My husband Robert lives and breathes the garden almost the whole year. During the winter he’s planning and drying the seeds from the previous year’s bounty, such as he did this year with the potato-leaf tomato seeds. When the first of the beefsteak-size tomatoes began ripening this week, I’ve never seen him more excited. He agonized when to pick it. He wanted it as ripe as possible on the vine, but he didn’t want the pesky and abundant rabbits this year to start nibbling on it. In ancient times, the tomato was a delicacy viewed as the “love fruit” because of its supposed aphrodisiac-qualities. It never made much sense to me, until I saw the excitement in Robert for this one versatile fruit coming into its maturity. True love grows, blossoms, blooms and spreads here in the garden.
The iVillage Garden Web discusses the differences in the tomato leaf varieties – either regular or potato leaf, such as the one pictured here. They are very distinctive in the garden. The type of seed used for our plants is brandywine. The tomatoes are very “beefy” and wonderful to use in sauces. We have a variety of plants in the garden this year, and slowly they are coming into their own. We can’t wait to chomp into the three sitting in the windowsill right now. But we still have plenty more. Soon we’ll be covered in juice and seeds as we begin preserving all of this bounty. Now I understand why it’s an aphrodisiac – I’m in love with this vegetable and so is Robert.What’s your favorite way to enjoy a tomato?