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Here’s Why You Should Try Putting Tomatoes In Ice Cream

Ice cream is a popular dessert staple all over the world and it comes in various varieties. In this short brief we explore why tomatoes should have a place in your ice cream so be sure to read till the end.

By Cookist

While the most common flavors of ice cream are vanilla and chocolate, there are more varieties of ice cream made with salty, savory and outright peppery flavors.

Among the varieties of flavors ice cream could have, one of the most uncommon ones is the variety that requires tomatoes.

Yes, tomatoes are usually linked with burger toppings and Caprese salads, but they actually make a refreshing and tangy batch of ice cream.

Of course it sounds a little unusual, but many cultures across history have enjoyed this flavor.

Tomato ice cream was popular in the Soviet Union in the 70s and is still popular on places across Korea and in Italy where it's called gelato al pomodoro.


The ice cream base serves as a creamy landscape that perfectly complements the bright flavors of tomatoes. The sweetness is balanced by the tomato's tangy, slightly acidic undertones.

You can make this ice cream in various ways but the simplest method is to blend the custard base with puréed tomatoes or tomato paste in an ice cream machine.

You can experiment with various ways to integrate tomatoes into — or onto — your ice cream. You can caramelize your tomatoes into a compote with butter, a touch of sugar, and herbs, and either mix it into your custard base or serve it warm in a bowl of vanilla.

The tomato Ice cream can be sweet and lively on its own; however if you want to enhance it, there are plenty of methods.

One of the easiest ways to enhance it is to garnish it with fresh basil. This brings an aromatic flair to each bite.

For a more lasting basil kick, you could try churning in basil syrup or honey as you make the ice cream. You can

also use a touch of sea salt and pepper to liven things up.

Other options include drizzling balsamic glaze onto a scoop of tomato ice cream. Or integrate some fruity richness with a fig and balsamic reduction. Either way, you're sure to have a swell time creating the delicious treat.

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