- Sharp paring knife
- Cutting board or other flat surface
- Medium size tomato (firm to the touch)
- Greens for added detail - mint, lettuce, sage, or other type of leaf
The key to successfully learning how to make a tomato rose is by using the right tool. A sharp paring knife is essential, as it allows you to control the depth and direction of your cuts. A dull blade will make it virtually impossible to create a pretty tomato rose.
- Firm and smooth
- No marks or blemishes. (Blemishes and marks make it more likely that the peel will break during the cutting process.)
- Good red color (although other shades of tomatoes can make beautiful roses as well!)
Generally, I buy vine ripened tomatoes because they seem to be a prettier shade of red and of a good size. Any size tomato can be used to make a rose, but I prefer ones that are about the size of a baseball or slightly smaller, mostly because they are easier to hold while peeling.