When I was younger, I had subscriptions to the sorts of magazines that had personality tests for everything — “What Kind of Girlfriend Are You?”, “Are You a Pushover?”, etc. — but my favorites by far were the ones whose purpose was to determine the best perfume for me. I never ended up with the right scents (I loathe patchouli) but the results never bothered me because I’ve always known what my favorite fragrance is: tomatoes on the vine.
They smell so amazing, don’t they, tomatoes and their plants? Spicy and peppery, they just typify summer to me, and their presence in my kitchen is something I look forward to all year. Of course, the summer of 2009 is going to be one of fresh, local tomato shortages, a direct result of the late blight.
Completely aggressive and destructive, the blight has almost totally annihilated The Food Project‘s potato and tomato crop — though, apparently, the Colorado Potato Beetle had already taken out a lot of the plants out in Lincoln. We’ve been promised green tomatoes in the near future, and while I am excited to receive some sort of tomato, and even though I keep on thinking about gift horses and mouths, I kind of just want a proper red tomato. I don’t think stamping my foot is going to get me far, so I’ll just settle for what was in our box this week:
- Asian eggplant
- Collard greens
- Green beans
- Green garlic
- New potatoes
- Salad mix
- Spicy salad mix with arugula and mizuna
These three tomatoes, dewy with condensation from the humidity in the air, were like treasure to me — which is why I ate them over the sink, raw, their juices running down my chin and wrists. If I could have, I would’ve figured out a way to savor them more, especially considering these will most likely be the final burst of tomato-y-ness I’ll experience for a while… which is why I took a snapshot. You know what they say: pictures last longer.