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You Say Tomato, I Say Delicious

tomatoAmericans love tomatoes. Sliced, in a sandwich, simmered in sauces, crushed into ketchup, served in a salad: In all, according to the USDA, we consume some 25 billion pounds of them annually–and I can proudly claim to have done my part to contribute to those impressive numbers.

For the past 10 years, my husband, Rick, and I have grown bushels of tomatoes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. And not just your time-honored red beefsteaks, but tasty plum, cherry; and grape varieties whose hues rival the rainbow and then some. Every year Rick and I compare the varieties in the company of tomato-growing friends and taste our way to the most flavorful few. Those we’ve grown are included in our tomato showdown: an annual event of 38 colorful varieties of tomatoes lined up side by side and compared in a blind taste test.

Each of the panelist presenters–12 of us total–bring baskets filled with their garden’s best–hundreds in all. We

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