Tomatoes and peaches, peaches and tomatoes — they go hand in hand this time of year, and in more ways than one. Did you know that there is such thing as a "peach tomato"? Indeed there is, and one variety was my own sweet surprise of a favorite this summer.
Some strains of tomatoes develop a very soft fuzz, rather like a peach. The Wapsipinicon Peach is one of these, and I put it in my tomato garden this year. It bore fruit profusely, clustered up and down the height of the plant. These tomatoes were small, just enough to eat in two or three bites, and as they ripened they blushed coral pink at top and bottom. But they are predominately pale yellow — and very, very sweet. They are low in acidity, with a fresh, sweet tang.
And yes, they are a bit fuzzy! This fuzz is not so distracting as it can be on a peach, however, and the tomatoes' skins were very thin. The gentle fuzz is just enough to make these appealingly soft to the touch.
These are not necessarily the tomatoes I would want to preserve; I think their bright sweetness is best eaten fresh. They make a nice complement to the dark, rich Black Krims I grow, and to more acidic yellow and orange tomatoes. They are beautiful in salads, drizzled with just a bit of olive oil and sprinkled with chopped basil.
Did you grow or eat any peach tomatoes this year? What was your favorite tomato of summer 2011?
(Image: Faith Durand)