British Tomato Fortnight is starting from the Monday 20th May until 2nd June 2019
It’s British Tomato Fortnight from 20th May – 2 June 2019 a time to celebrate all that is glorious about our wonderful British tomatoes, fresh, tasty and healthy containing vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, and natural pigments, making a delicious natural snack which not only tastes great, but is also good for you!
British tomato crops are grown in glasshouses, protected from the cold and able to soak up the sunshine and as British growers supply the ‘local market’ that means the tomatoes stay on the plant for longer, develop the best flavour and are as fresh as they can be. British tomato growers use natural means of pest and disease control as well as employing some two million bumblebees a year to pollinate their tomato crops.
Starting back in 2004 (when it was then British Tomato Week) the BTGA has been involved in a multitude of events from space hopper races outside the Palace of Westminster, as well as serving fresh British tomatoes to the MPs inside the House of Commons; Cordon Bleu cookery schools; sponsored runs dressed as a tomato; in-store tastings and competitions; nursery visits; numerous radio interviews and always producing exciting new recipes which are available on our website. This year we have gone a step further and created four stop motion recipe videos illustrating some quick and easy tomato meals (scroll down to see them all).
So why buy British?
Buying British isn’t just about supporting local growers it also means you are buying the freshest and tastiest tomatoes available and it’s good to know that when you buy something from your supermarket or greengrocer you are getting exactly what you want. We don’t want you to buy them just because they are British but because, like us, you think they are the best.
Top tip: never put your tomatoes in the fridge #fridgesdoflavoursnofavours
Did You Know?
In the UK, we eat 6oz (160g) of fresh tomatoes per person per week. This is the equivalent of two classic British tomatoes per week, or more than 100 per year - very low compared with other European countries, especially those in the Mediterranean region.