tomatoes :: a still life
I will have a full day outside of the house today, but we also have ~18 pounds of tomatoes that need to be prepped and canned. So, first thing this morning, I got busy blanching them.
And, in the quiet of the morning, peeling the skin off hot tomatoes, I thought about some of the valuable life lessons this process (and growing tomatoes, in general) revealed.
Here are 10 lessons from this morning:
- Looks can be deceiving: even the most beautiful ones on the outside can be crazy damaged on the inside.
- Every one has a boiling point, but the ones that crack first tend to be the least damaged on the inside.
- Even thick skinned ones bruise when they’re treated carelessly.
- If you neglect them, then they will spoil and rot.
- The quality of the soil they're grown in matters: bad soil = slow or no growth, less fruit.
- Flavor is richer when all varieties are thrown in the pot together.
- One bad spot doesn’t always mean it’s a total loss; but, the bad spot has to be dealt with first.
- Underneath the skin, they’re all vulnerable and complex.
- Red, green or yellow: color doesn’t limit one’s purpose.
- Size and shape don’t matter. But, no, really!! ;-)