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Old 07-14-2010, 05:54 PM   #1
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It's that time of year, where I find myself stopping at the roadside farmstands to buy small bushels of the various types of Jersey Tomato offered in our state.
If you've never had them in a salad, or salsa, or omelette, I can tell you that no tomato has the flavor as our locals.

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Georgia has peaches. Florida and California have their oranges, but New Jersey is blessed with the best tomatoes in the world. In fact, the tomato is the state vegetable, although I hear there is a great debate going on in the legislature at the moment over whether the tomato is actually a fruit or a vegetable. Technically, I am told, it is a fruit but since the state fruit spot is already occupied by the blueberry, the legislature has a problem. Personally, I wish New Jersey lawmakers would stick to dealing with property taxes and balancing the budget and leave the legumes alone. But whether fruit or vegetable, the Jersey tomato is a delectable seasonal treat, highly prized not only on its home ground, but in neighboring States and the nearby big cities of New York and Philadelphia as well. Sliced, diced, cooked, or raw the Jersey tomato makes a glutton's heart beat faster. By September, the season is pretty much over and I personally do not buy fresh tomatoes for the rest of the year. It’s not just that I am into local, sustainable, and organic produce. It is also that having tasted the best, I cannot stomach the rest.

Tomato Lore

Oddly enough, you will not find a variety of tomato called the” Jersey “in any seed catalog, The classic Jersey tomato is a beefsteak tomato, usually a hybrid and acquires its wondrous taste and texture from the soil and climatic conditions of central and southern New Jersey, not from its genetic inheritance. A broad range of types of tomatoes are grown in the state and there is an increasing interest, particularly on the part of organic farmers and serious gardeners in heirloom varieties. Happily, these are increasingly available in season.

New Jersey Tomato History

The tomato has a long and colorful history in New Jersey. The plant's origins lie in pre-Columbian Mexico and South America, where Spanish conquistadors tasted it and promptly took it home to Europe. It arrived in North America via England in colonial times and made its way to New Jersey in the late 18th century. Back then it was an ornamental house plant called “wolf peach” or “love apple” and was not considered edible. In fact, the fruit and leaves were thought to be poisonous. Possibly, this is because the tomato is part of the nightshade family and is distantly related not only to the tobacco plant but also to the deadly nightshade, which really is poisonous. It was thought at the time that eating a tomato would acidify the blood which would result in death.

In any case, it is said that tomato history was made in New Jersey in 1820 when Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson of Salem County introduced the tomato to local farmers in a rather colorful way. The story may or may not be true. It seems that Colonel Johnson, a local worthy, had eaten tomatoes in Europe and wanted to encourage local cultivation as a food crop. Naturally, he met with heated resistance from farmers who thought that tomatoes were poisonous and the Colonel was crazy. To prove to the locals that tomatoes were edible, he announced that on September 26, 1820, he would stand on the steps of the Salem County Courthouse and consume a basket of tomatoes in front of anyone who cared to come and watch him do it. Rumor has it that thousands gathered at the courthouse to watch the Colonial drop dead and were astounded when he survived. Tomato cultivation in New Jersey is said to date from this time.

I have a feeling,(based on nothing but a hunch) that this apocryphal tale was told years after the fact by some clever adman on behalf of the Campbell Soup Company, which began making canned tomato soup in its Camden, New Jersey location in the 1870’s, using truckloads of Jersey tomatoes. Whether truth or fiction, the tale is a good one and probably helped make Campbell’s tomato soup a staple of the American kitchen.

It’s too bad that the Jersey tomato in it’s fresh off the vine state, can only be truly appreciated by those in or near it’s native habitat and only in summer. Like a local wine, it does not travel well—nor does any tomato, which is why I eschew the supermarket, chalk-center varieties, laden with pesticides and trucked hundreds or thousands of miles to market. The rest of the world will just have to make do with their own local produce. As for me, I’m counting down to summer when the signs go up and I gorge on New Jersey’s state vegetable(or fruit)—whichever the legislature decides that it is.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:01 PM   #2
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Jersey Tomatoes are Wonderful.....I agree



but I must complain and let you know the title to your thread is misleading, thought it was about SoVerySoft.....

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Old 07-14-2010, 09:10 PM   #3
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LOL...EP that crossed my mind.

Hey Phil - I thought it was still too early for jersey tomatoes. If it's not - I'm hitting the farms stands this weekend. Wheeeeeeeeee!
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I completely agree. Although, I too, thought that Jersey tomatoes were ready in August.

There are No tomatoes like a Jersey tomato. And there are no others like SVS either.
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I completely agree. Although, I too, thought that Jersey tomatoes were ready in August.

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Some folks around here might disagree, they grow and can all the Redgold products a few miles from here...they're a little slow this year, we had a cool wet spring but it's blistering now!
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I've been fortunate enough to have grown up eating my Grandmother's Beefsteaks from our own backyard in Bayonne and Jersey City, then have the luxury of my choice of heirlooms from about a dozen farmers markets and stands along Route 206 on my way home to PA from work in Jersey, and now I'm growing them on my own deck. There's something so delicious and so satisfying about growing and/or eating a fresh grown fragrant tomato ripened in the sun. I eat it sliced with a bit of sea salt, or sometimes on white bread with some mayo or fresh hot Italian bread with olive oil.

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I'm pretty sure you're all confused. It's the Utah tomatoes that are best. Specifically, the Celebrity tomatoes. Unfortunately, it's still to early for them. Utah garden goodness takes time.
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