From the garden to the kitchen, and everything in between.
I’m a cook and gardener, living in a small town in southern coastal Maine. I’m joined by my two cats — le due sorelle — sisters who reign as the household deities. This started out as a way to record what was happening in my garden, and has grown to include all the other things I encounter along the way.
Here, in New England, we are dependent on storage crops to get us through the winter. I discovered a type of tomato grown in Italy that, once stored, remains fresh until the next growing season. The ones I found in the southern part of Italy are called pomodorini del piennolo or pomodorini appesi, or “hanging tomatoes.” These are harvested in late August into September, fashioned into bunches, then hung in a cool, dry place to store.
I wanted to find out if these tomatoes were a viable option here, and grew out four varieties in the 2011 season. Three of them were sourced from Seeds from Italy: Principe Borghese, Grappoli d’Inverno, and Ponderosa. The fourth variety, the one I call Aprile, is named for the farm in Puglia where I first had these tomatoes.
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