Grow Your Own- Green Zebra


This year I was decided on planting some heirloom tomatoes. We planted Brandywine and Cherokee tomato. Along with these we also planted Green Zebra, a roma tomato and a grape tomato plant. The only plant that bore fruit so far is the Green Zebra.

Green Zebra is a tomato cultivar with characteristic dark green and yellow stripes, although there are newer variations that blush a reddish color instead of yellow when ripe. It is slightly more tart than regular tomatoes, and it is an unusually early breed.

Green Zebra was bred by Tom Wagner of Everett, Washington, and first introduced in his Tater-Mater Seed Catalog in 1983. Given its recent origins, it is not an heirloom tomato, despite often being mistakenly designated as one.  ( Link )

For lunch we made sandwiches inspired by this recipe. We used green tomatoes, basil and chives from our garden.

They were easy to make and so yummy. Since the Green Zebras were still not ripe, I did a quick saute in olive oil with salt and pepper before they went into the sandwich.

The ricotta spread was also a breeze to make. We had an assembly station and  from there the sandwiches went onto a skillet and I used a cast iron lid to flatten the sandwiches. We had fun making these!!

This goes to Jugalbandi who is hosting Grow Your Own event. Grow Your Own is a twice-a-month blogging event that celebrates the foods we grow or raise ourselves and the dishes we make using our homegrown products and is a brainchild of Andrea.

Related: Fried Green Tomatoes.

13 responses »

  1. Welcome to Grow Your Own! Your tomatoes are very pretty, and I bet they look very striking when they fully ripen.

    Glad to participate. I love events where produce is highlighted.

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  3. Tomatoes looked great. Hopefully I can grow some next year.

    Do you by any chance have an easy recipe for vegetable biriyani with chicken added to it- like a one pot meal?

  4. These are the cutest tomatoes. Have you read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe? The book has a recipe for fried green tomatoes that your tomatoes will love

  5. Hey Gini, my mom used to make bread upma with broken pieces of bread, but this way of pulsing them IMHO gives it a more “upma” feel to it. I love both ways. Nice blog you got here, and I am glad you pinged me.
    Am gonna add you to my “follow” list. Oh yeah! I am gonna be sneaking up on your postings every now and then. 🙂

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  7. Hi da..
    Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and posting comment ..I noticed ur blog in the beginning itself and i added u in my blog roll with out asking ur permission ..!! 🙂


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