine. If we tried to plant out there, the deer and the ground hogs would decimate them, but there they are. Maybe the deer and ground hogs had their fill of them also.
In June, when I looked under the row cover protecting my kale, I found a healthy cherry tomato plant already in bloom, so I removed the row cover and left it. That was a death sentence for my poor kale, which got infected with cabbage moths. But the tomato did fine.
We also pulled out scores of others and continue doing so to this day.
Last year we planted super sweet 100 and a grape tomato. We have no grape tomatoes, but we do have one that is larger than the other cherry tomatoes. We think it is a campari tomato that came from the compost pile. No grape tomatoes came up, so we believe the rest of our cherry tomatoes to be super sweet 100 cherry tomatoes. Or a variation thereof.
So what happens when two people have five cherry tomato plants?
I think we will all agree that the best way to eat a cherry tomato is to pluck it off the plant while gardening and plop it in your mouth. We do that. Often.
The second best way would be in salad. Cherry tomatoes don't make your salad soggy like a cut up tomato does. We make a lot of salads.
My third favorite way would be to roast them and make a pasta sauce.
Or, if you don't want to eat meatless, grill up some sausages and slice them into your pasta. You will be amazed at how good this is!