SUPER TASTY: TOMATOES ON THE VINE

Tomatoes on the vine are well-known for their aromatic taste. Due to the fact that they are so full of flavour, they are very suitable chopped in a salad, on toast or in a traditional Italian Caprese salad with mozzarella and basil. As culinary cooking at home became more popular since 2020, the demand for more tasty tomatoes (compared to ‘normal’, green – red round ones) has also increased.

 

Did you know…?

• Tomatoes were originally from the South American Andes of Peru. They were first used as food by the Aztecs in Southern Mexico.
• The biggest tomato fight in the world happens each year in a small Spanish town called Bunol. The festival, called La Tomatina, involves 40.000 people throwing 150.000 tomatoes at each other.
• There are around 10.000 varieties of tomatoes worldwide.
• Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that is good for the heart and effective against certain cancers. Tomatoes are also packed with vitamin A and C, calcium and potassium.
• Tomato seedlings have been grown in space!
• Tomatoes are the official state vegetable of New Jersey, USA. Tomato juice is the official state beverage of Ohio.
• According to the Guinness World Record (2013), the heaviest tomato weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was grown in Oklahoma, USA.
• The first tomatoes in Europe may originally have been yellow and were called ‘pomo d’oro’, which means ‘golden apple’.

 

Dutch tomatoes on the vine

Our Dutch tomatoes on the vine are exceptionally aromatic. It is said that tomatoes who are still attached to the vine they grew on, have a longer shelf life. Some research also indicates that vine-ripened tomatoes contain higher levels of anti-oxidants and other nutrients, than those picked before peak ripeness. Our Dutch/Belgium tomatoes on the vine are available year-round due to advanced lighting techniques!

 

Market facts

Due to the many working from home and the closure of the catering industry, consumers in the Netherlands have started cooking themselves en masse. This is reflected in the sales results of products that are often used in the kitchen, for example the vine tomato. In 2020, sales of the vine tomato increased by 30% compared to 2019, while the volume even increased by 40%. In addition to the round tomato and the plum tomato, they often make their way to kitchens in the Netherlands.

Levarht tomatoes on the vine

We can provide tomatoes on the vine in various packaging options, such as loose or (tray) flow. Tell us what you are looking for and we will think along with you! 

 

Tomatoes on the vine in the spotlight

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Recipe: Roast tomatoes

These roast tomatoes can be used in many different ways: in a salad, as a side dish or make a delicious roast tomato soup!
Ingredients (4 persons)
- 10 large vine tomatoes, halved
- 4 garlic cloves, sliced
- ½ bunch of thyme
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp olive oil

 

How to prepare:

Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Put the tomatoes on a baking sheet with the garlic and thyme, drizzle over the balsamic vinegar and olive oil, add some seasoning and roast for 1 hr. Remove and set aside to cool.

Tip 1: ROAST TOMATO & WATERCRESS SALAD

Divide an 85g bag watercress between 4 plates. Sprinkle over a small bunch snipped chives, then top with 1 quantity of roast tomatoes. Scatter over 50g walnuts, broken into pieces and pour over the tomato juices as a dressing. Serve with crusty bread if you like.


Tip 2: ROAST TOMATO SOUP

Tip 1 quantity of roast tomatoes into a pan with 2 grated carrots. Then pour on 300ml vegetable stock and simmer for 5 mins. Add some seasoning and whizz with a stick blender until smooth. Serve with crusty bread.

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