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This item was last sold on : 03/19/18
Green tomato skin is extremely firm—even hard—with a lovely olive green color. It has bright chartreuse flesh. Green tomatoes have a deliciously sharp, puckering, and astringent flavor.
Green tomatoes are available in-season during summer and fall. Green tomatoes can also be found intermittently during the winter months from Mexico.
While green tomatoes are technically the unripe fruits of any tomato cultivar (Lycopersicon esculentum), they are generally only sourced from large “slicer” tomatoes as they are easier to use than smaller cultivars. Tomatoes belong to the Solanaceous, or “nightshade,” family, along with other commonly use fruits and vegetables such as peppers, potatoes, and eggplant.
Green tomatoes are a nutritional part of a well-balanced diet. They contain antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and K, as well as iron, phosphorous, and other minerals. Green tomatoes also have B-complex vitamins. Tomaintine, an alkaloid being researched for its potentially cancer fighting properties, is also present in green tomatoes.
The satisfying acidity of green tomatoes works well in a number of different dishes. While it is most famous for its excellence when fried, these unripe fruits can also be pickled (a perfect use for their firm, tangy flesh), cooked into sauce, and baked. They can even be used as a substitute for sour green apples in recipes, as they have just enough sweetness to be a delightfully surprising and tasty ingredient in a traditionally apple-based dessert.
Despite its reputation as a staple of southern cuisine, the green tomato’s modern use in the kitchen seems to have originated in the Midwestern United States. The first published recipe that makes reference to it was printed in Chicago’s “The Daily Inter Ocean” in 1877. Other publications also began to promote the green tomato, giving gardeners a use for what was formerly considered waste; formerly, green tomatoes were simply disposed of after killing frosts because they were too green to ripen indoors. Green tomatoes remained popular throughout the first half of the 20th century, after which their use began to decline. It wasn’t until the film “Fried Green Tomatoes” came out in 1991 that green tomatoes suddenly regained the national spotlight. They continue to show up in menus and farmer’s markets to this day.
Tomatoes, like their botanical cousin, the potato, originated in the South American Andes. They began being cultivated in 700 AD in South and Central America by the Mayans and Incas. When Spanish conquistadores invaded they brought the tomato back to Europe, where the French called it “the apple of love” and Germans named it “the apple of paradise.” Despite its use and admiration in Europe, colonists in what is now the United States grew tomatoes only for their ornamental properties. It wasn’t until Thomas Jefferson began growing the fruit as a food crop that the tomato began showing up in the American kitchen. Today tomatoes enjoy international popularity as the second-most grown fruit in the world.
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