The National Garden Bureau has declared this as
The YEAR OF THE TOMATO!
Interesting tomato facts -
(well, they're interesting to us plant geeks anyway)
Tomato's wild relatives originated in South America, probably in the Andes, but were not cultivated by the Andean people.
Pre-Mayans grew and domesticated the wild plants
2000 miles away in Central America.
Hernan Cortes is credited with finding the tomato in an Aztec market around 1520. He took the seed back to Spain and from there, the tomato traveled through Europe and across the English Channel to England.
An English country doctor declared tomatoes inedible in 1600.
Thomas Jefferson raised tomatoes as ornamental plants at Monticello in 1781
Tomatoes can be creamy white, lime green, pink, yellow, golden,orange, purple, red or striped, ranging in diameter from about 1/4" to 6".
One cup of cherry tomatoes will provide:
25% of daily recommended Vitamin A
32% of Vitamin C
a substantial amount of vitamin K and potassium.
Bartlett's Hot House Tomatoes are ripe and in the market!
Try these simple and flavorful side dishes for an early season taste...
Cut a few tomatoes into chunks, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with Bartlett's Organic Herb flavored Kosher Salt (pictured below)
You can find the herb salt in the produce case near the fresh herbs
Or slice them with some Maple Brook Mozzarella and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. mmmmm....tastes like summer
Our hot house tomatoes are grown from seed that was started in January, and carefully nurtured in the greenhouses. They are pesticide-free and delicious no matter how you serve them!