Invasion of The Yellow Tomato
August 29, 2017 9:39am CST
As Summer draws to a close my garden is sprouting strange looking colored tomatoes different from the usual red ones it produces. You see, I bought some tomato plants this year called "Lemon Boy" from the local nursey to try out. To my surprise I am reaping the benefits of my experimentation, as these tomatoes are ripening in great numbers. I tried my first one yesterday and the yellow tomato has such a sweet mild flavor, delicious! Looks like I will be eating a lot of BLT's, tomato sandwiches and sliced tomato salads well into September. I am up to the challenge! Here is a little history behind the yellow tomato for my curious readers. For the very health conscious you can't beat the red tomatoes. They contain three times as much lycopene, a cancer preventer. They also have less sodium than the yellow ones. One plus for the yellow tomato is the acidity level. They are much lower than the traditional color tomato which if beneficial to people suffering when eating acid foods, or have "GERD" related digestive symptoms. I also found this information about the origins of the yellow tomato from "specialitysource.com" that might be of interest. In 1544, the Italian herbalist Mattioli was the first to describe the Yellow tomato fruits in Europe, referring to them in Latin as “mala aurea”, translated as “the golden apple”. The Italians also called the fruit “pomodoro”, Italian for “golden apple”, which is why it is believed that the first tomatoes known to Europeans were actually yellow and not red. It wasn't until later on in 1554 that Mattioli mentioned a red variety in his work. In closing, it can be fun and sometimes beneficial to try out new things. I like the fact that the yellow tomato has less acid, because I am sensitive to these type foods. The red tomatoes are still a big part of my garden, but it is nice to have the variety that the yellow ones provide. To my fellow gardeners, what type of tomatoes do you grow? Have you ever tried growing different types of tomatoes? Which kind is your favorite to eat? Sources- NY Times, Prevention, Wise Geek & specialtiysource.com Amateur Photo is mine
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@JeeyanDee I did see something on line on Amazon for canned yellow tomatoes. Boy they will sell anything You can use any for canning but the paste type tomato has fewer seeds and is best Here are some of the more popular canned tomatoes: Roma, Jersey Giant, Sam Marzano and Amish paste.
@just4him I think they are more common in specialty stores like Whole Foods, our Shop Rite in NJ sells them. We also have a lot of farm markets where I live that will carry them. Definitely, not an easy find unless you buy the plants and grow them yourself.
As you know we did not have tomatoes in Italy before Columbus discovered the America in 1492. It is true that the first tomatoes were yellow. The Europeans considered the tomatoes poisonous until the beginning of the year 1700. We still call the tomato "pomodoro" no matter which color it is. I grow tomatoes of different colors in my garden, from yellow to purple.
• Moses Lake, Washington
@dgobucks226 I planted roma tomatoes last year and don't plan to do so ever again. They tasted and had the texture of store tomatoes! I generally only plant cherry tomatoes now. Like you said, sweet and perfect for snacking and salads.