There may be no greater symbol of a Southern summer than juicy red tomatoes fresh off the vine.
Whether they’re ripening up on your windowsill or in a fruit carton from a local stand, plump summer tomatoes are both refreshing and easy to incorporate in everyday meals.
Facts about Tomatoes
Keep Them Cool, Not Cold.
There’s no need to place your tomatoes in the fridge. If you do, you run the risk of decreasing the tomato’s flavor and texture (think dull and mealy). Instead, keep your tomatoes on the counter away from sunlight. Ripe tomatoes retain their quality for two to three days when stored at room temperature.
Did you know?
The tomato was designated the official state fruit of Tennessee in 2003.