Love Apples

love ap·ple

Noun – an old-fashioned term for a tomato.

Synonyms – tomato

I love my tomato plant.

I love the way the leaves smell like fresh, green aromatherapy.

I love how sweet and tender the little, yellow flowers look before they morph into baby tomatoes.

I love how I never put a stake in it and it is turning into a clinging vine, with stalks and leaves taking over one entire side of my balcony railing.

I love watching the rows of tiny, bright green globes turn into juicy, red, ripe tomatoes.

I love how there are currently over fifty “love apples” growing on my plant.

I love how my plant has proven wrong everyone who said I couldn’t grow tomatoes on a Northeast balcony.

I love everything about my tomato plant.

Now it’s time to start harvesting my lovely plant so I asked Chef Pedro (my advisor on all things food related) for his best kick-ass salsa recipe and here it is:

Mango and Love Apple Salsa

  • 40 cherry tomatoes, from the garden, diced
  • 1 mango, diced
  • ¼ med. red onion, finely diced
  • 1 med yellow pepper finely diced
  • ½ squeeze fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbs. fresh cilantro
  • ¼ tsp. chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp. fresh garlic, diced
  • a few pinches sea salt
  • Fresh pepper

Add tortilla chips, margaritas, a couple of friends and you have the ingredients for a really great Friday night!



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