Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Alien Tomato

Pregnant with Strawberry

freaky picture photograph of an oddball tomato

Well, it's not really a strawberry, but it was a surprise. When I cut into this tomato I heard a hollow ignoral instead of a juicy squeal. I looked inside and saw the unusual strawberry-like growth clinging to the core. I couldn't eat it, could I now?





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Alien Tomato

24 Comments:

  • At 15/8/06 07:42, Blogger Bonnie said…

    Did you at least have a nibble? I wonder if it tasted like a strawberry or a tomato?

     
  • At 15/8/06 07:46, Blogger wheresmymind said…

    Ohh...now that looks so interesting, could it have concentrated flavor???

     
  • At 15/8/06 07:51, Anonymous ann said…

    wow! just goes to show you how closely tomatoes and peppers really are (all being members of the nightshade family and such)

     
  • At 15/8/06 08:18, Blogger Joy said…

    That is AWESOME.

     
  • At 15/8/06 08:44, Anonymous kudzu said…

    At first I thought you were playing around, manipulating images. What a great find!

    And I must admit that I learned a new word from you: ignoral. It's a good one.

     
  • At 15/8/06 10:14, Anonymous Jennifer said…

    That is such a gorgeous picture on so many levels... the outer skin of the tomato, the color of the inside cavity, the "strawberry"... really beautiful.

    So what *did* you do with it?

     
  • At 15/8/06 11:09, Blogger Jennifer said…

    I should cook more to witness freaky fruit-vegetables myself!

     
  • At 15/8/06 11:42, Blogger shuna fish lydon said…

    Hmmmm Strange! Did you bring it back to the farmer to make an inquiry?

    Proof that nature is better than fiction.

     
  • At 15/8/06 12:17, Anonymous Tana said…

    Heh, Sam, I just published photos of tomatoes with, er, appendages on my site:

    http://smallfarms.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/img_0216.jpg

    I have gotten a few of those hollow tomatoes myself. I felt cheated!

     
  • At 15/8/06 12:18, Anonymous Tana said…

    Link to tomatoes, whoopsies!

     
  • At 15/8/06 12:44, Blogger ParisBreakfasts said…

    WHOA ! THis reminds me of those photos of a bunny and a cat cuddling up together...

     
  • At 15/8/06 14:04, Anonymous Kimmmie said…

    Simply beautiful! I agree, how could you possibly eat it?!

     
  • At 15/8/06 22:12, Blogger anni said…

    Curious to know, what variety was this? I'm taking a wild guess, as a really ripe Green Zebra?

    Heck, I not shy to say, would have stuffed it with chevre, toasted pignoli, some fresh herbs and gone to town. No knife or fork needed.

    Nice visual!

    Tootles,
    Anni :-)

     
  • At 15/8/06 23:58, Blogger David said…

    freaky!

     
  • At 16/8/06 03:38, Blogger LeeLoreya said…

    wow

    you should sell it on ebay, heh.

     
  • At 16/8/06 04:10, Blogger jenjen said…

    this looks unearthly, but beautiful!

     
  • At 16/8/06 07:33, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is known as a "stuffing tomato". Seeds are sold by several companies - Burpee sells a beautiful yellow one.

    Joey Z

     
  • At 16/8/06 08:21, Blogger Elise said…

    What a gorgeous photo. I love the colors. Idea for a photo event - mutant fruit.

     
  • At 16/8/06 08:49, Blogger JAM*tacular said…

    Woah. That is wild.

    :) Mikaela

     
  • At 16/8/06 08:59, Anonymous bea at La Tartine Gourmande said…

    Really? Wow, great photo!

     
  • At 16/8/06 15:09, Anonymous Peabody said…

    That is an incredibly wonderful photo...you have got to love nature and what she gives us.

     
  • At 16/8/06 15:23, Blogger Pille said…

    That looks weird!!! How did it taste like? I does look like a strawberry inside a bell pepper - most unusual..

     
  • At 17/8/06 11:02, Anonymous sam said…

    Bonnie - I caved in and tried it - it tasted like a [very good] tomato.

    wmm - it wasn'tconcentrated but the seeds perfectly encapsulated the flavour of tomato.

    ann - good point - I didnt think of that.

    joy - I am sorry I have already eaten it otherwise I ould have given you a bite

    kudzu - looked up the word ignoral and found out its interesting history. I din't realise it was unusual, guess it's simply there on a Brit's radar.

    jennifer - i stuffed it in another post

    jennifer - you actually don't have to cook tomatoes at this time of year ;)

    Shuna - I am afraid I have eaten it by now - maybe I'll take them a copy of the photo.

    tana - I don't see it as cheated - more blessed to witness such an anomoly.

    parisbreakfasts - ha - great take on the image, one from an artist's mind, for sure.

    kimmie - eventually your willpower caves in and eating it becomes too much temptation. I am happy to have captured it first in a photo though.

    anni - I will see if I can find out which type it was. I did stuff it and, no, I didn't use a knife and fork!

    david - takes a freak to know one?

    leeloreya - wish I had thought of that before I ate it. Next time.

    anon - i am not sure if this was meant to be a stuffing tomato - i will check with the farmer.

    elise - that might be a hard even to organise. I guess it is a good archive event.

    jam*tacular - wild and cultivated all at the same time!

    Bea - yes, really, lucky me. thanks.

    peabody - nature is indeed a spectacular thing. Everything starts with it.

    pille - it really tasted like a tomato. If it had tasted like a strawberry then I think I would have been reallly freaked out.

     
  • At 25/8/06 16:38, Blogger Mimi said…

    I just found a strawberry-like thingamabob inside a green pepper. At first, I thought it was a tiger lily, because it was very undeveloped. But then I recalled reading "Alien Tomato." The texture was drier and tougher than a strawberry's insides but very similar. The taste was a bit tart with a bitter aftertaste.

    Is this some sort of mutant strawberry invasion?

     

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