Heirloom Pineapple Tomato

Heirloom Pineapple Tomato

One of my favorite variety of tomatoes is the heirloom Pineapple Tomato.  The massive yellow fruits are juicy, sweet, and can grow up to a whopping 2 pounds each.   Every year I purchase one or two plants at the Master Gardener Fair down at the Expo in late spring.  I plant them in the garden in late May and by early August, I am in the midst of my harvest.  My tomatoes are doing quite well (so far) and the biggest one that I have picked out of my little garden this year weighed over 1 1/4 pounds.   Wow!

I have learned over the years when preparing a dish for my family, sometimes less is more… What I mean by that is when you have a spectacular ingredient to work with, don’t cover it up with other flavors, seasonings or textures, simply showcase it.  That is exactly what I did with one of my fresh picked Pineapple Tomatoes.  I sliced it, drizzled it with olive oil and added a pinch of salt.  Nothing more, nothing less.  Simply perfect.  Enjoy!  Tessa


  • 1 Heirloom Pineapple Tomato
  • olive oil to taste
  • coarse salt to taste
  • garnish with a sprig of basil

Slice tomato into 1/3 inch slices.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt.  Garnish and serve.

15 thoughts on “Heirloom Pineapple Tomato

  1. Lasuch w kuchni

    This is my discovery as well. When I was younger I was “killing” the dishes with quite a variety of spices. Of course sometimes it is necessary, when for example thinking about thai or indian cuisine. But over the years I have learnt that sometimes if you have the best ingredients it is in fact best served with just a few flavour enhancements. Actually quite often those days I’m dependent only on salt, freshly ground pepper and some oil of different sorts, when talking about savoury dishes of course. And sometimes it really works best. So I cannot agree more with your words Tessa:-)

  2. mjskit

    Now that’s a BIG tomato! Thanks for this post! I bought one of these tomatoes the other day (for $7!!!!) and it was just in a basket with other heirlooms, but no specific names. I bought it because it was beautiful first of all and knew it would be a perfect side for a grilled steak. I prepared just as your suggested here and it beat the steak as being the highlight of the meal. I’m so glad that I now know what it’s called!!! Thanks!

    1. Tessa

      I’m so glad that you had the chance to try one. Next spring be sure to look for some of the plants at your local nursery or farmer’s market. Pineapple Tomatoes are like sunshine on a plate :).

  3. Sissi

    What a gorgeous tomato! It does look like pineapple! We have similar tomatoes here, but they are red, so I’m sure the taste is different.

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