Tomato of the Day: Juliet

published Aug 14, 2014
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Juliets are a hardy variety of tomato, which means they are more resistant to cracking, and the fruits remain strong on the vine much longer than other varietals of tomatoes this size.

Also known as mini-Romas because of their shape, Juliets are technically a cross between a cherry and plum tomato. Straight off the vine, the Juliet varietal has a distinctly floral taste and smell.

Juliets carry some sweetness, though not as much as Sungolds. Juliets can stand up to strong flavors, making them ideal for maximalist tomato salads like this. Or sliced in half and slow-roasted, they are the perfect tomato for roasted tomato pesto.

Or make chopped guacamole: Halve one pint Juliets, and chop two avocados into one-inch cubes. Add half a cup diced red onion, the juice of one lime, a tablespoon of olive oil, a teaspoon of coarse salt, and minced jalapeno or cilantro for added flavor.

All featured tomatoes come from Tomato Mountain Farm. Tomato Mountain is a certified organic farm in Brooklyn, Wisconsin. In addition to growing tomatoes, the 12-acre farm runs a home-delivery CSA to Chicago-area residents for 42 weeks of the year.