the $3.99 mid-winter tomato
I don't usually eat tomatoes in the winter. But by mid-feb I'm REALLY hungry for one. I saw a pretty "heirloom" tomato at Whole Foods. A 16 oz tomato at $3.99/lb. (Wow! Multiply that by the number of tomatoes you grow in the summer!)
Oh well - it did have a brief tomato smell as I sliced it. And looked (ahhh...) ...nice. I don't have the best report on its flavor though. After a preview of the taste I added lots of garlic and capers, etc... It was ... mealy and, well, ... flavorless. Maybe just not the variety I like? Also probably was picked green, artificially ripened, and traveled forever. Who knows wherefrom.
OK. I'll wait 'til July. My first tomatoes usually ripen late July. My schedule says to plant seeds on March 19 and April 5 (six weeks before my last frosts). (Two dates since I have two gardens with different frost dates. Not sure yet if I'll do both dates or split the difference.)
(PS. No onion sprouts yet, but I'm watching....)
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tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum)