Ugly Is The New Pretty . . .
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Big, purplish-brown fruit have a rich, sweet, savory taste and are great for fresh eating. This Russian variety is rather uncharming in looks, in fact most of the fruit tend to be misshapen, cracked and otherwise disagreeable in appearance. Thankfully their deliciousness more than makes up for their looks.
Also known as Black Pineapple, this is one of the most interesting tomatoes we offer. The skin has shades of green, purple, orange, and yellow.
This fruit has one of the best flavors of all tomatoes, being fragrant, fruity and intensely sweet. It’s creamy white in color and very attractive. A productive variety that has become very rare.
Bright green flesh has bursts of red streaks that will definitely add intrigue to your vegetable platter. The lip smacking flavor starts out sweet and ends with the perfect amount of tang.
Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta
photo courtesy of The Noshery of Flicker
Yields 8 servings
- 1-8 oz loaf Italian bread
- 1 clove garlic, cut in half
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 medium ripe heirloom tomatoes of choice, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Sea salt, to taste
- Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F*.
- Slice bread diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick pieces
- Place bread slices on 1- 2 cookie sheets.
- Toast bread 15 minutes or until crusty and dry, turning slices over once halfway through baking.
- Transfer bread to wire racks to cool slightly.
- When bread is cool enough to handle, rub 1 side of each toast slice with cut side of garlic. Discard garlic.
- Meanwhile, in small bowl, gently toss tomatoes, basil, minced garlic, oil, salt, and pepper until combined.
- To serve, spoon 1 heaping tablespoon tomato mixture on garlic-rubbed side of each toast slice.