Tomato Facts

What you need to know about the classic tomato.

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Tomato Facts

Types of tomatoes and their uses

Cherry Tomatoes: Thanks to their sweet and tangy flavor, cherry tomatoes are one of the most versatile types of tomatoes. They are delicious cooked, roasted, or raw. Try these tomatoes in salads, bruschetta, and on pizza!

Red Beefsteak Tomatoes: These large and colorful tomatoes have a mild traditional flavor. From salsas to sauces to dips and more, red beefsteak tomatoes are a classic favorite.

Green Beefsteak Tomatoes: Don’t forget about the uncommon green beefsteak tomato. Its tangy crunch makes for great baking, juicing, and pickling!

Grape Tomatoes: Don’t let their small size fool you – grape tomatoes are packed with flavorful juices and a meaty core, perfect for roasting, grilling, or on sandwiches!

Roma Tomatoes: Full of garden-fresh tomato flavor, roma tomatoes are perfect for classic sauces and stews.

Heirloom Tomatoes: Traditional heirloom tomatoes come in many different sizes and colors. Their sweet or tangy taste lends well to grilling, roasting, or simply raw.

How to pick good tomatoes at the grocery store

Choose tomatoes that are plump and feel heavy for their size. Their skin should be soft and free of deep cracks and bruises. Try the smell test: the tomato should have a sweet and earthy smell – the stronger the smell, the more flavor it has. Only buy ripe tomatoes if you plan to eat them immediately.

How to store tomatoes

Place unripe tomatoes on a dry countertop at room temperature and stem side down. Store ripe or overripe tomatoes in the refrigerator – it will slow down the ripening process. If stored in the refrigerator, place them on the counter for a few hours before eating.

Nutritional benefits of tomatoes

Adding tomatoes into your regular diet could reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer because they are high in antioxidants. They are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium.

There are so many delicious ways to prepare and eat tomatoes. Here are some of our favorites:

• Homemade Bruschetta
• Make soup with raw or cooked tomatoes
• Stuffed Tomatoes
• Dried Tomatoes
• Fried Green Tomatoes
• Roasted Tomatoes
• Pickled Tomatoes
• Sliced and seasoned with salt and pepper

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