I fell in love with Italy when I studied abroad in Firenze (Florence) way back in the late 90s. I love Italy. Tomatoes, not so much. I have never been a fan the beautiful red fruit, and I especially despised having to chop them up. Even with the proper tomato knife, I end up making a huge mess (I am not skilled with knives whatsoever). Because of this, I hardly ever bought fresh tomatoes. But since I know of all the great health benefits that tomatoes have, in my adult years I have always made a genuine effort to try to eat a little, mostly canned varieties.
To me, canned tomatoes taste worse than fresh tomatoes. They are bitter and tougher, but I still purchased cans for the convenience. That is, until I discovered the BPA in canned goods (especially those that have acidic contents like tomatoes). It didn’t take much for me to stop buying canned tomatoes, but that also meant that I had to buy fresh tomatoes and suffer through the chopping process. Needless to say, I didn’t buy many fresh tomatoes in the last few months, and a lot of times the ones I did buy spoiled while waiting to get used (an all too familiar occurrence in our household).
When I was asked to review Pomi’s boxed tomatoes, I actually jumped at the chance. My husband loves tomatoes, and I love the convenience of packaged tomatoes (less spoilage and less mess and suffering for me).
What is Pomi?
Pomi is a 100% all natural brand of boxed, garden ripened tomatoes straight from Italy. Because they are boxed, Pomi tomatoes are BPA free and have a prolonged shelf life. No pesticides, no GMOs, no preservatives, no water, no artificial flavors, no citric acid, no additives – simply tomatoes and nothing else. Low in sodium, too (10 mg sodium vs. 250-400 mg in its competitors). Pomi is also eco-friendly, practicing eco-sustainable agriculture and having recyclable packaging.
Seeing these boxes of Pomi took me back to Europe. Everywhere I went foods were more often seen packaged in boxes or glass. (Sigh.) I opened a package of Pomi chopped tomatoes and right away I was impressed with the smell and color. It resembled the freshness of a real tomato. Almost immediately, I was inspired to use it and threw together a last minute recipe I made up involving couscous, Pomi , asparagus, squash, and chicken sausage. I was so affected by the experience of it all that I added Pomi both to the sauce portion of the meal and to the couscous!
I can always taste tomatoes in my food, and there have only been a couple of times in my life where I have actually mildly enjoyed eating tomatoes. This was one of those times. In fact, my couscous was so yummy that my (preschool-aged) picky son and I forgot we were eating tomatoes. Ha!
The box is big and since it doesn’t have any additives, there are a lot of tomatoes compacted inside. So, one box can see you through multiple dishes. My only complaint is that I wish Pomi came in different sizes and had a convenient spout of some type.
When I started researching Pomi online, I noticed that their website showcases more varieties and sizes (and spouts!) than just the 26 ounce strained, chopped, and marinara sauce. Though not available for purchase in the US, I have been especially eyeing the Pomito sauces (basil and arrabbiata are both right up my alley). That just inspired me to make some “angry” pasta. Oh, this brings me back to Italy where I first discovered Penne Arrabbiata.
You can purchase Pomi at select stores (like Whole Foods) or online at Vitacost or Amazon. If purchased through Amazon by a case of 6 boxes, the price is under $0.20 per ounce, which is just over $5 per 26.455 oz box. With the current sale at Vitacost, that same case is less than $3.50 per box (just over $0.12/ounce).
WIN: Pomi is generously offering a reader ONE CASE of Pomi Chopped Tomatoes!!
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