Thursday, January 13, 2011

What's new at The Loft - Episode 58

Macro 3.6.5. Challenge


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The tomato is a savory, typically red, edible fruit, originating in South America.  While it is botanically a fruit, it is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes.  Tomatoes are one of the most common garden fruits in the United States and there are around 7500 tomato varieties grown for various purposes.  The tomato is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes and sauces, and in drinks. 
Most tomato growers produce red fruit; but tomatoes also can be yellow, orange, pink, purple, green, black, or white.  

Some of the more common tomato varieties are:

Beefsteak tomatoes-  are large tomatoes often used for sandwiches and similar applications.
Oxheart tomatoes - can range in size up to beefsteaks, and are shaped like large strawberries.

Plum tomatoes, or paste tomatoes (including pear tomatoes), are bred with a higher solid content for use in tomato sauce and paste and are usually oblong.

Pear tomatoes are obviously pear shaped and based upon the San Marzano types for a richer gourmet paste.

Cherry tomatoes are small and round, often sweet tomatoes generally eaten whole in salads.

Grape tomatoes, a more recent introduction, are smaller and oblong, a variation on plum tomatoes, and used in salads.

Campari tomatoes are also sweet and noted for their juiciness, low acidity, and lack of mealiness. They are bigger than cherry tomatoes, but are smaller than plum tomatoes.

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