Decent Supermarket Tomato - Found at Last?
- CFByrne Aug 26, 2012 05:53 AM
Here in Florida we all know how hard it is to find a decent fresh tomato.
Sure, in winter you can get them at the various farmer / green markets. But otherwise, it's tough.
Until now, the best I could find in, say Publix, were the "Ugly" tomatoes.
But the other day, I came across something new at my Publix.
The little label on each tomato showed:
I tried these just for kicks, even though they looked similar to the usual hothouse suspects.
Wow. Really really good. Real taste and texture inside. Closest thing I've seen to a fresh northern tomato in a long time.
Their website goes to great lengths to detail how these are most definitely NOT gassed, not hothouse.
Best part? Unlike the often $4/lb Uglies, these were just $1.99, about the same the lousy ones typically go for.
Check them out!
Of course, right now is tomato season in South Florida and you can find all kinds of heirloom tomatoes at farmers' markets and via CSAs. They go for about $4.50-6.00 a pound, but well worth it.
My local Publix started carrying these brown "Kumato" tomatoes this week. They look like chocolate heirlooms but they are not. They apparently are a hybrid (but not GMO).
I picked some up... despite the $4.99/lb price.
They're better than hot house. But I don't think better than Ugly and I don't think better than Tasti-Lee (which were adjacent and $1.99 /lb).