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Executive chef Christiaan Campbell and Boschendal’s horticulturist and food garden manager Megan McCarthy talk about how best to grow and enjoy tomatoes.
Christiaan: Tomatoes are at their best mid to late summer. I’m very passionate about where our food comes from and obviously the health of the soil. The tomatoes are picked here at Boschendal and some from our partners that I work with. Of all fruit and vegetables, the tomato is a very interesting plant in that it apparently puts into its fruit whatever is in its soil – including heavy metals and toxins. You need to know where your tomatoes are grown if you are particular about what you put into your mouth. The tomato will gladly pass on the general soil health – so it’s good to know your tomato’s origin. Obviously it’s important to buy organic and from a farmer that is concerned about soil health.
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