Score a tomato in a crisscross pattern
Van Chaplin

Tasty Tomatoes

Showstopping salsa depends on using the most flavorful tomato varieties. When growing them, a few simple tricks will help make the most of your tomatoes' good genes.

First, give plants room to grow. In general, spacing tomatoes four feet apart, with rows five to six feet apart. Then, give them the support of a sturdy wire cage that keeps the fruit from getting dirty and makes the tomatoes easy to pick.

Once you've got the fruit of your labors in hand, dice it using the simple, bruise-proof technique at left. With a very sharp knife, score the tomato in a crisscross pattern, then slice horizontally from the top.

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