Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Ingredient of the Day: Heirloom Tomato

A true California treat. I wait around all year for this delicious fruit. Or is it a vegetable? In California, when these tomatoes come fresh off the trucks from the farm, I guarantee you that you would never put this tomato into the same category as any vegetable. These beautiful, multi-color FRUITS of all different shapes and sizes take over my menus through the summer months.

True heirlooms are cultivars that have been “nurtured, selected, and handed down from one family member to another for many generations.” Not only are these fruits gorgeous in color, shape and size but they have delightful names such as Green Zebra, Mortgage Lifter, and my personal favorite, Lilian’s Yellow Heirloom.

Happy Cooking!