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Posted on 24 October 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Tomato Taste Testing: Become a Tommelier

By Michelle Fabio

You’ve heard of certified wine experts called sommeliers, so why not tommeliers–professional tomato tasters?

Well as The Guardian reports, the UK has its first tommelier in Paolo Battistel, who consults for the Pizza Express chain.

Battistel grew up near Venice, Italy and learned everything he knows about tomatoes from (who else?) his grandmother.

Now he runs a so-called “tomato school” near Lake Garda in northern Italy with classes on growing tomatoes.

Battistel’s main advice to Pizza Express?

Every three months, buy a Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 02 May 2008 by tomatocasual.com

This Week in Tomatoes

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By Reggie Solomon

  • It’s spring, and Tomato Casual is growing. We’ve added some new features that you may have noticed. Next week, we’ll tell you how “Everything Tomato for People Who Love Tomatoes” is going to provide you with even more ways to connect with others who love tomatoes as much as you do!
  • Gayla Trail at You Grow Girl encourages lightly brushing your hands against tomato leaves to stimulate a growth hormone in the plant encouraging radial growth.
  • Horticulturist Leslie Finical Halleck at Grow Lively has luck germinating her tomato seeds outside after a torrential flood, hail storm and freeze.
  • Kate at The Root has success germinating Black Krim seeds after feeding the soil dried milk.

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