Fresh From our Farm
After a year of testing and customer feedback we have reduced the number of different varieties we are growing down to twelve. We are also experimenting with some new varieties--all large and extra-large fruit (.75 to 1.25 kg each). Besides red, others are white, yellow, green and multi-colored. We think a mix of sizes and colors make a much more appealing plate when several tomatoes are served together. Tomatoes with different flavor profiles make a salad a culinary adveture. We will be adding some photos to this site soon.
In the 19th century French settlers in Cambodia brought with them entire gardens of fruits and vegetables, including at least one variety of tomato. When the Khmer Rouge came to power everyone was driven from their homes and from their land. In virtual slavery, those who managed to survive grew rice. Cultivated vegetables and fruits (including tomatoes) completely disappeared. We heard of a farmer who had managed to preserve a pre-Khmer Rouge variety of tomato from vanishing, and we were blessed with a few seeds. We think this tough tomato probably grew wild in a Cambodian forest and continued to evolve over forty years. This compact plant produces fruit weighing nearly one kg, and proves that beauty lies within. Despite its appearance, Cambodia Rose is one of the sweetest, most delicious tomatoes we have come across in more than fifteen years of growing tomatoes in Asia. You would not be the first to cut a slice for tasting, then eat the entire tomato as you would an apple. We named it Cambodia Rose, which might seem like bon mot for "Khmer Rouge" until you consider that "rose" can also be a verb.
More From Our Farm to Your Table
We are growing a few other interesting non-tomato crops that you may find interesting:
Bhutan chilies: green (for "chili cheese") and dallay khoursani, which are fruity little balls of fire. These are for South Asian restaurants and also for export. Amazingly, they are hardly available in Bhutan now because the chilis grown in India are banned due to pesticide contamination.
Beet root in a rainbow of colors, including the greens. It's shocking to see beet root for sale with the greens hacked off. (Those of us who love to cook think the greens are the best part, sautéed with garlic, shallots, olive and bacon, and maybe a dash of wine vinegar.) Our beets are delivered fresh--farm to table the same day.
Anise. It's a weed and should not cost a fortune in Thailand. Ours is every bit as good as what you get from Europe or Australia, is days/weeks fresher, will be is more affordable.
Soon we will be offering some great cheffy products from Row 7 Seeds: a heatless habañero chili, Badger Flame beet, their experimental squash and experimental cucumber.
Is there something else you would like us to grow? Let us know. Just click on "Contact" below.