Three years ago, my husband was traveling through our neighboring district of Coorg. Full of lush green coffee and pepper plantations, it is one of the more enchanting places on earth. Though planters for generations, the Coorgs (Kodavas) are a cultured, hospitable, good-natured, well-educated, honest and proud people with a rich tradition and a legendary love of plants. In the estate of one of my husband’s friends, he found, to his delight, a hedge full of crimson red berries. On closer inspection, they proved to be cluster upon cluster of ripe, wild cherry tomatoes, glittering like rubies in the morning dew. Seeing his interest, the lady of the house quickly plucked some and presented them to my husband. She informed him that these cherry tomatoes propagated by birds grow wild in the estates of Coorg. As soon as he got home, he gave me the packet and I found the tomatoes utterly delicious. I washed and planted some seeds, and soon, we were having as many of these little darlings as we needed for ourselves, with more left to spare for our friends.
Amongst other dishes, I made some pickle with these organic tomatoes, and it turned out to be the crowning jewel of pickles. At once hot, savory and tangy, the little tomatoes pop in your mouth, releasing a blast of such incredible flavor, it is indescribable. I am gladly sharing the recipe with you. Do make and enjoy!