AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: A Salad to Stop Traffic DATE: 8/23/2009 08:23:00 PM ----- BODY:

Aunt Ruby's German Green: a sweet juicy tomato with a piquant bite. The heirloom is a large beefsteak type tomato that, when ripe, is a pale green color with a hint of yellow striping. The large tomato often weighs one pound or more. Aunt Ruby’s German Green has the wetness of a melon and can give a deep flavor explosion. It is generally used in salads, but is also a wonderful tomato to fry
(Description from Slow Food USA)

Yellow Star: this odd little joy is plain yellow to yellow-green, slightly flattened like a mini pumpkin, and with dimensions of 1 ½” or 2” and only about ¾” high. But what flavors! Tart and exciting, extraordinarily juicy, not for everyone’s palate, and with tropical nuances that no other tomato can approach. Best for salads.

Pruden’s Purple: really complex flavors, excellent texture, and only moderate acidity make this a worthy competitor to the venerable heirloom Brandywine. Pruden’s is a bright pink to mottled purple, often large, and nearly as funny looking as Cherokee Purple. It has such nuance and superior slicing texture that it remains a favorite, year after year.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Lori Lynn DATE:8/24/2009 12:52:00 AM I love this post. I am into names, especially my roses, but as late heirloom tomatoes too. It is neat that Whole Foods is now distinguishing them. Great title too.
LL ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:OpenID lydiatheperfectpantry DATE:8/24/2009 06:39:00 AM Those tomatoes look so juicy and delicious that they probably don't need much, if any, dressing for a salad. Are they from the farm, or from a farmers market? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Julia DATE:8/24/2009 09:44:00 AM LL - each tomato has such a unique flavor, I'm glad WF recognizes that too.

Lydia - They are from the farm! And you're right, hardly any dressing. Just a little olive oil, salt and a sprinkle of basil. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types DATE:8/24/2009 04:31:00 PM You're just trying to make me jealous .... ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Adventure Girl DATE:9/16/2009 08:40:00 PM Julia -- What a great post on salad. I have my summer tomatoes in the kitchen just waiting for salad or tart. Many thanks for the inspiration. ----- --------