Tomato Tale


Tomato which is now an integral culinary ingredient is consumed in a variety of ways, eaten raw or cooked, used in salads and to in sauces, also to make drinks. This widely used vegetable is botanically a berry-type fruit. Before it came to be used in cooking, people thought the tomato to be a poisonous plant because of its shine and colour.

Tomatoes are a great source of vitamins, B & C. The different types of tomatoes grown number in the thousands and can vary in size from the huge beef tomato to the small cherry tomatoes. Tomatoes have a sweetish flavour. Typically a fruit grown in warmer temperatures, they are grown all year round using controlled environments. When buying tomatoes go for a firm and wrinkle free skin, and they should have a beautiful tomato smell. Listed below are names of some tomatoes that I’m sure you will enjoy.

Beefsteak: they are the biggest with a meaty texture and a sweet taste. They are excellent for salads and perfect for stuffing.

Cherry: are a small, very sweet and have a strong intense flavour. They are ideal for salads, pasta sauces and can even be roasted.

Plum: good for making stews and sauces, plum tomatoes are available as a baby or full-grown tomato. Oval in shape & with a rich flavour, the plum tomatoes have comparatively few seeds.

Green: there are two varieties of green tomato – The unripe green tomato is tart and good for chutneys or to be fried. The other kind is the variety that stays green when ripe, has a tangy flavour and is good in salads or, again, fried.

Yellow: these ripen to a golden yellow color, and are good in salads, salsas, and chutneys.

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Marco Morana

Chef Marco a chef with over 30 years of experience, with outstanding technical knowledge and a proven track record, ​has worked in Rosetted as well as Michelin star restaurants both in Europe and in the USA. He has attended cookery school at the Roux Brother's, Raymond Blanc and Betty of Harrowgate. One of his key achievements, includes success in building the reputation and maximizing clientele of critically acclaimed "one of the best tapas restaurants in the UK". He has the "Midas touch" with turning around restaurants, with a passion and drive for cooking. Some of his other achievements include, being a long standing food stylist for Michelin star Spanish restaurant, Reeds. He has also been featured on Radio Scotland and some of UK's Food Channels.

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