Guide to Buying Tomatoes

A Guide to Buying the freshest and most delicious tomatoes

When buying tomatoes be sure to find the ones that are not too hard, and not too soft. To buy the perfect tomatoes you are looking Look for vibrantly colored tomatoes.  Perfect tomatoes should have a strong, earthy aroma when you smell them.

My favorite place to buy tomatoes:

Our local farmers’ market is a wonderful place to find heirloom slicing and cherry tomatoes which are available in many unusual colors and shapes. Not only does the farmers’ market have great fresh organic selection but they are always much more affordable getting so much more for your money. If you haven’t been to your local farmers’ market look into them and see if your city has one local to you.

Tips for Storing tomatoes:

Tomatoes are best stored at room temperature, and work great in a big bowl on your kitchen counter top.  Refrigeration is not a good place for tomatoes as it disrupts both the flavor and texture of tomatoes. If your tomatoes are starting to become overripe, they can be chopped up for a sauce or soup, or salsa.

My favorite tomato Preparation:

My most favorite loved recipe with fresh tomatoes is bruschetta.  It is such a quick and simple dish and takes no time at all.  You want to chop up your tomatoes, you can do this by hand or in a food processor. Then take a bowl and combine the tomatoes with fresh chopped organic basil, minced organic garlic, and sea salt and pepper to taste. Lightly toast slices of rustic Italian bread in the oven or on an outdoor grill. Then take your bread and brush one side of the toasts with extra virgin olive oil, and top with the tomato mixture. This recipe is quick, healthy and delicious and makes a great snack or appetizer.


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