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The Modern Bar Cart Podcast

Jul 16, 2020

In this lively, in-depth discussion with tomato expert Craig LeHoulier, some of the topics we discuss include:

  • The history of the tomato - from its origins in the Americas, to its domination of the European culinary scene, to its current commodity status at the supermarket.
  • How Craig left the pharma industry to pursue his keen interest in gardening, which led to a home garden bursting with forgotten tomato varieties and a passion for flavor.
  • The story of the Seed Savers Exchange and how heirloom plants were saved from the verge of the void.
  • What makes an heirloom plant different from a hybrid (spoiler alert - it’s not as simple as it might seem)
  • How Craig thinks about the flavor attributes and culinary applications of different tomato varieties.
  • The science and history of tomato juice and how it plays into the story of The Bloody Mary
  • The crazy and largely untapped possibilities for scrambling our concept of what a Bloody Mary is (and what it could be)
  • How the Cherokee Purple tomato got its name
  • And much, much more.