|this is from last year|
Store bought tomatoes have the taste and texture of apples compared to the home grown varieties.
They are picked green and colored in a room full of gas and never allowed to naturally ripen. A real tomato is juicy on the inside and can be smelled from across the room. They are packed in flavor.
One year I went a little crazy and planted 135 plants, devoted my entire garden to them. Now I limit them to 20 to 25 plants and give the rest away to neighbors and friends. I start about 50 to 75 in my greenhouse every year. Mostly I dry them in a dehydrator I built about 25 years ago. I dry them to the consistency of potato chips and give lots of those away when I have a good season. I like them best as a chip of tomato and a slice of cheese on a cracker offering an explosion of flavor to the pallet, but they can be used in salads and soups also, or reconstituted with balsam vinegar and a little olive oil.
Commercial dried tomatoes are made from commercial tomatoes and are not the same thing at all.
If you don't have a garden a tomato plant will do well in a five gallon bucket as long as you tend it and it has good composted soil. My plants get about seven feet tall so staking them is important. Put it in a sunny location and make holes for drainage.
Saving seeds is easy. Just squish them out on a paper towel and put them on a shelf to dry. In the Spring I just tear off a seed with a piece of the towel and plant it.
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I love Spring, another season, another year. I am always after that "perfect tomato"!
You can see more of my garden HERE