One definition of luxury: having so many tomatoes in your garden or at the farmer's market that you can afford to use some while they're green.
Green tomatoes are just immature ones that will turn red, orange or yellow if allowed to ripen. They're firmer and have a stronger, tarter taste than ripe tomatoes.
They can be used in a number of ways. You can use them in place of or with green apples in chutneys and in pickle-type relishes. With a little lemon juice, they can substitute for tomatillos (a small, green cousin of the tomato that's widely used in Mexican green sauces and other dishes).
But, as any Southerner knows, the ultimate way to eat green tomatoes is to batter and fry them. And when you do that, you can make a culinary treat offered at a few discerning restaurants. Substitute cornmeal-crusted tomatoes for ground beef, and you have Fried Green Tomato Burgers.
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