Looking to make a Persian Tomato/Cucumber salad. Should I use out of season tomatoes, could I used canned? https://food52.com/recipes/59029-beef-kofte

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Rey C. January 11, 2017
Thanks everyone. I will aim for the grape tomatoes. This has been quite helpful and illustrative.
 
My F. January 11, 2017
I agree. Hothouse grown cherry or grape tomatoes will have the best flavor this time of year both because of the shipping issues mentioned by others (I live in VA and there are a couple of places nearby that grown cherry toms indoors all year, and similar was true when I lived in Chicago). A second reason they are the best option is because all of the glutamates, AKA flavor, are in the skins and seeds of tomatoes, a much greater ratio in the smaller fruit and no mealy off season flesh. They will certainly have a different texture than an heirloom in august... but generally even in summer I prefer to eat perfect tomatoes by themselves and use cherry toms in my salads.
 
caninechef January 11, 2017
Maybe try grape tomatoes? They seem to me consistently better taste than many of the shipped "cardboard" tomatoes. I also think the Kumatoes a good idea per suggestion above.

Growing up we used to eat home grown and canned tomatoes as a salad. Just plopped whole on lettuce and served with a creamy dressing. Not bad and certainly better than anything available in stores that long ago. But I don't think you would want to cut them and mix them into other ingredients.
 
pierino January 10, 2017
Tomatoes are always in season someplace. Like Mexico where most supermarket tomatoes are coming from right now. However, they are picked green and ripened with gas. You might want to leave them out a couple more days to ripen further. Even so they are much better than trying to use canned for such a salad.
 
Smaug January 10, 2017
They grow them in Mexico (and Holland) in the winter, but you couldn't really say they're in season. Well, you could, and did, but it's not really accurate- for in season, you'd need to head for the southern hemisphere. And you can't really ship ripe tomatoes, so it doesn't do us much good.
 
inpatskitchen January 10, 2017
If you're really determined to make a tomato and cucumber salad, I suggest using Kumato tomatoes...read about them here:
https://au.be.yahoo.com/food/a/15191268/ten-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-kumato/#page1
 
creamtea January 10, 2017
typically these salads use fresh tomatoes. Canned tomatoes are already a cooked product. They will not take you where you want to go in this recipe.
 

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ChefJune January 10, 2017
I would choose a different salad until tomato season.
 
sydney January 10, 2017
Canned tomatoes and fresh tomatoes are nothing alike. I would never use canned for fresh, and never in a salad. I only use canned for cooked and stewed foods, and even then I wish I had fresh. The only good 'canned' tomato is one that's home-preserved.
 
C S. January 10, 2017
You could use canned tomatoes. The texture will be softer but the flavor should be fine.
 
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