Garden Goodness: What Should Be Done With Our Very First Ripe Tomato of the Season?

Remember when we showed you the crazy explosion of activity on our container tomato plant? Well, one tomato at least has reached its perfect peak.

...oh wait! Here's another:

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And hiding away in the very middle, coyly tucked between branches and still-green baby tomatoes, one more perfectly red specimen.

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What should we do with our very first little tomatoes? Should we eat them straight up? Pair them with fresh basil and cheese? What would you do with your first tomatoes? Is there any special ceremony appropriate to the occasion?

Related: Look! Something's Happening On Our Tomato Plant

(Images: Faith Hopler)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.