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Friday Night Photos: More Green Zebra Tomato Love, with Recipes! (2010 Garden Update #12)

I don’t think there’s any doubt that Green Zebra Tomatoes are my favorite, and this post has Green Zebra Tomato Recipes for all the other gardeners who love them!

Green Zebra Tomatoes

I’m posting these Friday Night Photos early because today is moving day in the Denny household. It’s not me or one of my siblings who’s moving; rather today we are moving our elderly father into a new apartment at the assisted living center, after numerous problems with his previous apartment being a little too close to the elevator!

I’m going to help with that in a few hours, after this bucket of Green Zebra tomatoes from my garden gets transformed into a couple of salads for all the movers to nibble on as we work. I raved last year about my love for Green Zebra tomatoes, and this year I’m having an amazing harvest from my three Green Zebra plants. Green Zebras don’t really need more than a little salt to bring out their remarkable flavor, but here are a few other ways I’ve used them.

If you’re growing Green Zebras for the first time, here’s my attempt to show how they change colors as they ripen. The first tomato is too green, and the one at the end maybe a bit too ripe. I usually eat them when they’re showing just a little bit of yellow color.

One of my favorite ways to eat these tomatoes is to simply cut into chunks, drizzle with a bit of good olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and crumble over some chunks of goat cheese. (This is goat’s milk cheese that comes in a log, but you could also use my dad’s favorite Feta cheese.)

Last year I made this heirloom tomato salad to take to dinner at my friend Wanda’s house, and the Green Zebra tomatoes were great in this. (At the party, I dressed these tomatoes with basil vinaigrette and served them with lots more fresh basil cut in chiffonade strips sprinkled on top.)

This year I used some Green Zebra tomatoes in this Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoees and Kiwifruit. If you don’t have kiwifruit, you could use slices of peach, melon, or apricots.

And my latest creation with Green Zebra tomatoes is these Green Goddess Tomato-Mozzarella Stacks, with Green Goddess Salad Dressing drizzled over the tomatoes and mozzarella.

Are you growing Green Zebra tomatoes? If so, please let us know in the comments how you’re using them.

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    36 Comments on “Friday Night Photos: More Green Zebra Tomato Love, with Recipes! (2010 Garden Update #12)”

  1. Oh Cindy, sorry to hear that. You can certainly make the recipes with other tomatoes as well, it's just that tha Green Zebras are especially good in then.

  2. Those recipes all look so great but unfortunately I will have to wait until next year to try them. We are having a bad tomato year here. I only got 3 Green Zebras from my one plant. Will have to scour the farmer's markets to see if any are for sale. The three I had were delicious!

  3. Thanks Maria, they are so tasty too.

  4. Stunning tomatoes. I love their green color!

  5. Tammy, I was not snubbing you! (Sometimes the comment is slow getting to my e-mail after it's posted, so it seems like I'm not answering.) Love the sound of those Fried Green Tomatoes. I will have to try that!

  6. Mary, I'm glad you get to try them. Don't get confused by a tomato called Striped Zebra, which is also green, but not nearly as flavorful, at least not to me. I also love Brandywine tomatoes. Those must be my two favorites!

  7. I grew these last year (no garden this year, unfortunately). My very southern friend told me how to make "real" fried green tomatoes and I probably ate a bushel of them fixed her way:

    Slice a Green Zebra as thinly as possible. Coat in flour (I used spelt). Fry in oil until crisp on both sides. Sprinkle with salt. Eat warm. Yum!!!

  8. I've never tried the zebra tomatoes. You made me curious and I'll remedy that as soon as the heirloom tomatoes begin to come to our farmer's markets. Everything is late this year. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

  9. Linda, very seriously, this might be the best-tasting tomato I've ever had. Do try it if you get a chance!

  10. I have trouble believing that a green tomato would taste good. Isn't it funny the things our minds tell us? Having had a purplish tomoato and a yellow one, I found them to be wonderful. I guess it's a green eggs and ham thing.

  11. Thanks for the nice feedback everyone! Just got home from a long day of moving my dad and he's definitely been agitated about the move today, but it went relatively well.

  12. We grew some zebra striped tomatoes this year and they are so delicious.

  13. Kalyn, good luck with your dad's move. I know that a move like that, for an elderly person, can be difficult – even if it is within the same facility.

    Your garden bounty continues to amaze me!

  14. Okay, I feel dumb, because I've never heard of zebra tomatoes, but they look incredible. I can't believe I've never come across them before!

    We're going to have to try this, especially with the goat's milk cheese.

  15. Gorgeous zebras! Good luck with your dad.

  16. They're beautiful, Kalyn! I didn't get hold of any seeds this year, but hope to grow some Green Zebras next year – they're so cute!!

  17. Dana, thanks. They the best tasting tomato ever!

    Katie, that sounds fun! I definitely have plenty to feed you.

  18. I LOVE green zebras, but I haven't had any yet this year. Hmmm… maybe I should check out the prices of a flight to SLC 😉

  19. Those tomatoes are so cool looking!