Tempting us with its bright color and distinctive sweet and slightly acidic flavor. It’s that old favorite, the tomato.
Shopping and Storing Tips
No matter which variety you come across, this time of year finds tomatoes at their peak. Look for those that are plump and heavy for their size. Pass over ones with bruises, mold, or discoloration. At home, store in a single layer away from direct sun. Don’t keep tomatoes in the fridge, though—it diminishes their flavor and texture.
Fun, Flavorful Uses
It’s interesting to note that red tomatoes tend to have a more tomato-y flavor than orange or yellow tomatoes. No matter which variety or color you have on hand, there are many ways to prepare this versatile fruit (commonly, though mistakenly, considered a vegetable). Ripe ones are good in salsas, gazpachos, stir-fries, sandwiches, and salads. Add fresh tomatoes to pasta and pizza in place of jarred tomato sauce. Instead of bell peppers, stuff a hollowed-out tomato with brown rice, couscous, or quinoa, and bake for an interesting side dish or main course. And try roasting tomatoes to bring out their natural sweetness and a pleasantly smoky flavor.