tomatoes; photo by Edwin Remsberg, USDAChoose: Plump, unblemished fruits with a distinct tomato smell. One medium
tomato chopped equals about 1/2 cup.

Store: Tomatoes that are unripe but slightly pink should be stored in indirect light or in a paper bag to ripen. Ripe tomatoes should be kept in the refrigerator and used within a week.

How to use: Wash well and eat raw or cooked in your favorite recipe.


For more recipes and nutrition and preparation information, see Tomatoes, Bulletin #4178. Part of UMaine Extension’s Vegetables and Fruits for Health series. Includes “how to” video.

For information about preserving tomatoes, see Let’s Preserve Tomatoes, Bulletin #4085 (includes “how to” video), and Canning Fruits & Tomatoes In a Boiling-Water-Bath Canner, Bulletin #4381.