We have a lot of tomatoes. I planted 20-something plants of all sorts, so we have plenty. The good thing is that all the different plants are coming out with tomatoes at different times. First we had a million little tiny tomatoes, now we are starting to have black Russians and Oxhearts. Homegrown tomatoes are just so much better than ones you buy.
Bee balm is also called bergamot and horsemint, and tastes like a mix between mint and oregano and a little bit of basil. All of our basil has flowered and is past its prime but bee balm is going strong. The plants product these amazing wacky flowers that come in different colors, most of mine are red and pink. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them. I do too.
Bee balm is a little spicy but pairs really well with sweet, fresh tomatoes. You can also use it chopped up on pizza, or in salads or iced tea. I love it!!
Tomatoes with bee balm
a few tomatoes, preferably home grown
8-10 bee balm leaves
a clove of crushed garlic
salt and pepper
Cut your tomatoes into cubes. Cut up the bee balm and mix with some olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a little bowl. Let sit for a few minutes to blend (or, don't) and toss with the tomatoes. Let sit for a few minutes (or don't). Eat!