Round in shape, with a bright red shiny skin, red pulp and whitish seeds. Tomatoes on the truss, are popular. Small, medium and large tomatoes are sold on the truss. There are many different vine varieties; as a general rule vine varieties have a very intense flavour.
What to look for
Choose smooth, firm and plump tomatoes with an even colour and no blemishes. For best flavour make sure the fruits are fully red.
Tomatoes should be stored at room temperature out of direct sunlight. It will keep the full flavour of the tomatoes. Refrigerate only if they are over ripe.
Ways to eat
Tomatoes are very versatile, they can be eaten raw as snacks, in salads and sandwiches. They can be used in soups, pizzas, omelettes, braises and stews. Tomatoes preserve well and are easily frozen and bottled, made into homemade sauces, chutneys, and dried or sundried. Tomatoes are complemented by many herbs, especially basil.
Boil, braise, barbecue/char grill, microwave, slow roast, stir fry.