Summer 2023

Fermented Tomatoes

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Fermented cherry tomatoes sitting on freshly shucked oysters.


4 cups under-ripe cherry tomatoes

1 sprig fresh parsley

2 stems fresh basil

4 cloves garlic peeled

1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns

1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds

1 sliced jalapeno

4 cups water

3 tablespoons Maldon Sea Salt


Also known as Champagne Tomatoes, fresh cherry tomatoes are fermented in a brine with Maldon Sea Salt. They add an incredible burst of lip-smacking tomato flavour to a variety of dishes, including these freshly shucked oysters! Recipe by Guy Turland.

1. Put the peppercorns, coriander seeds, and mustard seeds into the bottom of a quart-sized jar, then layer in the tomatoes, parsley, basil, and garlic.

2. Mix together the water and salt to make a brine, and pour over the tomatoes, making sure to cover them completely.

3. Use a weight to keep the tomatoes under the brine, and cover the jar with a towel.

4. Put in a cool and dark corner to ferment for 6-8 days.

5. Taste them along the way. When the tomatoes are finished fermenting they will burst with a champagne like effervescence in your mouth.

6. Cover with a lid and store in the fridge. They are best after 1 to 2 weeks.

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