Delight in Summer's Tomato Bounty

Take advantage of the summer tomatoes coming into season at your local grocery store or farmers market. The many colors and flavors are a pleasure to behold.

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Tomato Bruschetta

Bruschetta at its simplest is grilled bread rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil. This recipe calls for summer ripe tomatoes and basil, but there are an endless number of toppings that can work. We recommend working with produce that is in season.

When a dish only has a few ingredients you do all you can to source the highest quality ingredients. Use crusty coarse bread; ripe grape, cherry, heirloom, or roma tomatoes harvested at the height of the season; freshly picked basil; and the best extra-virgin olive oil your budget will allow.

Buon Appetito!

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Ingredients

1 Loaf Baguette or good crusty course bread
1 lbs. (500 g.) Cherry Tomatoes or 3 to 4 Large Tomatoes
8 Leaves Fresh Basil, torn into small pieces
2 Cloves (divided) Garlic
1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml.) the Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil your budget allows
1-2 Pinches or to taste Salt
to taste Pepper

Assembly

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1. Preheat the broiler.

2. If using cherry tomatoes, cut them in half. If using large tomatoes, core and seed them and cut into 1/2-inch (12-mm.) pieces. In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, basil, a pinch or two of salt, a grind of fresh pepper (to taste).

3. Place the bread slices on a baking sheet, brush on olive oil to both sides and broil, turning once, until crisp and golden on both sides, about 3 minutes.

4. Immediately rub one side of each slice with a garlic clove, using 1 clove for 4 slices.

5. Arrange the bread slices, garlic side up, on a platter. Spoon the tomato mixture on the slices and serve. Serves 4.

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With 10 facilities and growing, Kagome has aggressively expanded operations from its base in Japan to Taiwan, China, and Malaysia. Kagome Japan has an exceptional commitment to quality, teamwork, science and technology. Kagome Japan is home to the world's largest privately held tomato seed bank with 7,500 varieties. It is also where many of our proprietary processes were nurtured and brought to fruition. Kagome Japan's core values are shared across its family of companies.

Capabilities in Asia include a colorful variety of fruit and vegetable products such as sauces, drinks, ready-to-eat meals and probiotics.

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Kagome Australia is expanding into sauce production from tomato farming and processing. The opposite growing season in Australia gives us added flexibility. It will be the first fully vertically integrated operation in the Kagome family.

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HIT, a Kagome subsidiary in Portugal, is based in a superb tomato growing region. These tomatoes are highly prized for their color and sweetness, which HIT turns into unique tomato ingredients and products. A newly established Agricultural Research Center studies new seed varieties and processing technologies in collaboration with other Kagome teams.

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Kagome USA has manufacturing and R&D facilities on both coasts, in California and Arkansas. Capabilities have evolved from pouched tomato sauces to include cream sauces, compound butters, margarines and spreads, and portion pack. With unmatched access to consistent tomato crops and other raw materials, the US operation is highly scaled, flexible, and efficient to meet global demands. United Genetics, a seed company based in California, recently joined the Kagome family.