Even though we usually think tomato is a vegetable, it is a fruit. Plus, is one of the healthiest fruits that we have in our cuisine. It helps to improve sight, it helps with the digestive process, it avoids skin problems, it helps with diabetes and so much more. That’s why we show you four ways to eat tomato – you won’t be bored!

Raw tomato in your salad

It looks like the boring way, right? But who can find a tomato that actually tastes like tomato? On a very few occasions we can enjoy a freshly-picked tomato directly from the orchard. We show you the ‘tomate ibériko’, with a red strong colour, medium size and really robust – you will experiment a flavour intensity like you have never felt it before. They come from Almeria (Spain) and they have been cultivated after years of local seed selections.

Dehydrated tomato

You could add to homemade pizzas, to salads, to a spinach with pine nuts plate… Whatever you want. But, how do you dehydrate tomatoes? Take notes.

How to do it: Wash the tomatoes and dry them with a tea towel. Cut the tomatoes as you want. Add a pinch of salt and thyme, basil, oregano or the spices you like the most. Put them in the oven rack – already at 60 ºC. Leave them 4 to 7 hours. You should see is their texture gets hard and they aren’t sticky no more. Violà! You should conserve them in glass recipients with virgin olive oil and put them on the fridge.

Salmorejo

Summer is time for salmorejo – cold and fresh. Plus, is really easy to make it. You just need tomatoes, bread crumbs, olive, vinegar, garlic and salt. We don’t dare to give you the perfect recipe, because the key to make it is the own personality that every person put in it. You can add more bread crumbs, choose an especial vinegar or add more or less garlic. We let you decide, put on your apron and let’s cook!

Gazpacho

This plate is a little more complicated, but it is also really interesting because of its varieties.

Ingredients: 6 big and ripe tomatoes approximately, 2 green peppers, 1 red pepper, 1 cucumber, 1 onion, 2 slices of bread of the day before without the crust, or loaf pan without crust, salt, olive oil and vinegar.

How to do it: Cover the bread with water, salt, olive and let it steep. Peel and cut the tomatoes, the peppers, the cucumber, the onion and the garlic. Put all of them in the beater. Add the water, the bread, the vinegar and the salt. During the process, you should taste frequently in order to find the perfect taste. Finally, pureé them all. Put in on the fridge and drink it cold.

Samuel García

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