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Campari stem tomatoes!

 

Aren't these gorgeous?  We can cook eat and talk tomatoes all year long.  Please join my Tomato Group here on iFood.TV

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 I grow over 100 Heirloom tomato varieties every year and would love to help any and all of you with growing, cooking,  and eating ideas and ways for the Love Apple!

Tomato season is winding down for most of us, in fact for some the beds are cleared and tilled already.  While our friends in the Southern Hemispshere like Chile, South Africa, Australia and such as just starting to plant out!  Perfection for a tomato lover like me would be to live 6 months in each hemisphere as I could grow tomatoes all year long.

Fortunately many Heirloom tomatoes are grown south of us in Central California all year round, and also such as the tasty Campari Tomatoes grown under glass in British Colombia are available all year round.  Granted not the same amazing flavours as those grown in our own garden, but tasty enough for salads without that bitter-seed, mealy and card-boardiness of many store bought hot house grown tomatoes.

Veg Tacos 529158-tomatoes.jpgv0Veggie TacosView Ephemeron's mapTaken in (See more photos here)Ingredients:
2 cans reduced sodium garbanzo beans2 tsp chipotle puree
1 packet Taco Seasoning (any brand)*
shredded lettuce
stone-ground corn tortillas, lard-free flour tortillas, or hard taco shells
diced tomatoesdiced Serranos or Jalapenos to taste
avocado
shredded cheese* (2% fat)
sour cream* (fat free like Fage Greek yogurt can be a substitute)
any other items you like on your taco like cilantro leaves

Directions: Combine garbanzo beans with taco mix. For juicier filling, use all liquid from garbanzo beans. For less juicy filling, use liquid from only one can. Simmer over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Lightly mash the garbanzo beans with a fork or bean masher. This not only keeps them from rolling out of your taco shells, but gives them a ground beef-like texture. Heat the tortillas under a broiler or in a non-stick skillet. Spread some of the bean mixture on the tortilla, then top with the other ingredients. Enjoy!

* To make this a vegan dish, make sure the taco seasoning does not include whey or milk solids, and substitute vegan cheese, such as Vegan Gourmet, use fat free sour cream for healthier tacos

Campari tomato is a deep vibrant-red and 1 to 2 inches in diameter (about the size of a golf ball).

Salsa to be!

Because Campari tomatoes are grown in climate-controlled greenhouses and available year-round, they have changed the way people think about tomatoes. Taste tests revealed that 92 percent of shoppers preferred the taste of a Campari over a traditional field-grown tomato.

"Tomato Chile Jam: it's like sex, only hotter" (er....)

"Tomato Chile Jam: it's like sex, only sweeter" (hrrrm...)

or ?????????????????? 

Opps back to Campari tomatoes sans the hot stuff.

Shoppers said, “This tastes like my garden tomatoes,” and “I thought I could only get tomatoes like this in July.”

Campari tomatoes are sold in clusters on the vine and hand-picked to ensure peak freshness and flavor. The intense flavor and sweet flesh make them ideal for snacking, and the smaller size makes them perfectly suited for salads, bruschetta or salsa.

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To preserve that great tomato flavor, leave tomatoes on the vine after purchase and store at room temperature; refrigeration alters both flavor and texture. Campari tomatoes are available at supermarkets nationwide.

A kitchen favorite for years, tomatoes are a nutrition star as well.

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 recipe www.ifood.tv/recipe/yemistes_domates_me_rizi_tomatoes_stuffed_with_lamb_and_rice

A medium-sized Campari tomato, for example, has only 35 calories yet provides 50 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and 20 percent of vitamin A.

More importantly, all tomato varieties are a good source of the antioxidant lycopene, the carotenoid that gives tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon and guava their red tones. Research has shown lycopene can help reduce the risk of several diseases.

Lycopene, and its cousin beta carotene, also found in tomatoes, help prevent oxidative cell damage. One study showed men who ate 10 or more servings of tomato products weekly had lower rates of prostate cancer.

In addition, lycopene helped reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia (dangerously high blood pressure) in pregnant women and inadequate growth of the fetus in another study. Other studies suggest lycopene might be helpful in treating male infertility and preventing heart disease and exercise-induced asthma.

Here you see Lemon Boy and Plum Tomatoes canned and ready for Winter meals!

Now as we are left with green tomatoes on the vine in the garden-how about a favourite of grandma's - Fried Green Tomatoes-crusty with cornmeal?

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Fried Green Tomatoes

for recipe

http://www.ifood.tv/recipe/fried_green_tomatoes_with_creme_fraiche_drizzle

Now this is fun you layer Campari or other red tomatoes with Green Zebras in the jar.

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Aren't all these gorgeous?  We can cook eat and talk tomatoes all year long.  Please join my Tomato Group here on iFood.TV

www.ifood.tv/group/tomato_fest_2007_world_of_heirlooms

 I grow over 100 Heirloom tomato varieties every year and would love to help any and all of you with growing, cooking,  and eating ideas and ways for the Love Apple!

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