Scientist Harry Klee has created the perfect supermarket tomato. Slate reports that the Garden Gem is super-flavorful like an heirloom, but also just as easy to grow as those bland, cardboardy fauxmatoes you normally find in the market. Unfortunately, it's not coming to stores any time soon because industrial growers believe it's too small (about 50 grams) and a small tomato means higher labor costs. While supermarkets aren't willing to raise prices for the moment, Klee remains optimistic; he's currently working on a new hybrid that will produce a larger-sized fruit.
Luckily, we're coming up to peak season for heirlooms. Here, seven terrific recipes to make with juicy summer tomatoes from farmers' markets.
1. Heirloom Tomato Salad
A medley of heirloom varieties shine in this fast, healthy salad.