When I was growing up, one of Mom’s favorite movies (somewhat a family favorite) was Fried Green Tomatoes. I was a tomato fanatic even then, and the possibility of eating the things in the green state fascinated me. I hardly thought it was really possible.
Now that I’m growing my own, the thought crossed my mind a few times. What do they taste like? How do you make fried green tomatoes? Is it worth picking some early?
And then a potentially fortuitous thing happened. While pruning some of the tomato plants the other day, I pruned a bit too close to two large tomatoes. So close that the stem began to shred right there and the tomatoes’ weight began to strip the stalk. They were still in my hand, but I could see they were headed for the ground. So instead of letting nature take its course, I picked them. And there they sit on my counter to get just a little tiny bit riper before I see what I can do with them.
In the meantime, I found an interesting page at Allrecipes.com. The page gives not only a recipe for how to fry the tomatoes, but also a whole slew of interesting things one can do with tomatoes at this stage! I’m very excited… and can’t wait to try this!