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What Are Kumato, or Brown, Tomatoes?

You Say Tomato, I Say Kumato

Meet the Kumato: it's my new favorite food item from Trader Joe's. I know it's not exactly tomato season, but I discovered them while I was shopping for tomatoes to put into my beloved roast beef sandwich.

Brown tomatoes? I wondered as I inspected the label. They had an intriguing greenish-reddish tinge to them, and at less than $4 for five, I couldn't resist taking a few home. They turned out incredibly succulent, with an herbaceous aroma and a rich, sweet, earthy flavor.

The odd-looking variety was developed by Syngenta several years ago. It's got a higher sugar content than most tomatoes and a durable, thick skin that doesn't bruise easily and gives the tomatoes a longer shelf life. It's now grown across Europe, as well as in Canada and Mexico. While I try not to eat tomatoes outside of the Summer season, I have a new go-to when it's unavoidable, and that's the Kumato tomato. It'd be delicious (and beautiful) in a Caprese salad or bruschetta with other red and yellow oranges. Have you ever tried a brown tomato?

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chloroplast chloroplast 4 years
I bought a row for $3.49/lb yesterday and am enjoying them on top of a stuffed portabella tonight. They are fantastic! The best in any season where I am unless you grow them yourself. 15 for a dollar eh? if you can get even the lowest grade tomato for less than $1.99 lb you are lucky.
zeze zeze 5 years
5 for $4?!! At my local grocery store they are selling them 15 for $1! I love them, so pretty and delicious on French bread with a little feta and olive oil.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Ooooh. Must try! :feedme:
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
Yes -- I second that @madariaga5. These tomatoes are great with a little salt and a drizzle of finishing olive oil.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 5 years
I have! I grow 6 different types of maters every year. My Yellow Boys made some tasty hot sauce along with my Red Cherry Bomb peppers and tequila!
madariaga5 madariaga5 5 years
I also found them at Trader Joes, and I love them as an afternoon snack with some salt and pepper.
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