Heirloom Tomato and Corn Salad

If you love tomatoes like I do and have never had an Heirloom Tomato you are missing out. They are like the Royals Royce of tomatoes. The taste of these tomatoes as opposed to the standard ones most Americans consume, such as the hot house tomatoes that are usually artificially ripened. These heavily commercialized tomatoes don’t have much flavor. The ones on the vines have some flavor but not as much as the heirlooms, and do cost a bit more than the Romas and hot house tomatoes. Heirloom tomatoes aren’t cheap, but you can almost always find great deals on them at farmers markets.

An heirloom tomato is generally considered to be a variety that has
been passed down, through several generations of a family because of its valued characteristics. The following picture shows you many of the different varieties out there. The best quality they all have in common is flavor.

This dish is best made with fresh corn (especially during corn season during the summer) and of course heirloom tomatoes. You can use the tomatoes you generally can find in your local American grocery store to substitute for the heirlooms.

1/2 lb Heirloom tomatoes
2 sweet corns
¼ cup chopped cilantro
¼ cup chopped basil
2 tbs of fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped Greek feta cheese
Salt and pepper

Chop your tomatoes up into small bite size pieces. Cut the kernels from the corn and discard the cob.

In a large bowl add your tomatoes, corn, cilantro, basil, and lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste and then you are good to go. Enjoy it with some fresh lemonade and if you got the liver for it add some whisky to that (the lemonade that is)

TIP: At home, fully ripened tomatoes can be stored in the refrigerator, but are best kept in a cool place around 50 – 70 degrees (room temperature) and they will last about 5 days. Tomatoes that are stored in the refrigerator will still be edible but tend to lose flavor, so unless you have cut them open keep them out of the fridge.

You will notice after you finish this bowl of salad there will be a lot of juice left over, it goes well in a Micholada or straight up.

Tomatoes are very health for you and is considered one of the super foods people should eat on a regular basis. According to wikipedia.com, "A recent small scale study has indicated that tomato juice contains a factor (dubbed P3) that inhibits platelets in blood from clumping together and forming blood clots.The authors suggest this might be beneficial to diabetes sufferers. The actual effect of increased intake of tomato juice by diabetics has never been studied. Tomato juice also contains the antioxidant lycopene. Scientific studies have suggested that lycopene consumption may protect against prostate cancer, breast cancer, atherosclerosis, and coronary artery disease. Epidemiological research has also shown that lycopene may protect against breast cancer and myocardial infarction (heart attack)."

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