Tomatoes are available all year round but best in the UK season, June-September. This vegetable is actually a fruit and comes from the Americas, first brought over to Europe by early white explorers. The Elizabethans called them 'love apples' as they were believed to be an aphrodisiac! Certainly, many world cuisines would seem strange without their colour and flavour - especially that of Italy and other Mediterranean countries, not to mention Central and South America.
They come in many types, from large to small, red to orange and yellow and round or plum-shaped and can be cooked or served raw. The tinned variety is also a useful store-cupboard staple.