What's in season: heirloom tomatoes
Heirloom tomatoes don't look like regular tomatoes and they don't taste regular tomatoes. In fact, they taste better.Unlike the mass-market varieties of tomatoes you'll find in most supermarkets, these shockingly flavorful fruits haven't been bred with uniformity, transport or shelf-life in mind. Instead, the farmers harvesting each distinctively colored, oddly shaped, heirloom tomato focus only on flavor. "They have a lot of flavor," said Alex Maxwell, of Maxwell's Farm in Warren County, New Jersey. "They are more interesting visually — and they have a juicier taste." Two particularly tasty varieties of heirlooms are great white tomatoes, which offer a juicy, sweet taste, and Japanese black tomatoes, which boast a strong, rich flavor. You can use these tomatoes — which are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants — in any recipe that calls for tomatoes, from soups and salads to salsas and sauces. The only problem with heirloom tomatoes is that they aren't around for long. Stock up on fresh heirlooms at specialty groceries and farmers markets around the city for about $4 per pound.