Saturday, August 4, 2018
(fruit of the month)
Our beef tomato (cuore di bue) crop this year has offered up some impressive specimens.
One above all, weighing in at 877 grams, has inspired a tribute from afar.
"Every August a tomato festival is held in the little village of San Giovanni Pomodorino. Contestants come from near and far for the coveted prize, pomodoro gigantico, which is to produce a cuore di bue as near as possible to 1 kilo in weight.
This year Lulu from the nearby village of Santa Letizia Martina arrived late for the ceremony. She rushed up to the stall where the judges were already preparing to award the prize. Only one tomato had managed just under 850 grams.
When they saw the size of Lulu’s entry the judges conferred and decided to accept her exhibit. They placed the tomato on the scales. It came in at just under 900 grams. The chief judge who came from the rival village of San Giuseppe Solanum surreptitiously put her finger on the scales to give a reading of 1000 grams.
Lulu returned in triumph to her village where the cuore di bue now sits benignly in a niche, labelled In excelsis australis."
Thanks to H of Higher Bugford, North Devon.