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Tomatoes; from the field to the table!

Updated on May 14, 2014

Here is a hub about everything related to tomatoes, my favorite vegetable-fruit. It somehow seems odd to call a tomato a fruit as it usually isn't associated with a dessert or treated like an apple or strawberry. On the other hand I have been known to take a beautifully red, nice and ripe tomato off the vine, wipe it on my shirt and eat it right there and then in the garden; a firm jewel of a tomato, filled to the brink with sunshine--- like an apple--- therefore a fruit.

To really figure out if a tomato is a fruit or vegetable, you need to know what makes a fruit a fruit, and a vegetable a vegetable.

Garden Jewels?
Garden Jewels?

According to the Online Oxford Dictionaries (the worlds most trusted dictionary, so they tell us)

Is a TOMATO ( also called Lycopersicom esculantum, or Lycopersicon esculentum) a fruit or a vegetable?

The confusion about 'fruit' and 'vegetable' arises because of the differences in usage between scientists and cooks. Scientifically speaking, a tomato is definitely a fruit. A true fruit grows in the base of the flower, and contains the seeds of the plant......

As far as cooking is concerned, tomatoes should be called 'vegetables' because they are used in savory rather than sweet cooking......

So, the answer to the question is that a tomato is technically the fruit of the tomato plant, but it's used as a vegetable in cooking.

the link to the total dictionary write up can be found here ===> /page/199

pic from my 2002 tomato crop
pic from my 2002 tomato crop

Over the many years that I've been gardening I've grown a wide collection of tomato varieties. Some were better suited for the area and soil conditions in my gardens, however just about all of them were good choices. Some plants grew tomatoes more abundantly then others and some were more wondrous than others.

The first seeds to get planted in my little greenhouse are always the tomatoes and from then on it becomes a count down until the summer's first warm red and luscious tomato can be picked off the vine and eaten right there and then, with dirty hands and all.

I love tomatoes so much that I'm ashamed to admit that for years I used to fall for the many new types of hybrid seeds that were advertised, ( you know, the ones that grow to be the size of watermellons). I was probably the only person that got suckered in and would order them. Then try to grow them all. (I know it can be done, it is and was possible to grow them huge, even in the olden days. I had an old photo of my Gramps standing beside his staked up tomato plants in his garden in Hungary, the tomatoes were the size of a small child's head--- he had them resting on small wooden crates to relieve the weight off the plant vines).

I have tried seeds that promised to grow tomatoes the size of a cabbage. Other seeds assured to grow tomatoes that would weigh in at 2 pounds or more each, on plants that would grow ten to twelve feet tall and supply a family of 4 with all the tomatoes they could possibly eat. (In reality it only reached 6 feet in height with about a dozen normal sized, although not too bad tasting tomatoes). I even sent away for the plant they called 'T&T Monster' it was supposed to grow ginormous tomatoes. It did grow really large tomatoes but I don't think the four that stayed on the vine made it up over 3/4 of a pound each, not the super-sized 3-4 pound-ers the company had promised. (thank goodness, because even with thick braces the plant could barely hold itself upright.

All in all I can say is that most of these huge tomatoes were not all that great tasting specimen... more watery, gritty and 'slushy' (if you know what I mean), but then I guess the fun was not so much in the taste as growing these huge humongous monster tomatoes.

In my opinion in my little patch of earth the best tasting fresh eating tomato have always been the 'Little Bonny Best' or the 'Big Beef'. Some of these did grow big enough to fill my hand but not so big that I needed a 'jack' to lift them. (the few that I did weigh came up to 300 grams, slightly over 1/2 pound)

For canning (spaghetti sauce & salsa) plum tomatoes are the best as they produce lots of meaty innards and fewer seeds. Here too I've tried many different types but I have had the best luck with 'PlumDandy'. I always seem to go back to that seed as I found that the tomatoes always start and ripen uniformly.

For the past 5 or 6 growing seasons for the early 'I-can't-wait-to-have-my-first-salad-from-the-garden' tomatoes I've planted a couple of the cherry or grape tomatoes plants in planters on the deck which are in full sun from early morning until evening. The soil in these planters warms up so much faster than the soil in the garden and that gives me a week to ten day jump on the garden crop and probably 2-3 weeks on the early full sized ones. I haven't been able to totally narrow it down to the perfect seed yet as I'm still trying out different ones but last years grape-tomato called 'Sunny Delights' sure were a winner. Once the clusters of uniformly shaped tomatoes started to ripen they kept on producing twenty to twenty five tomatoes every day for most of the growing season. The plants had to be stacked up in the planters because they became so top heavy. I moved the planters against the railing so I could tie them up for more stability. (rem: tomato plants in planters need daily watering and also need extra feed every couple of weeks [I make my own organic fertilizer 'tea' from compost etc.]) {If you're interested in the compost that I make and use here is a link to my hub }

Last year I was given some heirloom seeds by a friend. He said they were called 'Yellow Bliss'. These produced the most beautiful bright orange-yellow tomatoes the size and shape of a good sized tangerine. Wow, not only were these the most gorgeous colour, but they were the sweetest, mmm, mmm, mmm, probably the sweetest tasting tomatoes I've ever tasted. (definitely closer to a fruit than a vegetable).

I saved a bunch of those tomato seeds for the first time last year so hopefully they will work out fine again this year.

An interesting bit of knowledge:

The sweetness of fruit and vegetables are measured in sugar brix units.

The average cherry-tomatoes can measure anywhere from 10 to 12 brix units, and the regular full-sized tomato ranges in the 6 to 8 level. The low/no acid yellow tomatoes can measure from an11 all the way up to 15 brix.

A tomato is made up mostly of water and the tomato vine really relies on consistent and abundant moisture from the soil so they can produce perfect acid and sugar balanced tomatoes. Inadequately watered plants will have stunted vine growth and will only produce small, dry and flavourless fruit.

Tomatoes prefer a good draining sandy loam with a pH level of between 6 to 6.9. To prepare a tomato patch loosen up the soil 20"-24" deep. Add in lots of organic matter such as compost, leaves, peat-moss etc you can also add in some well aged manure mixed in with some coarse sand for good drainage. Tomatoes also love some additional organic material during the growing season.

To keep an even moisture level in the soil I cover my tomato roots with a 3" / 7.5cm layer of medium to fine wood chip mulch. Rather than pull back the mulch every couple of weeks for the additional feed I prepare an organic 'tea' and just use the watering can to get the nutrition right to the plant roots. (I prefer to use fine to medium wood chips/shredded bark to the big chunky stuff as it gets rotor-tilled into the soil every fall).

For the first time last growing season I tried the black garden cloth on one row of tomatoes, it kept the weeds down to a minimum which is a plus but it is quite expensive. I'm going to try the plastic film this year (sold by Veseys here in Canada) This is supposedly going to increase the production, I assume because the soil temp will stay more even.

As I grow four long rows of tomatoes every year I will try the film on one, garden cloth on one and the other two I will keep in my traditional way with mulch etc. This way I'll be able to compare. (I will add my results in the fall)

Tomatoes love heat but prefer even temperatures. 7-8 hours of sun daily with temperatures up to 25°C/77°F and night-time lows of 12°C/55°F is ideal.

Growing tips:

Canadian growing seasons are shorter than what tomatoes need, this is my method here in South Western Ontario:

  • I start seeds indoors five weeks before the last known frost using my own organic growing medium. (Here is the link to the hub about my growing medium if you're interested )
  • I soak the seeds overnight to soften the hull and speed up germination.
  • After all danger of frost has passed (in my neck of the woods somewhere in the beginning of May) I set the plantlets outdoors during the day for a week but take them back inside overnight. Before planting I let them adapt outdoors for an additional 2-3 days including overnight in the garden. This way the small plants have a better chance to adapt to the windy spring conditions. I found that this allowed them to grow and develop good roots while the air is cool and get ready for strong production growth once it warms up.
  • When planting I set each of the plantlets in deep enough to be almost flush with the bottom set of branches. This will give them better grips so that the strong spring winds don't topple the plants out of the ground. If per chance plants gets away from me and become too leggy (too tall) I bury part of the stem on a horizontal slant. The buried stem will grow additional roots which in turn will strengthen the plant.
  • I remove all first flower sets from the tomato plants until they reach at least 1 foot/25cm in height. This allows for a really good root developement which in turn makes for healthy plants with nice 'full heads' of leafs.
  • Even though it's tempting to plant the tomatoes close (especially when they're such small little plantlets to start with) I always have to keep remembering that the Tomato plants hate competition. Each plant needs to have enough space so it can extend its leaves without touching the neighboring plants.
  • Let me pass on one of my gramp's tricks: when or if cutworms attack young tomato plants (cut them off at soil level) they can be salvaged by putting the stems into a jar of tepid water indoors. (rem: to give them new fresh cut ends) The stems will sprout new roots along the sides of the stem and the newly rooted plants are usually ready to be replanted outdoors within a couple to three weeks.
  • I cage, stake and tie up the tomato plants a couple of weeks after they're planted. ( as I never seem to have enough cages on hand, I also use 4' Bamboo poles, available cheap at most garden centers )
  • I have irrigation hoses set up so that they water the plants from below. But every so often I will give the whole plants a thorough misting being careful not to splash soil up onto the leaves, flowers and eventually the tomatoes. It's important not to let the roots dry out so I water daily especially once the tomatoes are startig to form. As with all fruit and vegetables if the tomatoes are too dry for too long and then get too much water there is the danger of their skin splitting.
  • For the first month I give the tomato plants extra 'feed' weekly. I water around the roots carefully with an organic compost and manure 'tea'.
  • The fourth week just before I cover the whole tomato rows with a 3-4" thick layer of wood chip mulch I give the plants a deep watering by adding some dry kelp (available at garden centres) to my compost 'tea'. (obviously the film/growing cloth has to be stretched out right at planting time)
  • Once the mulch is in place I cut back on the extra feedings to just once every two weeks. This continuous feed 'tea' needs to be low in nitrogen as by now the plants should have developed just about all the leafs they need and should start to concentrate on flower and fruit developement.
  • Once the plant starts developing its flower bunches I pinch out the new little leaves growing in the joint of two branches. These suckers will not grow any fruit and just take energy away from the rest of the plant. At the same time I also pinch off the lowest leaves off the bottom of the plants. These are the first set of leaves the plantlets grew and by now they usually start to yellow and brown as the sun can't reach deep into the plant.
  • So that my tomato plants don't get lonely I add basil and garlic in-between the rows also. It has been said that companion planting both improves on the flavour of the tomatoes and also helps to keep pest away.

Once the tomatoes have been picked they are at their best if kept at room temperature as they tend to lose their flavour when stored in the fridge. At the end of the growing season when there is very little chance of ripening the green tomatoes on the vine anymore I place them into large brown paper bags with a couple of yellow bananas for a few days. The green tomatoes will ripen, redden and soften however they will not taste as great and have a mealy texture still super for cooking etc.

Mind you I only ripen the large green tomatoes if I have too many to use up as breaded fried tomatoes, as salsa and as tomato relish. The smaller sized ones along with the green grape and green cherry tomatoes get pickled. (if you're interested here is the link to the recipe)

Not only are tomatoes one of the most versatile fruit/vegetables used extensively in the culinary world, especially Italian cuisines, they also contain Vitamins C and A. They also contain an antioxidant called Lycopen which is of great benefit to the heart, helps prevent prostate cancer and is also said to protects skin against harmful UV rays.

Canadian Food Guide

According to Health Canada ( the nutritional value of 1 raw tomato, Weight 123(g) Energy 22(kcal) Energy92 (kJ) Protein 1 (g) Carbohydrate 5(g) Total Sugar 3 (g) Total Dietary Fibre 1.5(g) Total Fat 0.03 (g) Calciumn 12 (mg) Iron 0.3 (mg) Sodium 6 (mg) Potassium 292 (mg) Magnesium 14(mg) Phosphorus 30(mg) Vitamin A 52(RAE) Beta-carotene 552(mcg) Lycopene 3165(mcg) Folate 18 (DFE) Vitamin C 16(mg) Vitamin B12 0.02 (mcg)

Aerial of Leamingtons Greenhouse farms
Aerial of Leamingtons Greenhouse farms

Ontario Greenhouse Growers!

Not just Tomatoes, but here are some really interesting facts:

Leamington has become the greenhouse capital of North America for a variety of reasons. Started by immigrants to the area after World War II, greenhouse production has become a billion dollar industry. Principal crops include tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. Greenhouse floriculture is also important. Leamington and neighbouring Kingsville have the largest concentration of greenhouses in North America with over 1500 acres "under cover".

For more information contact the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Association.

Greenhouse Produce Growing Methods:

  • greenhouse tomatoes are pollinated the natural way using bumblebees whose hives are scattered all over the production area. Cucumbers, unlike tomatoes, are not pollinated (hence the seedless nature of these crisp, 100% edible veggies)
  • greenhouse cucumbers and tomatoes are grown with great care in controlled environments ensuring a high quality product with a superior shelflife. Because integrated pest management is used (good bugs eating bad bugs), Ontario's hydroponic crops are virtually organic.
  • Ontario producers are so close to the markets they serve, that shoppers can get safe, fresh cucumbers and tomatoes in as little as 24 hours.
  • Ontario hydroponic, or greenhouse, cucumbers and tomatoes are grown in a nutrient rich water solution. Because growers limit the use of pesticides through biological controls, produce is safe, natural, and vine-ripened.

Leamington, the Tomato Capital of Ontario Canada

Tomato Movies!

Attack of the killer tomatoes! (1978)
A group of scientists band together to save the world from mutated tomatoes that KILL!

Green fried Tomatoes! (1991) It tells the story of a depression-era friendship between two women, Ruth and Idgie, and a 1980s friendship between Evelyn, a middle aged housewife and Ninny, an elderly woman who knew Ruth and Idgie.

Rotten Tomatoes: a website devoted to film reviews, information, and news about movies etc


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    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thank you Elsie for visiting. Soooo sad about not growing your own tomatoes. I have no experience with thieving possums, sorry.

      About eBay.... I really don't see much of a difference between eBay or Amazon. Except my eBay account has been working properly for many years but there is a problem with the Amazon one. I've been in contact with them for years and they don't seem to be able to find the problem.

      Take care

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Great hub. I love tomatoes, use to grow great crops until I shifted home about 12 years ago, now I grow them but don't get a chance to eat them. The possums beat me to them, no matter what I do, so have given up.

      I see you use eBay, I have never used them. Do you find they are better than Amazon?

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      You're right of course MG Singh tomatoes are one of the basics. Used in every which shape and form worldwide. I have had a lot of questions from my friends and acquaintances wondering how I can grow my tomatoes so tasty, large or plentiful that's why I ended up writing this hub.

      Thank you for reading and for commenting

      regards Zsuzsy

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      MG Singh 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Its a basic food. Nice you have highlighted it

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hiya midget38, thank you for reading and commenting. I can hardly wait until this years crop. My plant just went in last weekend so it will be a while.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Glad to see you back in action Gardener Den. Thanks you for reading and commenting. I too have been away from Hubpages for health reasons and it seems to be taking quite a bit of time and effort to get back into the groove of things.

      take care


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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      My favorites are the cherry tomatoes as well. You really know your tomatoes!! I'm sharing this and preparing a spaghetti sauce!

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      Dennis Hoyman 

      5 years ago from Southwestern, Pennsylvania

      Hi Zsuzsy great hub on tomatoes love your articles on hubpages keep up the great work! Gardener Den

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hiya Chris, if the info here helps you even just a little bit then it was well worth writing this hub.

      thanks for the votes too.

      best of luck with your tomato growing.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thank you droping in Wabash Annie. No better taste than great tomatos on home made bread. Yum.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      fpherj48 thank you for reading and commenting. I'm like you, I love tomatoes every which way.

      Soon... soon... soon

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Suzie HQ so glad you dropped in for a visit. What better place to grow tomatoes... Italy, wow that should be a lot of fun.

      thanks for all the votes.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thank you for reading and commenting Alexadry. I can never wait until my first tomatoe ripens. For days I live only on my garden veggies once they're ready.

      I have a couple of topsy turvey tomatoes too. We'll see how they turn out. It seemed as great fun.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Chris Achilleos 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting hub! My favorite tomatoes are the cherry ones, I love using them in salads, there delicious. I have began to grow my own chilies and also wanted to plant tomatoes, so the information your have provided here is very useful. Thanks for sharing this hub. Voted up and useful!

      Have a lovely day,


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      wabash annie 

      6 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      I especially appreciated all of the information about caring for the plants. I absolutely love GOOD fresh tomatoes. When I lived on our farm, I made sliced tomato sandwiches on home made bread (nothing else, just tomato and bread). Unbelievable!!

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wonderful hub about the delicious, healthy & versatile TOMATO!! I love all tomato products and recipes. However, when it comes to eating the simple, actual (fruit) veggie......I'm a tomato snob. I can sacrifice all year without a fresh tomato...until TOMATO SEASON. Then I can't get enough of the fresh, home grown tomato, right out of the garden.....warmed by the sun!

      mmmmmmm itself, like eating an apple.....or sliced on toasted oat bran bread and a little salt and mayo!!

      OH.......I'm drooling, just waiting. Won't be long now!!

      I just will NOT eat a tomato-out-of-season! Yuk.

      Enjoyed your hub!...UP++

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Zsuzsy,

      What a mind of information you are and your passion really shines through. Tomatoes are a fruit (but I think vegetable is definitely more appropriate) I love and look forward to growing them when we move to Italy where tomatoes are in every garden it seems! I have never grown them but have developed a huge passion for using fruits, veg, oils etc . . .for homemade skin care, tomatoes are one I love in this respect and for using in cookery.

      Thanks so much for incredible info and work here, much appreciate it!

      Voted up, useful, interesting, awesome, shared and pinned to fruit!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      6 years ago

      I love fresh, tomatoes from the garden. I don't have a green thumb though and many of mine don't make it for some reason. Like I had seedlings and the day I put them out they all died. Then, right when I was really close to harvest once, I used a fertilizer in hopes of helping, and they all wilted over night :( I never understood how to remove suckers. Now I have a topsy turvy and we'll see how it goes. I hate store-brought tomatoes as they taste horrible! Voted up!

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      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Not sure if you are still active here, but I was sort of sad to see you stopped unfollowing me on Twitter. When I went to look at your Twitter page you are tweeting some things that do not sound like you. I thought you might want to know.

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      Ms. Immortal 

      7 years ago from NJ

      Thank you for the great tips on growing tomatoes. Mine weren't so great this year. Do you have any advice about pesky ground hogs? We have a huge one we have named Diablo. We have tried Have-A-Heart traps but Diablo is very clever and never falls for it.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Picadilly, thank you for reading and commenting. If you found something new of interest in this hub then it was worth it to write it.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Priscill Anne Alvik 

      7 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

      This hub is pack full of valuable information!!! Thank you...I learned so much!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hi Storytellersrus, so glad you came for a visit. I just came in from the garden. I'm thinking... hmmm toasted tomato sandwiches for lunch... would you like one?

      With this hot, hot weather this summer I'm having a bumper crop. I can almost see them gettng ripe.

      Hope you and the family are well

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hi greeneryday, the grape tomatoes are called that because instead of the small round cherry tomatoes shape they look just like grapes (alongated). They taste like tomatoes, ... yummy sweet drops of sunshine that pop in your mouth. The picture that sits right under the ketchup song video was from last years crop.

      Thanks for reading and commenting

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hiya Dolores, wasn't that movie (Attack of the killer tomato) just awful? When my kids were still teenagers they had friends over for a movie marathon and that was one of the 'picks' . The funny thing is that even though it was so bad it's still remembered... or most likely it's because it was soooo bad that it's still remembered.

      Glad you dropped by for a visit, thanks for reading and commenting

      regards Zsuzsy

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      7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Zsuzsy, I love this!!! Voted up and interesting because it is UP and Interesting.

      I did not know why tomatoes were considered both fruits and vegetables, but your explanation clarified this confusion. I also did not know the tomato came in such large varieties. As I read through your article, my taste buds salivated. I could not imagine the delicious taste of a beefy red could be matched with an enormous red-- I appreciate your first hand experience validating my thoughts on the subject.

      I, too, pick tomatoes off the vine and eat them. Or take them out of the fridge whole, wash them off and bite into them for lunch. I love tomatoes and found your entire discussion fascinating. Thank you for enlightening me regarding this edible delight!!!

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      7 years ago from Some tropical country

      I wonder how the grape-tomato will taste like, this is the first time I read about it. Thank you for sharing...

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Haha, I love how you included the move, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Anyway, our tomatoes are coming in and we are so enjoying them. My favorite is called Brandywine, an heirloom variety packed with flavor.

      I love the smell of tomatoes in the garden!

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      William F Torpey 

      7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Last week I made a special trip to the supermarket just to get what was label "Heirloom" tomatoes, but it wasn't any better than the genetically modified tomatoes so I had to throw it out. There's no way of knowing whether or not it was truly an heirloom tomato. I've pretty much given up trying to find a "real" tomato.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hello William, glad you dropped by. You are so right about the genetically modified tomatoes being tasteless compared to the ones grown from old fashioned heirloom seeds. I can vouch for the ones coming out of my garden to taste pretty good though. (For the past 10 years I've only grown heirloom seeds in my garden). I've been known to make a whole meal out of just tomato wedges sprinkled with a little salt and pepper, still warm from the sun.... mmm, mmm, so, so good

      hope you and yours are well

      regards Zsuzsy

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      William F Torpey 

      7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Thanks for the good information, Zsuzsy Bee. I don't grow tomatoes, but I love "real" tomatoes. Unfortunately, I've been trying to find a good tomato for more than a decade without any luck -- and I've tried them from lots of different places. I purchased a shopping bagful of beefsteak tomatoes years ago in the Amish country of Pennsylvania and they don't come any better than those were. Genetic modification of tomatoes has made it nearly impossible to purchase a "real" tomato anymore. The ones you get now are tasteless (They taste like wax.)

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hiya timorous always glad when you drop in for a visit. There is a lot of this kind of info in my noggin and sometimes it just needs to be let out... you know, to make room for more. Fresh is always best that's for sure.

      Hope you and yours are well

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Hi Zsuzsy, great to see you. certainly covered the tomato topic with a wealth of great info. I was interested in trying heirloom seeds of various kinds, mostly to get away from the GMO varieties.

      One thing I have intended to do, but haven't so far, is making my own spaghetti sauce from plum tomatoes. You can't beat fresh, after all. Nice going. Cheers.


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