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Tomatoes that taste like bloody tomatoes!

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holdupwaitamin Wed 29-May-19 13:52:40

Here I am in sunny sunny Greece and literally eating Greek salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Why why why can't we get tomatoes that are this tomatoey and delicious in the uk?! (Ok I know it's probably something to do with shit sunshine and air miles yadda yadda)

Also. Tomatoes in Greek salad are peeled!
I am going to attempt to recreate this dish when I'm home. Can someone point me to where I might be able to get tomatoes that are DECENT LOVELY AND TOMATOEY pls??

Ps. I am currently fuelled by cocktails so am happy to pay over the odds in my quest for tomatoey goodness

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ZoeOutdoors Wed 29-May-19 14:18:27

Tomatoes are the only thing I buy Tesco finest. The picolo ones actually have flavour.

Snipples Wed 29-May-19 14:28:13

Keeping them room temperature before you serve them helps. Once in the fridge they lose flavour. Agree with PP about piccolo tomatoes or on the vine for the best flavour.

Bluesheep8 Wed 29-May-19 19:25:37

And just pour boiling water over them to peel. When safe to handle, the skin just slips off in one piece

holdupwaitamin Wed 29-May-19 20:16:27

Perfect. I shall only buy finest toms from now on.
I'm out to go get some dinner and harass a waiter for the dressing recipe for Greek salad.

Simple things smile

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TheAngryLlama Wed 29-May-19 20:19:58

I get good ones in my local farm shop but that probably doesn’t help you.
In the supermarket, Waitrose red choice or jack Hawkins are not bad.

managedmis Wed 29-May-19 20:21:52

I was gonna say you need to eat toms that have been grown in the sunshine, those are the best ones!

Tomatoes, hunks of local bread, local cheese, wine. DONE.


gubbsywubbsy Wed 29-May-19 20:26:19

Same as pp I only buy finest tomatoes as the cheap ones taste of nothing ..Tesco finest are Lovely and worth the money !!

easycookedmeals Wed 29-May-19 23:15:49

The problem with the tomatoes in the UK is that they are grown as fast as they can mostly using chemicals that is why they taste different compared to other parts of the world. Your best bet is to buy organic they taste a lot better compared to the standard tomatoes from uk supermarkets. Somewhere like riverford farms may sell them and they deliver aswell.

Landfilly Thu 30-May-19 13:13:52

Grow your own

They are only decent here August and September

Room temp as pp said

Falafel19 Thu 30-May-19 13:24:22

Salad tomatoes are always awful. I only buy vine ripened cherry tomatoes, only ones that tastes right.

Longdistance Thu 30-May-19 13:36:11

Yep. Grow your own. My fil grows tomatoes. They are amazing!
I’m convinced all the travel those tomatoes do, they lose their flavour on the way 🤷🏼‍♀️

TarragonSauce Thu 30-May-19 17:17:19

Thanet Earth tomatoes are very good. Their greenhouses are amazing. I believe they supply Tesco finest all the way from Margate!
The best English outdoor tomato is the one picked off your own tomato plant at the end of a long sunny day but whatever the source keep them out of the fridge. And keep the rock salt grinder handy.

orangeshoebox Thu 30-May-19 17:22:17

yes to room temp.
also go for heritage varieties if you can. they might look funny (sometimes not even red) but have lots more flavour.

BeckyAnnLeeman Thu 30-May-19 17:22:35

I love the Santini tomatoes from M&S.

Stripyhoglets Thu 30-May-19 17:36:54

Organic ones taste like proper tomatoes. There's a horrible taste to others- probably due to the chemical fertilizers used to grow them.

palahvah Thu 30-May-19 17:40:30

Lidl tomatoes on the vine.
Or farmers' market
Or grow your own

Fairylea Thu 30-May-19 17:45:30

Another vote for Tesco finest - I think the sugardrop ones are the best but piccolo ones are nice too. They’re the only ones that ever taste of anything!

TheFlis12345 Thu 30-May-19 18:40:55

You really get what you pay for with tomatoes, always vine ripened and heritage varieties where possible. Sniff the pack before you buy them! If they don’t smell like a lovely greenhouse full of tomatoes then they don’t taste of anything.

Nat6999 Thu 30-May-19 18:51:04

Sainsbury's taste the difference tomatoes are always lovely, I use the sundream ones in salads, they taste & smell like they have just come out of the greenhouse.

KTD27 Thu 30-May-19 18:55:50

Yes to the M&S tomatoes! Also nigella’s Greek salad recipe has a good dressing!

ShagMeRiggins Thu 30-May-19 19:00:14

holdupwaitamin we are all awaiting the waiter’s dressing recipe for Greek salad..

origamiunicorn Thu 30-May-19 19:02:43

Yes! I swear when I was younger they had a warm earthy smell and taste to them, now they just taste like water. I think it's the way they've been bred/grown commercially over the years to increase size and firmness or whatever but to the detriment of the taste.

origamiunicorn Thu 30-May-19 19:03:31

* I think the sugardrop ones are the best but piccolo ones are nice too. They’re the only ones that ever taste of anything!*

Agree we get both of these.

isthatabloborwhat Thu 30-May-19 19:04:28

I put them on a sunny windowsill to ripen properly, that helps.

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