|Tomatoes just harvested by Seedlings Gardening|
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This week a reader asked us, What’s the deal with heirloom tomatoes?
Beautiful, juicy tomatoes are populating our summer menus all about town, and with good reason. Austinites look forward to tomato season all year, when the fruit tastes as sweet as candy. So what makes an heirloom an heirloom? These special breeds come from seeds that have been passed down through generations of plants without being hybridized.
“I grow them to give a variety of flavors and colors to food,” says Liz Baloutine, the owner of Seedlings Gardening, which builds and maintains gardens for restaurants like Josephine House, Buenos Aires Café, Elizabeth Street Cafe and more. Heirloom tomatoes are known for their rich taste and beautiful colors, which range from the traditional red, yellow, orange and green to purple and even white and black.
Beyond menus, find them at the farmers’ markets and make your own refreshing tomato salads. Or, if you’re hard core, eat them like an apple, juice running down your chin as you enjoy the summer.
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