Saturday, October 2, 2010

A Mexican fair.. tacos with sun sugar tomatoes and peach salsa

What do you do when life showers you with cherry tomatoes? Experiment with different versions of salsas of-course!

Last spring a very dear friend of mine gifted us this tiny sun sugar tomato plant which to my utter amazement has grown over 5' tall (yes, thats 5 feet!) and is bearing fruits like crazy! When I planted it I expected a regular sized tomato plant only to realize within a month or so that the plant is growing frantically crazy. I had to quickly research my caging options. A trip to Home Depot later, I managed to cage the plant but two months later is looks like we should have bought the larger cage. Who knew a tomato plant could grow that tall! 

A fun aspect of being a first-time gardener is you learn through mistakes. Now I know that there is something like an indeterminate tomato plant and the sun sugar variety falls into that - what it means is the plant will grow indeterminate only capped by the length of the season. In the world of indeterminate tomato plants, >5' tall plants are not that uncommon actually!

Sun sugar is a very sweet small tomato variety with a slight orangy flavor. Due to its sweetness and fruits tones its great for snacking as is or in salsas or salads. I made a roasted tomato pasta sauce, tossed it in salads here and there, snacked a lot on them and still the plant is laden with fruit! Got any cherry tomato recipes up your sleeve :) 

Today's recipe is a simple peach and sweet tomato salsa. I made this quick throw together Mexican meal recently with a spicy black bean filling and a tangy tomatillo salsa (both recipes upcoming soon) and this slightly sweet, slightly sour salsa was perfect with the meal. If you don't have sun sugar tomatoes, feel free to use any cherry tomatoes.
Vegetarian tacos with sweet tomato and peach salsa
Recipe: Sun sugar tomatoes and peach salsa
Serves 4
1C halved sun sugar tomatoes (or cherry/grape tomatoes)
1 peach - chopped into small pieces
juice of half lemon
zest of 1lemon
1 small red bird chili - deseeded and chopped into small pieces
1Tbsp chopped cilantro
salt & pepper

Mix all the salsa ingredients together. Taste and adjust the seasonings per taste. Make atleast an hour before serving for the flavors to mingle and develop.


  1. wow...BAck with a bang..Love mexican food, i have something mexican coming tomorrow :-)

  2. Hey dahling, good to see you back!! 5 feet in a year?? You know...your plant lives in fast generation. ;) :D Those are so cute and beautiful. It's very thoughtful gift from your friend. Loved the spread! Just mouth watering. :)

  3. Welcome back pj, so nice to see your post after a long time...Thats a different type of salsa but it looks yum....

  4. A post after a long gap.What a nice spread!! Looks irresistible and I must say your pictures are excellent

  5. I am so envious of your tomatoes...:)
    I make a slightly different salsa with small juicy ( desi ) tomatoes available here.

  6. Welcome back looks mouthwatering..great pics !

  7. welcome back PJ...and that too with a always, i love anythin mexican :P

  8. Welcome back PJ, what a delicious spread! Love your photo and this dish, sweet,tangy, healthy and yum..

  9. where have you been Prajakta? nice to get you back. love this recipe and the sun sugar tomatoes look so so good. never have seen anything like this. I will try this recipe for sure.

  10. PJ, it's been a while. 5 feet tall tomato plants, I understand the problem in caging them but those tomatoes are beauties.

    The spread you have is delicious.

  11. Welcome back PJ...delicious and droolworthy spread..

  12. Welcome back PJ!

    Love that spread. So delicious.

  13. This looks like a treat.. so yummy :)

  14. What a delicious spread of mexican it!

  15. Good to see you back dear.....lovely spread...

  16. Nice to see a post from you after a long time PJ. Loved your spread. And specially 1st pic of sun sugar tomatoes

    Hamaree Rasoi

  17. What a spread. I would love to dig into this for lunch or dinner today.

  18. Wow thats awesome treat dear.. and nice to seeu after long time PJ. Wish i am there to enjoy this feast...

  19. Wonderful array of great food :-)Welcome back PJ :-)

  20. Delicious spread....awesome

    Pushpa @

  21. A very delicious platter.. I love salsas.. Nothing can beat those nachos and salsas.. You have got a very rare variety tomato.. those tomatoes look cute and juicy!

  22. Gald to see you back..Delicous mexican food spread.

  23. What a tempting spread of mexican goodies!Love mexican food!


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