Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sunshine Salsa

A funny thing happened this late winter. One friend, then another, and another, along with myself and even others, decided to grow some vegetables from seed. I blame the cold, dark, gray Ohio winter.

Sometime around late February, I found myself at a local nursery, salivating over the seed packets. The thought of growing fresh produce seemed like a crazy fantasy, what with it being freezing cold outside and all.

I bought some seeds, some soil-less grow mix, even constructed a tray under a florescent light so my seedlings could have sufficient light and my neighbors would wonder what I was growing in the basement. I dutifully misted them daily, checking on their progress.

A few weeks into my seed growing experiment my friend Erin sweetly shared some Heirloom Teardrop Yellow Tomato seeds. I added them to the growing seedlings, but truth be told, by the time they made their way into the soil, they were the puniest of my puny seedlings.

These puny little seedlings have grown to over 7, yes 7 feet tall. An adjacent pine tree is serving as the perfect support for these two tomato plants which are producing freshly yellowed pear-shaped tomatoes daily.

While they are just perfect for popping in your mouth, G and I came up with a fresh salsa recipe using the yellow tomatoes. We call it Sunshine Salsa, and I'm sure I'll be thinking of it come next February.

Sunshine Salsa

1 cup diced yellow tomato
1/4 cup diced onion
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
juice of half a lime

Mix all ingredients together. Tastes best if let to marinate for a bit before eating.

Life is Sweet,

1 comment:

JerseyBaby said...

Yum! We have some of those tomatoes growing too, and they're close to 7' tall as well.