The other night I was at the supermarket to buy a can of tomatoes. For years I have bought the Italian varieties without thinking about it very much except that they seem to taste better. But there was an interesting/alarming article in The Age a couple of months ago that talked about recent issues with their production. I have been buying locally grown fresh food for ages, but somehow never made the leap to buying locally grown and canned tomatoes and decided now was the time to change my habits.
So anyway, for the first time in ages I actually started reading the labels on the cans to make sure that they were actually Australian fruit. What shocked me most was not where they were from, but the tomato content in all the cans. In most of them (Australian and internationally grown) the content of tomatoes was somewhere between 55-65%. How can a can full of tomatoes actually only be half full?! I finally found one Australian variety called "SPC Australian Gold Crushed Tomatoes" which stated it is 97% tomatoes. It also says "Australian Made" all over it, but is it safe to assume that's the tomatoes as well as the canning?? And is the content only due to them being crushed? I wonder if there are any varieties of whole tomatoes that have a similar percentage?
I can't wait until summer for tomato season in the Country Garden!