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Tomato, basil, salt and olive oil. Nothing else.

Tomato, basil, salt and olive oil. Nothing else.

My years in Italy taught me a lot about appreciating simple flavours. Take a single vegetable and tailor your meal to suits its shape. Put it on a pedestal and elevate it to new heights…

There’s nothing quite like some Kiwi sunshine and the rich soil here to grow wonderful flavours. We have the dream environment for producing – and appreciating – great food!

A tomato plant appeared from nowhere in my garden a few months ago. I almost pulled it out. Today I tried the first fruits – wow! I’d forgotten how sweet and full of flavour a tomato could be.

The perfect dish for delicious kiwi-grown tomatoes is a simple salad which we ate with most dinners in the summer in Italy. It consists of roughly chopped tomato, torn basil leaves, salt to taste, and olive oil. Prepare an hour in advance to allow the juices to flow.

This is one salad you’ll have no difficulty getting people to eat. 🙂

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