Valérie Fernandez

By Valérie Fernandez

July 15, 2021

Health

It’s tomato season again!

August is the ideal time to enjoy delicious local tomatoes …And there are so many types to choose from! Make the most of the harvest to discover all the shapes, colours and flavours of this fruit that tastes like a vegetable.

Here’s a short guide to the flavours and textures of the main varieties of tomatoes.

Red

  • Shape: Round
  • Flesh: Very juicy
  • Best use: Salad, roasted or grilled
  • Recipe idea: Tomatoes stuffed with couscous

SAN MARZANO (ITALIAN)

  • Shape: Oblong
  • Flesh: Firm, not much juice or seeds
  • Best use: Sauces, canning or roasted
  • Recipe idea:
    • Tomato sauce with onion, garlic and olive oil
    • Sunshine in a jar! Home canning is a way of enjoying summer’s generous bounty all year long. It’s important to follow the step-by-step instructions that have been developed to ensure success.

CHERRY

  • Shape: Round or oblong
  • Flesh: Delicate and very juicy
  • Best use: Salad, roasted, sautéed, grilled or caramelized
  • Recipe idea: On skewers with cubes of marinated meat and onions or brushed with barbecue sauce

PINK

  • Shape: Round
  • Flesh: Firm, not much juice
  • Best use: Salad or grilled
  • Recipe idea: Sliced, brushed with marinade or vinaigrette, then grilled on the barbecue

BEEFSTEAK

  • Shape: Ribbed
  • Flesh: Thick, not much juice
  • Best use: Salad
  • Recipe idea: Caprese salad, with bocconcini or fresh mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic vinegar

HEIRLOOM

  • Shape: Variable
  • Flesh: Thick, not much juice
  • Best use: Salad
  • Recipe idea: Colourful salads, with mango, red onion and vinaigrette

 

Good to know
1 serving of fruits and veggies = 1 medium tomato or ½ cup (125 ml) of cherry tomatoes.

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