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Tomato Rose

tomato rose

Tomato roses are quick and easy to make

Here is how to make a tomato rose. It’s a super simple garnish for beginners. In these two short free videos you will see how easy it is to make a tomato rose garnish for Valentines Day, or any romantic dinner.

You may have seen my other video on how to make a rose from citrus peels. This is essentially the same idea but pretty red color of tomato roses make them perfect for Valentines Day. When you make these yourself, you will find that tomatoes are easier to wind up and keep in place.

The size and shape of your tomato roses will vary based on the size and shape of your tomatoes. Oblong shaped Roma tomatoes tend to make for narrower and taller roses with not as many layers of “petals”. Larger rounder tomatoes will allow you to carve a longer strip. And, because to the curve of  a rounder tomato, you are likely to get a longer strip that is not as wide, which make a finished tomato rose that is a bit shorter in height but is wider and have more layers of ‘petals’.

It’s easier to show you than to tell you, so take a look at this quick video that will demonstrate what I mean. This first video shows how to make the tomato rose using a Roma tomato.

This second video shows exactly the same technique but with a larger rounder tomato.

For the best results start with a tomato that is firm rather than soft. And use a SHARP knife.

These tomato rose garnishes can be made ahead of time. After you complete them, seal in plastic or an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. These are best made the same day that you serve them but I have seen them still look good enough to serve the next day.

Have fun making your own tomato roses. It’s a fun unexpected surprise to add to and salad or on the side of a serving dish.

To how to make a more elaborate, but still really easy, flower bouquet from radishes, sign in below. You’ll be able to view this free lesson in my member’s only site. And I’ll keep you updated with fun fruit and vegetable carving ideas from time to time.

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16 Responses to Tomato Rose

  1. farida June 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    thank you so much you show how to make tomato rose, was wonderful, I enjoy it.

    • Sarita August 19, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

      Thanks for the tomato rose lesson. I eagerly wait for your mail.

  2. MARY JOSEPH March 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm #


  3. Lara December 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    I absolutely love your website!!!! I’ve made a few things now and want to make more!!!

    • Nita December 27, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

      Happy to hear it Lara.
      Have fun making more.

  4. Ada Elizabeth April 13, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    Dear Nita is wonderfull, for many times I dream with can make this and now enjoice many , my first bouquet of radishes and the flower onion ,I love this
    Thanks master.

  5. Rosie April 27, 2015 at 11:32 pm #

    Hey! Nita,
    I truly enjoy and appreciate your free lessons because they add more excitement into my learning.
    Thank you! Rosie (“,)

  6. Nafisa jivanjee January 3, 2016 at 7:45 am #

    Really thrilled watching ur free vedeos will make n try surely

    • Nita Gill January 4, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

      I’m glad that you enjoyed seeing it. Have fun making your tomato roses.

  7. Luann Ortmeier February 12, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

    I LOVE your lessons, you explain everything so all of us can understand it. I have tried a few of them & have gotten a lot of complements! THANK YOU!

    • Nita Gill February 13, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

      I’m so happy to hear that you are enjoying your lessons and getting compliments. It’s fun, isn’t it!?

  8. Patricia Robinson June 20, 2017 at 11:20 am #

    I Love your carving

  9. thankammadevarajan May 31, 2018 at 2:47 am #

    How beautiful to your simple kind of creativity of tomato roses. excellent.

    • Nita Gill May 31, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

      I’m glad that you enjoyed seeing this.


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