Tomato – Picking and Storing

tomatoes heirloom in bowlAlthough tomatoes are available year-round, they are best when eaten at the height of their natural season, usually June through September.  Local Maryland Tomatoes are at their Peak RIGHT NOW!!

Choosing Your Tomato

How often have we all bought perfect looking tomatoes only to bite into flavorless mush? Once is one time too often, quite frankly.

Look – Don’t worry about tomatoes with weird shapes. Even cracked skin is okay, but leaking juice and soft spots are not.

Feel – Choose tomatoes that feel heavy for their size.

Smell – Tomatoes should smell earthy and tomato-y, never musty or flat.

Storing

Treat tomatoes gently, especially Heirloom tomatoes, which tend to be quite fragile. All tomatoes keep best unwashed at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. Store ripe tomatoes at room temperature for up to 3 days. If they are slightly unripe, put them in a sunny place for several days, and they will ripen further. Although whole tomatoes should not be refrigerated, cut tomatoes, wrapped in plastic wrap or waxed paper, should be refrigerated.

 

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