Garden Thyme-Salsa As An Art Form

Summertime means fresh salsa time. For me, that means an explosion of color, texture, and taste that blows my taste buds away. Yes, I consider fresh salsa making an art form.
 
Fiesta Salsa Recipe:
 
2 large or 3 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1 jalapeno chile, diced
2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
 

Combine in a bowl and let “meditate” in the fridge for a while.

Here are the players in this photo (type of ingredients, such as tomatoes, peppers, and onions change depending on what Michael brings in and what I feel the dish should look like). I have also added where Michael bought the seeds and extra info we can give you. 



Tomatoes


I used three different types of tomatoes in this salsa; a green, pink and orange.

  • Granny Smith-this heirloom-type tomato is actually a hybrid from Totally Tomatoes. It is green like a Granny Smith apple and is crunchy like an apple. It lent a good surprise texture to the dish.  
  • Persimmon-this is a beautiful orange hued, large heirloom tomato from Territorial Seed Company. Lovely flavor.
  • Pink Beauty-this is a rosie-hued tomato. It is a hybrid but with many heirloom characteristics from Johnny’s Selected Seeds: soft skin, real tomato flavor.

Everything Else
 
  • Red Zeppelin Onion-a beautiful deep purple onion from Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
  • Green Onions (bunching onions)-Nabechan from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. This variety is the nicest bunching, early Spring onion we’ve grown. Very good taste.
  • Jalapeño pepperEl Jefe from Johnny’s Selected Seeds-I noticed that the pic on Johnnys shows a green pepper. They do turn red if you wait longer and makes for a brighter dish. 
 
So this is the recipe for now. Michael grew 27 different varieties of tomatoes this year–some heirlooms, some hybrids–each carefully selected for FLAVOR potential. Some time I hope to give you list of our favorite, best-tasting tomatoes.


Who knows what the ingredients will be next week! Happy gardening and good eating!

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