The tomatoes are here – they really are. Bahrain’s had a bumper harvest this year and prices have hit rock bottom. This this year’s harvest has been quite exceptional – and very colourful – and prompted organisers of the”Saturday Market” to hold a “Tomato festival”yesterday.
Though nowhere near the famous La Tomatina festival held in the Spainish Valencian town of Buñol, or the lesser known ones in Australia and Italy, this event was, nevertheless, unique to Bahrain where such a bumper crop of anything is rare to come by.
Though most of the tomatoes were sold as just that – tomatoes – some enterprising traders had set up stalls to sell tomato sauce, pickle, jam, pizza and other things.
One lady even had a kiosk selling T-shirts, caps, hats and mugs printed with “Tomato messages”.
And, of course, there weren’t enough tomatoes to throw around and squash in eatch others faces, as is so common in the Italian and Spanish events.
Meanwhile, just to show how “bumper” the harvest has been, below is a basket full of our own home tomatoes – organic at that – grown in the little garden we have.