Most people who know me or have worked with me observed that I usually eat the same lunch each day. I like to craft a big homemade salad with fresh veggies, crab flakes, green onions, croutons, tiny cubes of cheese, black olives and spinach, romaine or whatever greens are in season and/or readily available (in other words, on sale or not outrageously priced).
I begin constructing my salad by slicing a tomato into wedges. I love tomatoes, and generally use the “on the vine” variety because they are flavorful almost all year around and not as risky as the cherry or grape tomatoes. (I say that because in my personal experience I have seen on more than one occasion where I cherry tomato “exploded” as the diner chomped down on them, spewing out of their mouth and in some cases quite a distance. – How embarrassing is that?) I also personally find in many instances the cherry tomatoes that I have grown or purchased have skins that are difficult to chew – almost like they are wearing spanx, although I have never actually bitten into spanx myself, I am just assuming the similarity.
Back to my bizarre experience today. I wash cutting up my on the vine tomato, when much to my surprise, the seeds inside the fruit (another controversial topic for another day) were actually beginning to sprout! It literally freaked me out – at first I thought it was filled with tiny worms. I had just previously killed a strange looking spider climbing up the wall, so my mindset was on creepy crawly things. Upon further review, it was apparent that these were actual sprouts! The seeds were sprouting inside the tomato!!
I have never before experienced this, or even heard of the possibility. Which brought me to wonder if anyone else ever saw this? Is this some sort of Monsanto-ism? Since I am a very frugal person by nature, and only moments earlier had trimmed the mold off my block of cheese before cutting it in tiny cubes, I carefully “seeded” the tomato before proceeding to cut it into my bite-sized wedges. And, I am pleased to report that the tomato tasted fantastic! Another flavorful (but seedless) masterpiece created for lunch.