Nothing tastes better than a fresh, juicy tomato! Vine-ripened, peak season tomatoes are available at local stores and farmers’ markets from July through October in Colorado. Greenhouse tomatoes can also be a source of fresh and juicy tomatoes year-round. 

Health Benefits 

Enjoy tomatoes and benefit from a wide variety of cancer-fighting antioxidants, including lycopene, beta carotene, and vitamin C.

Selection and Storage of Fresh Tomatoes

  • Select tomatoes that are rich in color, smooth, and free from bruises or cracks.
  • Tomatoes should be heavy for their size and semi-firm.
  • Store tomatoes at room temperature away from direct sunlight, with the stem end down to prolong shelf life.
  • Tomatoes taste better if not refrigerated; however, refrigeration can prolong storage life if you would otherwise not be able to use them before they spoil at room temperature.

Preparing Fresh Tomatoes 

  • Rinse tomatoes under clean, running water.
  • Use a sharp knife to remove the core, then slice or dice for the recipe or dish being prepared. Or, enjoy fresh tomatoes as a great snack!
  • Serve and/or cover, and refrigerate cut tomatoes within 2 hours.

Purchasing Other Tomato Products

Look for these additional nutritious tomato products in the canned vegetable aisle of your grocery store: 

  • Tomato sauce: Best known with pasta dishes, tomato sauces are primarily made from tomatoes, but they may contain meat or other vegetables and seasonings.     
  • Tomato paste: A concentrated form of tomatoes that adds tomato flavor without adding extra liquid, and can thicken a sauce or act as a binder.
  • Canned tomatoes: Available in a variety of sizes and seasoning combinations, from whole to diced. These provide a great option for enjoying tomatoes throughout the winter months.

Incorporate the rich color and taste of tomatoes into your next meal!

Did You Know?

Tomatoes are a fruit. 

A tomato is grown from the ovary in the base of a flower, contains seeds, and is botanically considered a fruit. 

However, tomatoes are commonly used in savory cooking dishes and are often referred to as a vegetable in culinary settings.