A Field Guide to Summer’s Tomatoes

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Tomatoes 101

Tomato season is here! Summer’s tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes, from sweet cherry tomatoes to hearty heirlooms. Embrace the bounty, and learn how to make the most of each type with these tips.


Cherry TomatoesCHERRY


Sweet, small tomatoes that are easy to grow, even in small spaces. Eat them fresh in salads, toss them with pasta, bake in frittatas or tarts, or grill on kabobs.


Look for: Sweet 100, Sungold, Rambling Red Stripe, Sweet Olive, Black Cherry, Yellow Pear

Plum TomatoesPLUM


Oblong or pear-shaped tomatoes with a thick flesh. They are great for tomato sauce, tomato paste, dehydrating, roasting and canning.


Look for: Roma, San Marzano

Heirloom TomatoesHEIRLOOM
Flavorful tomatoes that come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes. They’re excellent for slicing, in salads, with fresh pasta or baked in tarts.
Look for: Early Girl, Green Zebra, Yellow Valencia, Big Pink
Beefsteak TomatoesBEEFSTEAK


Large to very large tomatoes that are great for slicing and using in sandwiches and salads, or drizzled with olive oil and vinegar.


Look for: Brandywine, Sunny Boy, Cherokee Purple


Find more tips and recipes in our tomato guide, and get all of our pointers for selecting, preparing and cooking with tomatoes.


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