So, the US Supreme Court had ruled in 1893 the tomato to be a vegetable and not a fruit. Had it remained a fruit, would it change how you see it? This change had no effect on the tomato (I think so), since it is one of the most beloved and most used vegetables in the kitchen! There are many reasons for it. One of the most basic ones is that it’s polymorphic! What does that mean? That it can take on several shapes and forms, from a sauce, filling, or chutney to a delicious cheesecake (you will find the recipe below)! Next reason: Its valuable nutrients strengthen our body. Some of these nutrients are calcium, manganese, copper, vitamin C, A and K. It also has a large concentration of water and lycopene. These are some of the metals and trace elements that help regulate sugar levels, strengthen our immune system and combat cholesterol.
This is the perfect time to enjoy tomatoes, my friends! So, I have two lists for you: In the first list, you will find some of the basic tomato varieties you can find in the market. In the second list, I have some unique tomato recipes for you. Last but not least, you will find everything you need about picking, preserving, using tomatoes here (also, about their nutritional value).
So, let’s see some of the most well-known and favorite tomato varieties…
You can understand that it’s impossible to list all of the tomato varieties across the world (there are more than 10.000 different varieties).
Pomodoro tomato. This variety is distinct for being large, fleshy and bright red. They are used in tomato sauces, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t be used for a lovely Greek salad (or any other salad you want).
Santorini tomato. Since 2013, the Santorini tomato earned its place among PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) products due to its amazing taste and unique aroma – both of which are a result of the special properties of the ground and the conditions in which it grows and gets its amazing taste in. Take for example the lack of humidity… These properties increase sugars and thus give a special taste to this tomato. Many love to eat them sundried, while others put them in sauces or eat them as they are.
Cherry tomato. It’s one of the most widely-known varieties. Cherry tomatoes have very thin skin, are juicy and have a bright red color. They have a rich taste and are used in sauces, salads and of course in stuffed vegetable recipes (gemista)!
Batala tomato. It is also known as Brauron tomato. It is very large and has irregular shapes and a divine taste. Those who know them well prefer to use them exclusively in salads, so they can taste them as they are, as nature makes them.
Lobello tomato. These tomatoes are named so because of the shape they have. Where do we use them? In salads and sauces. Many also choose to make handmade, homemade confit with them.
Yellow tomato. Also known as Yellow Submarine! Some prefer the cherry tomatoes of this variety. They have a unique sweet taste and can even be grown in a pot (outdoors). They are ideal for salads.
Nero tomato. I imagine you’ve all come across these black cherry tomatoes that are starting to take the market by storm. It’s a hybrid that – apart from its original look – is very tasty!
Kumato tomatoes. You could say that this is a young variety, because it was grown for the first time 12 years ago in Spain. It is a mix of a traditional and a more wild variety. It has a rich flavor and can be used in soups, salads, sauces and any other recipe that contains tomatoes.
Now, the recipes… Have a look and make any you like :-)
Now, you have countless reasons to include tomatoes in your life! I can't wait to see photos of your recipes and comments on which recipe is your favorite!!!