Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tomato Harvest

It's an exciting time in the garden when all your effort starts to pay off. The great thing about our tomato harvest this year was that it lasted so long. They started ripening slowly on 24th Jan but after the first fews days we were picking on average about 2kg (4lbs) of tomatoes every day. The harvest has lasted for about 8 weeks so far but it's slowed right down now. It was quite hard to keep up with at one point, but thankfully Izumi is very creative in the kitchen so she had many uses to put them to.

We found that in order to beat the birds we had to pick the fruit as soon as they started changing colour,  which meant I never got to take a photo of a mass of RED in the garden. We just left them in a bowl on the kitchen bench in the sun or on the window sill and they would be ripe the following day. The photo above shows an average days picking in the 2 bowls.

I grew to appreciate the small size of the main variety we grew as they were perfect for snacking on with a bit of cheese and an olive and on savory crackers too. They were just the right size and had such a beautiful tomato flavour. One one occasion at the beginning of the harvest we pigged-out on a whole bowl in one snack-sitting. But it didn't matter — there were hundreds still growing out in the garden.

Izumi made a really exotic Indian tasting relish with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, turmeric, chilli powder and ground coriander, which we shared with friends. Some of them liked it so much they asked for the recipe so they could make more of their own. The great thing about sharing it with friends was that before we knew it we got given stuff in return that our friends had made: Home made lemon honey, jams, feijoa chutney... It's been really great! I can see we're going to need more jars for next years crop now.


  1. Looks good Dave & the relish sounds nice. We have lots of relish & pasta sauce in our pantry now. We have no problems with the birds touching ours. They stay on the plant till they are nice & red.Nothing beats fresh homegrown tomatoes.

  2. It's been our best season for tomatoes yet. Izumi's done a great job in the kitchen. We froze a few bags of whole tomatoes too. None of it went to waste.