Kieran McCourt, Weavers Way Ambler
- There are three basic types: 1) Grape/cherry sized, 2) Romas/plums, 3) Slicers
- What we call “heirloom tomatoes” are really hybrids. We call them “heirlooms” mostly because they look different.
- You can (and should) refrigerate them! The advice not to refrigerate comes from the tomato industry, because most of the year they’re not optimally ripe when picked. (“Room temperature” is considered 68-70°, but most houses are above that in summer.)
- If you refrigerate, let the tomato come back to room temp before eating it.
- Store them stem end down to retain moisture.
- Roma tomatoes are great for sauce, because the proportion of meat to seed is higher.
Pro Tip: If you have an overabundance of cherry tomatoes, grill them on a sheet pan for oven-roasted taste without heating up the house.