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If you've ever wondered why tomatoes from the grocery store taste so flat and look so pallid, consider the source: Those that must stay in Publix or Winn-Dixie for days on end have been picked too soon but chemically treated to look ripe. You can really tell the difference between them and the tomatoes at Horn of Plenty (2903 N. Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors, 954-565-1550), where one bite proves the market's claim that these tomatoes have been farm-raised and picked at the peak of ripeness. One visit to this cute little place, which looks like a converted Dairy Queen, might also supply you with some boiled peanuts or a mini Florida-raised golden pineapple, the perfect size for a party of two. But it's the blood red fruit of this deliciously harmless member of the nightshade family that is the consistent draw.
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Jen Karetnick is an award-winning dining critic, food-travel writer, and author of the books Ice Cube Tray Recipes, Mango, and The 500 Hidden Secrets of Miami.
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