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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Stinky Tomatoes

I have been desperately searching for cherry tomatoes for a salad I am making. For some reason the tomato gods are against me this week - my first foray into cherry tomato picking at the local supermarket turned up blue molded, fuzzy, smelly, watery tomatoes. I understand that the US is going through a difficult time in terms of tomatoes - perhaps it's contagious!

Finally, after my efforts turned up nothing but mank, I decided to try the local greengrocer. Who better to guide me in the direction of crisp, ripe, fragrant tomatoes.

I reached the counter and there they were in front of me...cherry tomato heaven.

I looked up at the lady in the greengrocer for some kind of affirmation.

"Very good." She said. "Very fresh. Beautiful."

And they did look good under those fluorescent lights, all shiny and red.

When outside in the daylight, I noticed a strange phenomenon. Tiny hairs were growing from almost every pore of every tomato. (do tomatoes have pores?) Perhaps it's just lint, I thought. Then I took a closer look later on. It was definitely hair, not lint. I had just bought a bunch of hairy tomatoes. Perhaps they were ok, perhaps this stuff was external and would come off. So I opened the cling film wrapper.


If you know the smell of rotten tomatoes, you will know what I was smelling. No fresh tomato could smell like this. But still, I found myself vainly sniffing for a hint of freshness underneath the stink to no avail.

Rule #1 when buying tomatoes - Smell them. If they are covered with cling wrap, be suspicious, try and sniff them anyway. If you can't get in to smell them, move on. It is too easy to disguise stinky tomatoes under plastic.

Rule #2 - Check for hairs.

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  1. hiya...

    i just had cherry tomatoes the other day ...it wasn't stinky :P

    the picture is here

  2. I would be the person poking holes in the plastic wrap! I take no prisoners when shopping for produce. It is too expensive to end up with something rotten!

  3. now i should be extra careful when buying tomatoes.

  4. xniquet - lucky!

    thefreebieblogger - I should have thought of that! The shopkeeper may have growled at me though!

    oz - beware!

  5. ew.....EW! blech. lol

  6. The picture you show is what we call Roma tomatoes here. I just had my first one ripen from my garden. They are great for making spaghetti.

  7. jan - That's a great idea - it's probably a better idea for me to grow them! These ones are baby romas but for spaghetti you can't beat fresh roma tomatoes!


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