Are Tomatoes Red? Yes, and No.

If you asked your child if tomatoes were red, would they say yes?

If you asked them if tomatoes were any other colour, other than red, what would they say?

Every year my daughter and I plant tomatoes. We start ours from seed at the end of March and we have spent the last eight weeks observing them grow and talking about what is happening and what will happen next. We plant about four regular plants (Bush Baby Girl and Super Sweets), and the remaining eight plants are heirloom tomatoes.

Heirloom tomatoes can be bought from many local nurseries, you just have to start looking earlier in the season for the largest variety. These tomatoes come from all over the world and each have different shapes, sizes, colours, textures and tastes. Last year, we enjoyed tomatoes that were red, orange, yellow, green, dark red/purple, orange with purple lines… The list can go on.

You can put a fun twist on toasted tomato sandwiches (one of my faves) and we have a delicious Tomato and Onion Salad recipe that instantly becomes a colourful sight just by adding a few different colours of tomatoes to the mix.

This has been a fun activity for my daughter and I and this year she has asked for her own garden area. If you don’t want to grow your own variety of tomatoes (or can’t), you can always check out your local farmer’s markets this summer to see if there are any special varieties for sale.

I wish you a colourful summer filled with new food adventures. We will be out planting all of our vegetables this weekend.

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  • Avatar Soozle May 28, 2012, 5:39 pm

    Huh! Very cool! I have never seen a purple tomato!