The Fourth-of-July tomato plant produces smallish fruit (about 3 inches) with a nice tartness--perfect for salsa. And, yes, they really do ripen early: in time for Independence Day. That holiday is also a good time to have incendiary firecracker chiles, which are ornamental as well as delicious and grow well in pots.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a bowl, combine the tomatoes with the onion, cilantro, chiles, garlic and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.

Step 2

Wine Recommendation: The lime accents and spiciness of this tomato salsa point to a relatively simple, bright, cooling lager from Mexico, such as Tecate or Corona.

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