Go Back   CurlTalk > Life > Recipes -- stuff to eat

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-31-2010, 11:07 AM   #1
 
The New Black's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 13,683
Default What's so great about heirloom tomatoes?

I hear so much about them but have not been impressed any of the times I've eaten them. I had some in a tomato salad (with English Cucumber, Warm Feta Croutons, Dehydrated Olives and Basil-Mint Yogurt) at an otherwise great restaurant recently. And their flavor was blah. The texture was nice though. Are heirloom tomatoes just a trend? Have I been getting some blah tomatoes? Am I expecting too much from a tomato?


OTOH, this restaurant's Grilled Anson Mills Corn Cake with Blueberry-Goat Cheese Ice Cream,Crushed Pecans and Blueberry Coulis was great!


__________________
No MAS.

I am the new Black.

"Hope the Mail are saving space tomorrow for Samantha Brick's reaction piece on the reactions to her piece about the reactions to her piece." ~ Tweet reposted by Rou.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Kimshi4242

http://www.tumblr.com/blog/kimshi4242
The New Black is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2010, 09:51 AM   #2
 
webjockey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 8,581
Default

Maybe you got a bum batch. I think the best way to eat heirlooms is by keeping them as naked as possible. Some good sea salt, fresh black pepper and EVOO is all I require.

Occasionally, some fresh herbs or cheese. If I was going to douse a bunch of stuff on it, I can use regular old tomatoes for that.
__________________
hello.world.
webjockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2010, 12:11 PM   #3
 
Saria's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 6,877
Default

There are hundreds of varieties, some juicier, some more tart, some meatier. The biggest thing about heirloom tomatoes is that diversity in crops is very important. The other is that they're beautiful. So you get this variety of tomatoes of all colors and shapes, and some are tart, some sweet, some more meaty than others.
All tomatoes, heirlooms, beefsteaks, plums, should be completely ripe for a salad. If they're not, it's not the same. There is also no comparison between a local tomato and a tomato from thousands of miles away, and that has been kept in storage.
The next one is that tomatoes should not be refrigerated unless it can't be helped, and they must be room temperature for a salad. Cold tomatoes are pointless.
Now the really big one is that tomatoes need salt, and a good amount of it. Lots of cooks really need to push the salt when making salads, but tomato ones in particular. It really does make the difference. Tomatoes and salt are made for each other. If you can salt them for a little while to draw out the juice, so much the better.
But basically, they're still tomatoes and they don't taste dramatically different from any other tomatoes that are also ripe and juicy.
If your tomato salad didn't have warm, bursting with juice, perfectly salted tomatoes to create the perfect balance of sweet, tart, and savory, then I can see how you would find it lacking.

To me it sounds like between the yogurt and feta there's a bit too much creaminess going on and perhaps the sweet balance needed adjustment.
__________________
Saria is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2010, 05:39 PM   #4
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 15,533
Default

I like it when people mispronounce the word "heirloom" and instead say, " hair loom."
ninja dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 11:29 AM   #5
 
spring1onu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 13,153
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ninja dog View Post
I like it when people mispronounce the word "heirloom" and instead say, " hair loom."


I say "air loom", is that right? With my accent it probably sounds more like "ayer loom".
__________________




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
spring1onu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 12:11 PM   #6
 
jeepcurlygurl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 14,697
Default

I can't think of anything much better than an heirloom tomato, organically grown, eaten warm from the sun right out of the garden. Mmmmm.
__________________
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, Ojon Restorative Treatment, oils, honey, vinegar.
http://public.fotki.com/jeepcurlygurl/ password jeepy **updated Feb 2014**
https://www.facebook.com/lifetheuniverseandtodd
jeepcurlygurl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 10:11 AM   #7
 
mailgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 1,030
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl View Post
I can't think of anything much better than an heirloom tomato, organically grown, eaten warm from the sun right out of the garden. Mmmmm.
x100
__________________
3a/3b/3c/36D


May the hair gods shine on me (and you!).

My silly veggie blog: vegefattien
mailgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 05:12 PM   #8
 
MichelleBFT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 4,734
Default

ZOMG I bought four of the most gorgeous heirloom tomatoes at the farm store yesterday-- they're hands down the best tomatoes I've ever had.
__________________
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
Stolen.
MichelleBFT is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Trending Topics[-]hide

Thread Tools
Display Modes



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:24 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2011 NaturallyCurly.com