Tomatoes are an ancient fruit that are used in almost all aspects of cooking. Some are great for salads, some for baking or for drying and others for making sauce or as the base for other dishes. They also make great drinks for health and taste – even the perfect cocktail; Bloody Mary.
The acidic flavour of tomatoes partner well with Latin herbs like garlic, oregano, marjoram, rosemary and thyme. Raw they are enhanced by herbs like parsley, chives and celery leaf.
All tomatoes are high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene. This is enhanced by moderate cooking. Serve in salads, sandwiches or lightly fry with golden shallots, garlic chives and fresh Basil Pesto. Tomatoes are also high in Vitamin C and when blended with fresh spearmint make an excellent summer drink.
Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Some require staking.
All tomatoes must receive deep soaking when dry and should not receive overhead watering. Feed regularly with Seasol and Powerfeed. A small amount of dolomite lime after planting will make stronger plants. Remove side shoots and develop two or three main leaders. Harvest when fruit is full colour.
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