Just like Gardeners, Squirrels Love Tomatoes

The early squirrel gets the tomato.

squirrel-bites-tomato-blogWhile I was on my way to the garden to pick tomatoes this morning, an early bird–I mean squirrel–was making a delicious tomato breakfast from one of my Celebrity tomatoes.

I saw this tomato yesterday when it was just turning ripe red, but I decided to give it one more day.

Can squirrels read minds?

This tomato was obviously the low-hanging fruit for the little guy. I can picture him standing on his hind legs, holding onto both sides of this delicacy and chewing away like crazy. He neatly sheared off one complete side of the fruit of my labor.

But it’s okay. I’m not mad. Squirrels are just part of the fun in my backyard habitat.

I actually admire the critter for having such good taste. Celebrity (Lycopersicon esculentum ‘Celebrity’ Hybrid) is an All-America Selections winning tomato from 1984 and it continues to be a reliable performer in my garden year after year. Its disease resistance is one of its most attractive features.

But, as you can see, it isn’t pest resistant.

Celebrity is a determinate tomato and it sets an abundance of beautiful tomatoes on sturdy vines. The tomatoes are the perfect size for slicing into salads, for cooking and canning or roasting to use through the winter.

Squirrels may prefer their tomatoes raw, but most of us like our tomatoes slowly simmered in recipes like this one for my Garden-Fresh Chunky Pasta Sauce:

2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup chopped onion
6 cups peeled, seeded and chopped ripe tomatoes from the garden
¼ cup chopped parsley
1/3 cup chopped basil
2 Tablespoons chopped oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound pasta or 1 small spaghetti squash

Heat olive oil in a deep skillet. Add chopped onion and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until slightly tender. Stir in tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Stir in basil and parsley just prior to serving.

While sauce is cooking, prepare pasta according to package directions. If using spaghetti squash, in half length-wise, remove seeds and place cut side down on a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until flesh is soft. Cool slightly and separate strands with a fork. Pour sauce over “spaghetti”, sprinkle with parsley, grated Parmesan cheese and serve with crusty bread.


 

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Comments

And I love squirrels!But not to eat, just to watch…they are quite amusing…
GartenGrl at Planning Plants to Plant

Ha! Thanks for the chuckle. My garden wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without the squirrels to entertain us.

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