British Tomato Week
Meet the growers
Know your Tomatoes
These are the familiar, round variety and are the most popular type of tomato. They are good for salads, grilling, baking or frying and used as a cooking ingredient for soups and sauces.
Cherry and cocktail tomatoes
These are much smaller than the traditional classic tomato. Cherry tomatoes are the smallest and cocktail tomatoes slightly larger. Both are very sweet and have a concentrated flavour. Most cherry tomatoes are red, but golden, orange and yellow varieties are also available.
Plum and baby plum tomatoes
These have a distinctive oval shape. Their flesh is firm and they have less liquid in the centre. The smallest, baby plum types are sometimes called miniplum and slightly larger ones midiplum.
These are larger than the traditional round tomato. Their size and shape make them excellent for stuffing and baking whole. There is a range of beef tomatoes available, varying in their shape and texture.
Vine or Truss tomatoes
These may be of any of the varieties but are marketed still attached to the fruiting stem.
British Tomato Week 2013 - Helping ensure every week is a tomato week!
There are some things that the weather simply cannot spoil and British Tomato Week 2013 has definitely been one of those! Despite the cool temperatures the airwaves where hot. The Association's Phil Morley and Julie Woolley reached over 2 million listeners in radio interviews, and the associations website had record hits as did its twitter feed @britishtomatoes, the talk was all certainly about tomatoes last week!
Plenty of charity events took place during the week from a British tomato garden party in West Sussex to a hog roast lunch in Teesside and several schools took part in 'tomato days'. Using the TGA's education website www.thetomatozone.co.uk the teachers helped pupils learn about British tomatoes and also cook some delicious tomato recipes. Other lucky children in Cardiff and on the Isle of Wight were treated to a nursery tour. From Norfolk to the North West there was an abundance of in-store events and nursery tours and with people dancing around the aisles in tomato costumes, customers couldn't help but smile!
The TGA reported more retailer support than ever, stickers bearing the distinctive British Tomato Week logo appeared on shelves right across the country. Association Chairman Nigel Bartle commented "Support from the retailers has been superb and we must offer a big vote of thanks to all those backing the week".
By special request once again TGA were at the centre of Government supplying fresh British tomatoes to the restaurants in the House of Commons so when the Speaker shouted "order", it was probably for Steamed fillet of haddock with a tomato, olive and caper sauce or maybe Piri-Piri pork with a spicy tomato sauce.
TGA Technical Officer, Dr Philip Morley, said "with a new found passion for local produce, British Tomato Week is a celebration of the British tomato and a reminder to shoppers that not just this week, but every week for the rest of the growing season is a great time to enjoy locally produced British Tomatoes, not just because they are British rather because they are the best. The tomatoes are grown using sustainable and environmentally friendly production methods, and the British growers focus on a high quality product, bursting with flavour. British Tomato Growers really are creating an iconic product".
In 2014 the TGA will be celebrating ten years of British Tomato Week and already have some exciting plans in the pipe line, we hope however tomato week 2013 has kick started the summer to ensure every week is a Tomato Week!