Scotty Brand Tomatoes
Our tomatoes are grown by Standhill Farm in the Scottish Borders.
Scotty Brand is delighted to reintroduce its acclaimed Scottish tomatoes, with two packs including Annamay Cocktail and Sweetelle Baby Plum varieties.
Both types of tomato are ripened on the vine before being harvested and packed by hand at their peak. This ensures maximum flavour and every tomato is class 1. Scottish tomatoes are deliciously firm and juicy, with an intense aroma and full flavour. The Scottish climate does have its advantages too, as Scotty Brand tomatoes ripen at a slower rate than those grown in more southern climates, resulting in a sweeter and tastier crop.
To ensure you enjoy the maximum flavour and aroma, store them at room temperature and try to eat them as fresh as possible.
The tomatoes are grown at Standhill Farm near Hawick in the Scottish Borders. Scotty Brand has been working with farmer Jim Shanks since last summer to overcome the various challenges of growing the crop in Scotland. Originally a dairy farm, Standhill Farm has diversified to become the only commercial grower of Scottish tomatoes using state-of-the-art eco-friendly technology in a custom built glasshouse. Read more about it here.
Did you know?
- A tomato is a fruit because its seeds are contained within the edible parts of the plant.
- Tomatoes are thought to have originated in Peru. The name comes from the Aztec “xitomatl”, which means “plump thing with a navel” and they were probably introduced to Europe by the Spanish conquistadores or by Columbus.
- Over 10,000 varieties exist and tomatoes can be yellow, pink, purple, black and even white, as well as red.
- Tomatoes are low in calories, typically containing only 14 calories per 100g. They contain virtually no fat and no cholesterol.
- Recent research has shown that the pigment lycopene, the stuff that makes most ripe tomatoes red, may help to protect against heart disease and some forms of cancer. Ripe British tomatoes have a considerably higher lycopene content, compared with imported, long-life types, which are lower in lycopene. The ideal solution is to eat fresh British tomatoes, both raw and cooked.
- The same lycopene is an antioxidant and regular consumption of tomatoes has been found to improve the skin’s resistance to sunburn. If you are already burnt, tomatoes can still help you. Try gently rubbing slices of raw, ripe tomato over the affected area. The juice, some say, will reduce the heat and help to prevent blisters.