By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
During Victorian times, tomatoes were referred to as “Love Apples.”
Why, I really do not know maybe it is due to some of the variety names or just the fact that they look like apples.
Regardless of the reason, tomatoes can be turned into your own love adornment for your love one with a little effort.
To begin this process, one must first get the perfect tomato. While I always like to buy in season and hyperlocally, I do consciously splurge during this season. Even though I am going outside my locality, I always look for organic tomatoes when possible.
These tomatoes must meet four criteria. They must not be too ripe, have a nice shade of red or pink, be large and round. Once I have found my perfect tomatoes, I begin the process of creating my own version of a “Love Apple.”
My “Love Apples” are really tomato roses. These lovely beauties are easy to make and look wonderful on a salad plate or a garnish. I have also used them to decorate cakes, pies, and even brownies. Believe it on not, tomato roses taste wonderful when they are combined with lemon pie.
To begin this process, one must first wash their produce. Allow the produce dry completely before moving on to the next step. After the tomato has dried, place the top of the tomato in the palm of ones non-dominant hand. Using a sharp knife, start to peel the tomato in a spiral format from the base of the tomato to the top.
Once you have peeled your tomato, place the strip on a cutting board with the flesh side up. Begin to roll the strip from the end that was the bottom of the tomato. This roll should be as tight as possible. Continue to roll until you get to the end of the strip. Once the end has been reached, place the closed end down on a plate and allow the rose to open up. Decorate with mint leaves.
Tomato roses are not long lasting so make and use the same day. Also, consider using other colors of tomatoes to create a “tomato rose bouquet.” Yellows, pinks, and bicolor tomatoes make a wonderful addition to red tomato roses. While the process above utilizes full sized tomatoes, consider using cherry tomatoes to create rosebuds or miniature tomato roses.
So until we blog again, offer your love one a unique bouquet that is edible and will save the day. By creating a “Love Apple” bouquet.