Tomato time

Tomato time


Posted 3rd August


It's the time of the year to start making the most of your home-grown tomatoes

Tomato plants will start to ripen in August, giving you a delicious fruit for late summer.

Alasdair Urquhart, plant advisor at Haskins Garden Centre said: "Growing your own tomatoes is simple and rewarding."

"Start picking your tomatoes when the fruit is ripe and fully coloured. If cropping slows in early autumn, we suggest gathering any green fruit and keeping it in a warm, dark place to help it ripen."

The garden centre has a mouth-watering tomato salsa recipe, the perfect accompaniment for a wide number of dishes...

You will need

5 medium tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 crushed garlic clove
Juice of 1 lime
Small splash of white wine vinegar
Handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Directions

1 Finely chop the tomatoes and coriander (include the stalks). Place in a large mixing bowl.

2 Peel and finely chop the onion, add to the bowl.

3 Grate the garlic and add to the bowl.

4 Add a splash of white wine vinegar and mix well.

5 Season to taste with salt and pepper and add lime juice, if needed.

6 Can be served straightaway or for extra punch, set aside for a few hours to let the flavours develop further.

Recipe courtesy of Haskins 





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