Monday, August 10, 2009

The Tomato Hierarchy

When it comes to tomatoes, I am pretty confused these days. Exactly what makes an heirloom tomato an "heirloom"?

This article seems to explain the first question: an heirloom tomato is a tomato with pure lineage -- its seed has not been used with any others. But where do "beefsteak tomatoes" fit into this schematic? Are beefsteak tomatoes heirlooms or not?

Whether I will ever completely grasp the tomato hierarchy or not, one thing's for certain. I love eating good tomatoes. They are great with a pinch of salt or a drizzle of olive oil. Or on a BLT.

I bought several beefsteak tomatoes on Sunday from my local farmers market. And I am going to eat one of them later today.

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