When you look at how many world cuisines that celebrate the tomato it’s hard to believe there was a time when tomatoes only existed in Meso-America.
The name tomato comes from the Meso-American word xitomatl. Although most Spanish-speaking countries call them ‘tomates‘, in Mexico they call them jitomates based on the indigenous name.
Brown tomatoes in a market went into a special Spanish salad just for me (Santiago de Compostela, Spain).
Bags of green tomatoes on a boat on Inle Lake, Myanmar.Cherry tomatoes at the Portland Farmer’s Market, Oregon.
Sculpted tomato for our Halong Bay lunch, Vietnam. Indian fried daal with tomato. Having Tomates aux Crevettes Grises at De Panne, Belgium.
Salsa Martajada de Mexico
This red salsa is ‘crushed’ with a traditional Mexican mortar and pestle called a molcajete, made from volcanic rock. This method results in a coarse salsa, as opposed to the puree you might get from using a blender.
- In our class we lightly charred jitomates, chopped onion, garlic and a few jalapeños in a hot dry pan, and then ground them in a molcajete, a traditional Meso-American mortar and pestle made from coarse volcanic rock.
- ‘salsa martajada‘: ground jalapeño and tomato salsa, for dipping your molotes in.
- More on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Two Ts in the Word.
- More on Travelling in Mexico and its Cuisine.
Now you got me hungry!
Me too, I’m running out and buying some tomatoes right now – thinking tacos with salsa cruda…
I never thought of tomato….wonderful photos and word for this week.
There’s potato too!
I never gave tomato or potato a thought, either. Great images and an enjoyable zip around the world. Gosh, I’ve got to go make myself a tomato sandwich, right now. Might try making that tomato flower first. 🙂
I see food; I want food… Looks like I’m not the only! A tomato sandwich sounds good
It was, but trying to make the flower with a cherry tomoto was hard.
I can imagine – maybe wait until summer when the full-sized tomatoes are more readily available!
I had some full-sized ones, but the smaller ones were left over from Christmas. I’m in Australia, so we get vine tomatos most of the year – if we want to pay for them. 🙂