Most things in Texas are bigger…..except these itty-bitty Texas Wild Cherry Tomatoes!
Imagine walking near a creek and seeing a plant that looks like it has tomatoes growing on it, but they are miniature tomatoes. You have probably come upon the Texas Wild Cherry Tomato!
You might think, why would I go to all the trouble and care of a tomato plant that produces tomatoes that are even smaller than a pea? Well, they are a delicacy….each little tomato is packed with a sweet delicious flavor.
The growing time to harvest isn’t as long as other tomato varieties, and there are so many more tomatoes to the plant.
And we have not missed a week for harvesting. They ripened just in time for our week of harvesting and creating a delicious recipe.
This will be the last week for our tomato articles until the fall where I will show you how to extend your Tomato Season.
Don’t neglect your tomatoes even if they are not producing. They may just be waiting for cooler weather to set their tomatoes.
Remember to still feed them. You can go back through the previous weeks and alternate what you feed them.
Also, make sure you keep them trimmed up, and remove any diseased leaves.
Most importantly, water them! It’s the hottest part of the summer and you don’t want your tomato plants to stress more than they have to. If you take care of your tomato plants, you may be ahead of the fall tomato season and harvest a whole new crop.
Enjoy the video of this weeks tomato, the Texas Wild Cherry Tomato.
Guacamole Salad with Texas Wild Cherry Tomatoes
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:
Tasters liked the consistently sweet taste of grape tomatoes compared with other varieties. Tasters also liked the flavor of minced garlic present in many guacamole salad recipes, but thought raw onions were just too harsh, so we used scallions instead. Steeping the garlic and scallions in lime juice for a few minutes before combining them with the avocados mellowed their flavor.
We wanted plenty of peppers for crunch and bulk, but a large quantity of jalapeños made the salad too hot to eat. Milder poblanos, with just a hint of heat, were a better choice.
SERVES 4 TO 6
If you can’t find poblano peppers, substitute an equal number of Anaheim chiles, or a large green bell pepper mixed with up to 2 tablespoons of minced jalopeño chile.
- 1/8 cup Texas Wild Cherry Tomatoes (or 1 pint Grape Tomatoes, halved)
- Salt and Pepper
- 4 Scallions, sliced thin
- 1 Garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon grated Lime zest
- 1/3 cup fresh Lime juice
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- 2 Poblano chiles, seeded and sliced into 2-inch matchsticks
- 2 ripe Avocados, pitted, skinned, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Cilantro
SALT TOMATOES Toss tomatoes and ½ teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Transfer to paper towel-lined baking sheet and let drain 15 minutes.
MAKE DRESSING Combine scallions, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper in large bowl. Let sit 5 minutes, then slowly whisk in oil.
TOSS SALAD Add chiles, avocados, cilantro, and drained tomatoes to bowl with dressing and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.
*Reprinted with permission from Cook’s Illustrated Magazine. For more information about this magazine or other publications by America’s Test Kitchen call 800-526-8442. Selected articles and recipes, as well as subscription information, are also available online at www.cooksillustrated.com
See you in the Fall!
Your Backyard Genie