How to Cut a Decorative Tomato

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How to Cut a Decorative Tomato
Decorative tomatoes in the style of a rose make an impressive garnish. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Decorative tomatoes can make all the difference in the presentation of food. Not only do they look great served with a salad, but they also make an impressive garnish for many cold starters or small dishes. Cutting a decorative tomato in the shape of a rose is relatively easy to do, although it may take a little practice.

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Things you need

  • 1 tomato per rose
  • Paring knife

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  1. 1

    Select medium-sized, bright-red tomatoes. Not only will these be easier to peel, but they will also provide the striking red colour necessary for an impressive garnish. Thoroughly wash the tomatoes before beginning.

  2. 2

    Use a large paring knife to peel away the tomato's skin, from the top stem end to the bottom, in one continuous spiral. Leave the tomato to one side.

  3. 3

    Carefully roll the strip of tomato skin tightly, with the shiny (outer) side facing outwards.

  4. 4

    Carefully place the roll of tomato skin on a clean, flat surface and make any adjustments necessary to resemble a flower. Make one tomato rose per person and serve with a salad or cold starter.

Tips and warnings

  • Peeling the tomatoes in a continuous strip can be tricky at first. Try practicing on an orange, as they are less fiddly.
  • Take care when using sharp knives.

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