- Look for ones that are deep, bright red in color. If purchasing them from a store, opt for ones that look good, with few blemishes.
- Avoid purchasing tomatoes that are dull and discolored, or that have any small black spots, which could be a sign that it is rotten on the inside.
- Feel the tomato and look for ones that are firm, although not hard and not too soft.
- A fresh tomato should have a sweet, strong, earthy aroma near the stem. If possible, avoid buying tomatoes wrapped in plastic, which will prevent you from being able to touch and smell them.
- If you are growing tomatoes yourself, don¹t assume that those with blemishes need to be discarded. Start out by sorting the tomatoes by their visual appeal. Use the best-looking ones for things like salads, plainly sliced and served, stuffed, or grilled. Use the blemished tomatoes to make sauces.
- Simply grilling or roasting is a tasty way to enjoy spring tomatoes. Do a quick online search to find a variety of recipes for both methods.