British Tomato Week
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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.
Tweeting Tomato Growers:
#britishtomatoweek was the trend to follow this year!
On the 19th of May the sun shone across the UK and the Tomato Growers Association started the celebration of its 10th British Tomato Week. The sunshine unfortunately was short lived, however, once it's under way nothing can dampen the British Tomato Growers' spirits!
The week was launched with a very special event, the opening of a brand new state of the art glasshouse in Evesham. The new glasshouse, named FREDA, is the latest addition to the R&L Holt family run business and is situated at Sandylands Nurseries. FREDA is an 8500m² ultra-modern glasshouse with a diffused glass roof, inter-lighting with LEDs, and an energy efficient CHP unit. The site also boasts an annex with dispatch area and office suite.
The official opening was attended by over fifty guests from the local Mayor and prospective MP, to a number of other key UK growers supporting this investment in the industry.
London was certainly 'reddy' for tomato week, Chefs in the House of Commons were cooking up a storm with fresh British tomatoes and created a fantastic display in the Debate Cafeteria where the Association met various members of the House.
A few miles up the Thames tomatoes were a key part of the medal winning NFU stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where they were displayed by everyone from our own members to a couple of new recruits: Alan Titchmarsh and Owen Patterson the Secretary of State himself.
Whilst fresh tomatoes made an early morning appearance at Broadcasting House, radio and TV stations from BBC Radio Scotland down to BBC South Coast Radio people were talking tomatoes! On ITV's Lorraine programme Celebrity Chef, Dean Edwards, created a delicious tomato tart for British Tomato Week.
Away from the corridors of power, everyone was able to enjoy fresh British tomatoes at selected tasting events around the country; shoppers were urged to look out for the British Tomato Week stickers on packs in store, whilst children in various schools received tomato tasters. During the week #britishtomatoweek trended on Twitter, the TGAs own site doubled in followers, and thousands visited the TGA website.
TGA Secretary, Julie Woolley said "In March this year we were delighted to win the Best Consumer Marketing Campaign at the prestigious national Grower of the Year Awards and a huge part of our consumer marketing activity takes place during British Tomato Week. It is the support from our member's which makes this event so successful, whether it is covering a radio interview, driving fruit to Central London at 1am, hosting a charity event on their nursery, or wearing a tomato costume in Westminster, TGA members always deliver, just like British tomatoes do!"