The Fourth-of-July tomato plant produces smallish fruit (about 3 inches) with a nice tartness—perfect for salsa. And, yes, they really do ripen early: in time for Independence Day. That holiday is also a good time to have incendiary firecracker chiles, which are ornamental as well as delicious and grow well in pots.
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2 pounds tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1medium onion, minced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
3 or 4 small red chiles, minced and seeded
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper
How to Make It
In a bowl, combine the tomatoes with the onion, cilantro, chiles, garlic and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.