Category Archives: tomatoes / pomodorini

9.9.13 Winter Tomatoes: Pomodorino del Piennolo, Aprile & Ponderosa

It seems fitting on the two-year anniversary of Diary of a Tomato that we return to how it all started, growing winter tomatoes. There are many reasons not to grow tomatoes in Maine. The temperatures tend to be too cold, the … Continue reading

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4.24.13 Storage Tomatoes + 5 Links

Our Italian winter tomatoes — pomodorini appesi — made it through late-April, when we finished up the last of them. Until then, we’d been enjoying them roasted on pizza, sautéed for pasta, tossed into scrambled eggs and stuffed into frittatas, … Continue reading

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4.8.13 Spring Seedlings + Winter Tomatoes

Spring is taking its time arriving, the early occurrence of Easter a false start to the season. There’s very little to forage from the garden, though we found a sprouting onion in storage that we’re keeping for the greens. The … Continue reading

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2.12.13 Winter tomatoes / pomodorini in February

It’s mid-February and we’re down to four trays of the pomodorini or winter tomatoes remaining in storage. The red Aprile were harvested in September, the yellow-orange Ponderosa in early October, about five months on. They’re still quite viable, even the … Continue reading

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Smoky Tomato and Bacon Chowder

“All chowders were born of necessity. They were invented by humble working people, who made them with local, inexpensive ingredients from the sea or the land.” — Jasper White, “50 Chowders” Most think of clams or fish when it comes … Continue reading

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Spongano: Maritati con Pomodorini e Rucola (Wedding Pasta with Winter Tomatoes and Arugula)

During our week cooking in Spongano, it was just a short stroll from the door of our kitchen to il fruttivendolo. Towards the rear of the shop, past the taralli biscuits and dried fave, a large array of tomatoes were on splendid display. Among … Continue reading

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Assembling pomodorini appesi for hanging

Elizabeth Minchilli filmed these women from Puglia demonstrating how to string together hanging tomatoes, or pomodorini appesi, while attending Slow Food’s Salone del Gusto one year. Their technique differs markedly from that shown in another video. Here, the tomatoes are shown strung … Continue reading

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