The Best-Tasting Tomato–‘Jerseys

Better Boy

It’s only June 7th and I have my first harvest of Jersey tomatoes! Although they have come out with fresh-looking, vine-grown, hothouse tomatoes for winter–most of them are not flavorful–not like a Jersey tomato.

With all of the salmonella and e coli scares with food these days, I’m trying to grow my own vegetables. Mixed in with my perennials are tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and pumpkins. I still need to get some squash and eggplant in the ground but these upper 90s temperatures can kill a young seedling within a few days. (Who expected this heat wave so early?)

There is a sense of accomplishment for raising ones own vegetables. Knowing that they are pesticide free and fertilized organically is comforting.

Some of my top  favorite JERSEY  tomato dishes:

  • Caprese salad
  • BLTs
  • Salsa
  • Grilled tomatoes
  • Fresh cherries sauteed with garlic, EVO, & basil tossed over pasta
  • Ratatouille
  • Sundried tomatoes (dried in the sun or oven–so much better than store-bought)
  • Tomato omelet

Organic ketchup protects against cancer – Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition
January 09 2005 – Anna Gosline

I used Alaska Fish Fertilizer for everything which often raises eyebrows or grimaces. No, there isn’t a fish flavor to any of the crops–it feeds the soil not the plant. Do you have any favorite tomato dishes you would like to share?

 © Teresita Abad Doebley. All rights reserved 2009-2011.


8 thoughts on “The Best-Tasting Tomato–‘Jerseys

  1. Rivaling Jersey tomatoes is Jersey corn!! Nothing says summer goodness like a day on the beach followed by that dynamic duo for dinner..

  2. I’m growing tomatoes this summer… on my balcony. My garden will not survive the trolling deer and wildlife hunting for freebies. I might try your fish fertilizer too. 🙂

  3. OMG. Fresh, Jersey tomatoes already??? I grew up in southern NJ, and there is NO better tomato in the world as far I’ve been able to determine.

    I might have to go visit my family. Not that the tomatoes have anything to do with that… 😉

    My favorite tomato recipe is probably not one of the healthiest but it always reminds me of my mother. Fried Green Tomatoes. She made them her style, which might be NJ style, and not the southern version (that uses corn meal). Mom also liked to use slightly ripe tomatoes rather than those that were really green. She cut them into thick slices, dipped them in a flour, salt & pepper mixtures, and then fried them in hot oil. The frying is messy. She cooled them a bit on paper towels (to absorb any excess oil) and served them with a little parm cheese sprinkled on top.

    I am sooo craving tomatoes now.

  4. The better boy is one of the varieties that we have planted this year. We love to make fresh salsa (we grow our own peppers, onions, galic, etc) and are very fond of Ratatouille as well. Ours won’t be ready for a few more weeks, though.

  5. My friend:
    I am so jealous. I remember an Italian family that on occasion I would find myself at their home on Sunday…Wow! What the mother could do with tomatoes!
    Your post is very teasing to me. I seem to eat cereal for most of my meals—crycry


  6. One of my favorite little sandwiches to make up is tomato, mozzarella and basil with a touch of olive oil. I use an artisan bread and then press everything together for a while until it is all melted together. Summery simple.

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