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I love tomatoes. Did you know that when the tomato was first introduced in Europe they called it the “love apple“? The rumor was that it was an aphrodisiac but I’m not sure that’s really true. I like how it was referred to as an apple because I often eat my tomatoes like an apple. In college it used to gross my friends out but I was happy to just grab the salt and my “love apple” and head out to the porch.

I still do this but now that I’m planning on growing my own I want to stock up on recipes that include this supposed aphrodisiac! I’m even more motivated to grow my own after learning that most tomatoes are picked green and then treated with ethylene gas that cause them to turn red but not ripe. They’re not as nutritious and they taste horrible but how can I tell at a grocery store? Thank goodness I am getting dirty this spring and growing my own.

Here’s one delicious recipe that I’ve adapted from my local CSA that I hope you enjoy:

Baked Tomatoes with Olive Oil

16 Plum Tomatoes
4  Tablespoons of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6  Tablespoons of Raw Sugar

Brush the tomatoes with the organic olive oil and set in a lightly oiled glass casserol dish. Bake for 4 hours at 225 degrees. Sprinke with the raw sugar and raise the heat to 325 degrees for 30 minutes to caramelize the tomatoes.

I like to serve these with steaks on the grill and fresh home made garlic bread with red wine to wash it all down.

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  1. Thank you very much for taking the time to post this. Everyone should know about these things. I enjoy learning new things so I subscribe to blogs like yours. Frances

  2. I so wish I could grow all sorts of things, but we live in an apartment and are moving accross the country (Canada) in September. However, my husband bought me an indoor hydroponic garden grower thingy and I’ve been growing fresh herbs and have now started plum tomatoes and green chilis. I’m excited to make salsa! This could be an option for apartment livers or for people who want to grow year round.

  3. I’m definitely not a tomato fan but I wish I was.. it’d make eating healthier a lot easier. I do however love pasta sauce and have considered growing tomatoes just so I can make my own from scratch. We’re planting a garden this year too. We’re growing watermelon, cucumbers, green onions, red onions, chives, sugar snap peas, carrots.. and lots more. I’m definitely looking forward to having some chemical-free fruits and veggies.

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  4. Oh, and while I’m here I wanted to tell you congratulations on making the Nielsen Power Moms list! 🙂 You also have a really great looking website. I love what your designer did with this.

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  5. When I have a ton of tomatos I like to make gazpacho soup. Excellent on hot summer days.

    More useless tomato triva. In Elizabeathan England, the Love Apple was also thought to be poisonous. It wasn’t until a male noble (can’t remember the name) ate one in front of court on a dare and didn’t die that they decided it was OK to eat them.

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  6. we eat so many tomatoes in our home, i often think about growing my own, among other garden yummies. i am worried how to do this living in the desert though???? good luck growing your love apples 🙂

  7. I love eating ‘love apples’ the same as you…a pinch of celtic sea salt and eat them like an apple!
    I have 3 tomato plants on my patio container garden so I can walk out there, grab one and eat (though I’m still fasting) but normally I can do that! LOL
    ENJOY!!!!!

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