• Local Mo Bettah!
Shin explains that local tomatoes are fresher and more nutritious: “It’s four days from our farm to grocery store shelves. The tomatoes that come from the Mainland are at least another week older.”
• Color Matters
How to select a great tomato according to Shin: “Deep color, whether it’s red, orange, or purple. Deep color is all about flavor and means the tomato is going to be more ripe. There should be no blemishes on the skin. And make sure it looks firm.”
• Personal Fave
Shin shares, “I am a cherry girl! Cherry tomatoes are my favorite because I like that they’re sweet and tart and juicy, and have the true tomato flavor.”
• How You Eat Them
“Just fresh! I also like cherry tomatoes in green papaya salad. We start with two to three chili peppers and pound them up with a piece of garlic. We put in lime juice, sugar and fish sauce. My mom will put long beans in, too. Then shredded papaya, cherry tomatoes and mix it all up. My mom tops it with peanuts.”
Check out our Toy Box Tomato Salad recipe below for another great way to eat local Ho Farms tomatoes!