I look forward to this time of year like you would not believe. I love tomatoes. And, after a few disappointments in the garden this year, I have really been looking forward to a stellar tomato crop. My fingers are crossed. The tomatoes are just starting to come and while some of them are lovely, some of them look like this:
It appears to be Blossom End Rot. Thankfully, it's not contagious. From what I've read, it occurs when the calcium levels in the soil are too low and/or watering is too inconsistent. I don't know about our calcium levels. Inconsistent watering? Yep. That sounds like our poor tomatoes' plight. Between drought conditions and our attempts to douse them to keep them alive, I'm sure their water levels have not been consistent. They've been anything but.
Our hope is that since it's begun to rain regularly again that things will even out a bit. Here's to hoping that we won't lose many more and to not having rotten bottoms ourselves.
Assuming we get that stellar crop (eventually), I have a whole list of things I want to do with my tomatoes. Last summer I wrote this series of posts on what you can do with your tomatoes- there are eight recommendations in all. I'm going to be taking my own advice and work my way through that list.
Last night I made Tomato Pie. It's recommendation #7. I had really missed it.
Also, pop over here to make this easy and delicious recipe. Everyone loved it at our house.
What are your favorite ways to eat or preserve tomatoes? I don't want to be missing anything.
I've waited a long time for these beauties, rotten bottoms and all.