Tiny Tim Tomato
Tiny Tim tomato is a scarlet red tiny tomato that was introduced in 1945. It is smaller than a pea and best suited for snacking; however, a lot of people enjoy it in salads, stir fries, appetizers and also salsas. This sweet tart juicy tomato is full of flavor and used in many dishes of the American cuisine. This small tomato can be easily grown in pots in the patio. Tiny Tim Tomato Salad with Boxwood Basil and That Dutchman’s Gouda Cheese and Tiny Tim Appetizer are a few delicious preparations of this tomato.
Culinary Uses of Tiny Tim Tomatoes
The sweetness and slight tart taste of the Tiny Tim tomato is ideally suited for stir fries, salads and a variety of salsas. These are excellent snack time tomatoes and a hit with kids. The taste of these tomatoes blends very well with cheese.
Popular Tiny Tim Recipes
There are many preparations that get a wonderful flavor from the use of Tiny Tim tomato. Listed here are few recipes of this tomato –
- Tiny Tim Tomato Salad with Boxwood Basil & That Dutchman’s Gouda Cheese – This is a simple salad dish. It is prepared by slicing tomatoes into halves and adding Gouda cheese, chives, basil, salt and pepper to the tomatoes. It is followed by adding balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and olive oil to the tomato cheese mixture. All ingredients are tossed well and allowed to marinate for a few hours. This salad tastes great garnished with basil and chopped chives.
- Tiny Tim Appetizer – Tomatoes are cut into halves and the pulp along with seeds is scooped out. The water from the tomatoes is then allowed to drain. Meanwhile, cream cheese, dill weed and lemon juice are mixed and filled into the tomato halves. The stuffed tomatoes are garnished with parsley and chilled.
Nutritive Value of Tiny Tim
The scarlet red Tiny Tim tomato is a rich source of vitamin A, C, K and also Thiamin and Niacin. Lycopene, a natural antioxidant known to prevent cancer, is also abundantly present in this tomato. A good amount of fiber (2g) and folate (7%) too are present. Minerals such as potassium (around 10%) and manganese (around 8%) are present in good amounts.
Buying & Storing Tips
- The skin of the tomato should be taut, smooth and without wrinkles.
- The tomato should not have any blemishes or blotches.
- Very ripe and soft tomatoes should be avoided and in case they ripen after purchasing, the tomatoes can be frozen, only to be used for cooking purpose.
- The best way to store ripe Tiny Tim tomato is to place the stem side down and if raw these tomatoes should be stored at room temperature away from direct sunlight.