Marinda tomatoes

The tomato of god!

The world is full of wonders, most of which you will never discover. When you have had Isle of Wight and San Marzano tomatoes you think you have done ‘tomatoes’. Then you try Sicilian Marinda tomatoes and the world will never be the same again.

These tomatoes are from the Pachino region of Sicily and are harvested between February and May and for this reason they are known as winter tomatoes. We are told it is the water and salty soil of the region that gives them a flavour and texture rarely matched by other tomatoes. I do not know if it is the water and salty soil, but I have never eaten tomatoes of such amazing character. I will never be able to look any other tomato in the eye again!



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