A Guide to the Best Types of Tomatoes
Types of Tomatoes
From big, juicy beefsteaks to petite, concentrated cherry varieties, our fresh produce department is overflowing with delicious tomatoes all year long. While they’re technically classified as a fruit, most people think of tomatoes as the perfect veggie addition to serve fresh or to cook into sauces, stews and other warm dishes. It doesn’t matter which types of tomatoes you like best, because they all come with a burst of rich umami flavor, and add savory goodness to every dish you create.
- Beefsteak tomatoes have a high water content, which makes them a great addition to sandwiches, and an ideal base for your favorite salsa recipe.
- Cherry tomatoes add color and snappy flavor to raw or cooked dishes. Try skewering them on a kabob the next time you grill, or throwing them on a sheet pan for a quick and easy accompaniment to any protein (oven-roasted tomatoes, anyone?).
- Grape tomatoes are a good choice if you’re making a fresh sauce or cooking up a selection of veggies for pasta primavera. They hold their texture when cooked, and are champs at standing up to the heat of a grill, stovetop or oven.
- Heirloom tomatoes encompass multiple varieties, but no matter which you choose, there’s nothing like the flavor of a just-picked heirloom. Experiment with the different types to find your favorite.
- Campari tomatoes are bigger than a cherry but smaller than a plum, and hit the “sweet spot” for well-rounded flavor. Up your appetizer game by using these beauties on homemade bruschetta.
- Roma tomatoes, also known as Italian plum tomatoes, are your go-to for densely flavored sauces, thanks to their low water content.
- Tomatoes on the vine are hard to beat when you’re searching for the freshest possible taste. They can make a stunning presentation when quick-roasted and served with a sprinkling of salt and herbs.
- Green tomatoes are the perfect choice if you’d like to expand your tomato repertoire. Use them to whip up a colorful frittata or to make fried green tomatoes, a true Southern treat.
How to Use Tomatoes
If you’re wondering what to do with tomatoes, you’ll be glad to know that they don’t require elaborate preparation. Just wash, core, chop and they’re ready to go. Some sauce recipes might call for you to skin tomatoes, which is easy to do by cutting an “x” on the bottom, dipping them into boiling water and then slipping off the skins. If a recipe asks for “seeded tomatoes,” cut them into quarters to remove both the seeds and the jelly-like substance around them.
Health Benefits of Tomatoes
Are tomatoes good for you? Yes, they certainly are! No matter which type of tomato you’ve selected, these foods, which were once known as “love apples,” are low in calories, high in fiber and rich in antioxidant compounds. Choose your favorite from red, yellow, green, orange, “zebra striped” and purple varieties; each delivers the antioxidant lycopene in every bite. And that’s not all – tomatoes also contain vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.
Whether you say “tomAYto” or “tomAHto,” you’re going to love using fresh tomatoes in all your favorite recipes. If you’ve just purchased some beauties and are wondering what do with them, Kroger has you covered, with more than 2,000 recipes in which tomatoes take the lead.