It’s A Masterpiece!
Summer is certainly in full swing, and what says “summer” more than any other plant? Why the vine ripened tomato of course! Thus we simply had to share this marvelous “sculpture” created by Mother Nature. It’s so astounding, it begged to be placed on a pedestal! Who would have thought that such a thing as a “duck tomato” could possibly exist. And yet here it is–displayed proudly for the world to see. If you’re wondering if this is for real…indeed it is. One of our customers was very sweet to present us with this prize from his vegetable garden. So now that you know such a thing exists, burn the image into your memory because this may very well be your only opportunity to encounter this particular feat of nature.
Interestingly enough, it is not unusual for tomatoes to grow into odd shapes, although I doubt the chances of growing a “duck tomato” are very high. While most picture tomatoes as perfectly round like those we see in grocery stores, this actually isn’t the case. Apparently, there are many different kinds of tomatoes, with as many varieties in shapes, sizes, textures, and colors. However, if one is looking for a particularly flavorful variety, then heirloom tomatoes are the way to go. This breed though, rarely grows into society’s picture of the “perfect” tomato as they are often very oddly shaped, with unusual markings many would turn their noses up at. Most assume that if a tomato isn’t round and smooth skinned that it must be deformed and quite possibly in-edible. Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact Gary Ibsen addresses the controversy on his “Tomato Fest” blog where he states the following:
Why are heirloom tomatoes so ‘ugly’?
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. When I hear this comment it generally comes from someone who has only experienced the classic red, round, clear-skinned tomato. Heirloom tomatoes come in many ‘strange’ shapes, colors and sizes. They can also have markings that some might consider less-than-perfect or unattractive (cat-facing, concentric cracking, zipper or stitching lines, green shoulders) or deep folds or fluting. I like to point out to heirloom tomato novices that the wonderful diversity of physical features possible in the many varieties of heirloom tomatoes, are, like in people, a blessing. In fact, many of the colors and shapes of some heirloom tomatoes are more reminiscent of jewels. And behind the face of these wonderful diverse looking heirlooms, is the TASTE that will forever change how you think of a tomato.
So the next time someone hands you a tomato from his or her garden, and it doesn’t look like the cultural icon of the “perfect” tomato, don’t knock it until you try it!