Thanks to the some ridiculously warm summers in the Greater Seattle Washington area, many of our tomato plants are producing so much we cannot possibly eat them at once. In other words we have an overabundance of tomatoes.
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My favorite thing to do with an overabundance of tomatoes is to slice them in half horizontally, lay them on a sheet pan, and sprinkle them with olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh herbs and a tablespoon of sugar. Put them in the oven after dinner, at a 180 degree temperature or the lowest your oven goes, and let them slow roast overnight. Ten hours at least. They become a juicy version of sun dried tomatoes. Remove from the oven the next morning, put them on a sheet pan, freeze for a few hours, then remove from the pan and put them all in a Ziploc bag.
Pull them out and throw into pastas, salads, or any other dish during the winter for delicious tomatoes ripe from your summer’s garden.
Fun Facts on Tomatoes
- Tomatoes are the fruit of the tomato plant. They originated in the South American Andes around the area of modern day Peru and was first used as a food by the Aztec’s in Southern Mexico.
- China is the largest producer of tomatoes, accounting for one quarter of the worlds production in 2009. The United States and India and the second and third highest producers respectively.
- There are more than 7500 tomato varieties grown around the world.
- The biggest tomato fight in the world happens each year in the small Spanish town of Buñol. The festival called La Tomatina, involves some 40,000 people throwing 150,000 tomatoes at each other.
- As of 2013, the heaviest tomato according to Guinness World Record weighed 3.51 kg (7 lb 12 oz) and was grown by G. Graham in 1986, Oklahoma, USA.
- From Fun Tomato Facts for Kids