As we know, there are numerous tomato species of different types. Today we are going to talk about a type of giant tomato species that is usually surprising as soon as you see it. Its about pink tomato. It is a species that can perfectly approach the weight of other larger garden crops. It has its own unique characteristics, both in terms of appearance, texture and flavor. The best time to collect this variety is in summer.
In this article we are going to tell you what the pink tomato is like, where it is grown, what is its gastronomic value and what properties and benefits it has for health.
The pink tomato is considered a fruit. It is a variety of tomato that is grown in different areas of Spain and is quite peculiar for various reasons. It is usually cultivated in Barbastro, a town in the Sierra de Aragón. What stands out most at first glance is its size. Each unit weighs approximately 400 grams, although there are copies that weigh more. We are talking about a single tomato weighing almost half a kilo. Another of the characteristics for which the pink tomato stands out is its color. It is not pink itself, rather, it is a soft pinkish red color. It is much paler than the deep red that other tomato varieties have.
In addition, the shape is not so round but it has an irregular shape and the skin is very delicate and fine. It is for this reason that it is also known by the name of maiden skin tomato. On numerous occasions, during the harvesting of this tomato, scars can be observed on the surface of the specimen due to the end of the skin.
Pink tomato cultivation
Although we have mentioned that they have quite delicate skin, it is a fairly resistant type of vegetable. The mountains of Huesca, Huelva, Cantabria and Jaén are cultivated, and that gives it part of its uniqueness. To be able to grow and develop in good conditions It mainly needs a temperate climate that can have as much light as possible. Spring is the time of year that needs light the most in order to grow well. It needs a daily but controlled watering so as not to overdo the waterlogging of the soil. As for the soil, it must also be rich in nutrients for it to thrive. It does not tolerate poor soils that do not have sufficient organic matter content.
The pink tomato season begins with its planting in mid-March and is harvested in mid-summer. Although we can find the first specimens on the market in July, it is at the end of August and the beginning of September when the pink tomato has its best moment. In order to have a successful harvest of this type of tomatoes more demanding care is required than other varieties. Especially when it comes to irrigation, it is more demanding than other tomato varieties. And it is that they need a land that has enough moisture but that does not become flooded with an excess of water. The same goes for protection. As we have mentioned before, the skin of the pink tomato is too thin, so it is completely exposed to the attack of insects and birds. Thus, greater protection is needed since many of them the skin tears when they are very mature.
For this same reason, care must also be taken with the transport of the specimens and the handling. If at home we buy a pink tomato and do not consume it immediately, it must be placed in a cool and ventilated place that is not in the refrigerator. We must also avoid supporting it on baskets, irregular surfaces or with rods that can damage the fine and the one it has.
Gastronomic value of the pink tomato
We are going to see now what is its potential in gastronomy. The size of this variety of tomatoes is the one that attracts the most attention. It is a giant tomato with irregular shapes like scars. As we can see, the tomato is nothing like the more homogeneous varieties that we are used to. It can be said that there are people who think that at first glance it seems a rather ugly fruit. But what matters in gastronomy is not only the appearance, but the taste. The pink tomato has an extraordinary presence and flavor. A tomato slice of this class stands out in any first dish.
It has rounded edges, a color and a seed arrangement that add a good appearance to salads. The true value of the pink tomato was in the texture and flavor. We can say that the organoleptic properties are what make this specimen so famous. She can be counted on easily so her ability to work in the kitchen is high. It is also soft on the palate since it has little acidity and an enveloping aroma that emerges when we cut it and is reminiscent of authentic organic tomatoes of old.
It is an ideal variety to prepare salads, toasts and appetizers where you can appreciate certain characteristics and can show off all its organoleptic properties. We are going to give some tips to eat the pink tomato. Although only cut into slices with a pinch of salt it is completely delicious, you can add pieces of mozzarella and basil or combine it with fresh Burgos cheese and some anchovies. You can prepare some toasts with bonito and olive oil or prepare refreshing salmorejos and gazpachos full of flavor.
Properties and health benefits
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, it is a kind of tomato that also has very good health benefits. Tomato is a fruit that helps us hydrate ourselves during the summer season. It is very rich in beta carotene, which is a precursor of vitamin A. It is quite important for skin care and has nutritional properties beneficial to health as it is a contribution of potassium, vitamin C, is low in carbohydrates and calories and does not contain fat. This tomato can fit into almost any type of diet without counting its calories.
I hope that with this information you can learn more about the pink tomato and its characteristics.