The Perfect Red Tomato
RED.. Is energising, excites the emotions and motivates us to take actions.
It’s also the colour of a perfectly ripe tomato.
Pre-packaged store bought tomatoes are often orange or a light salmon pink. What they lack in colour they also lack in flavour.
Nothing tastes like a fresh tomato! Picking tomatoes at the right time means you will get a fantastic flavour. Fully ripened fruit tastes much better than fruit picked early. Once a tomato is picked, it is cut off from its main oxygen source. Its sugars are now processed without a steady supply of oxygen and are converted into compounds that promote decay — ketones, aldehydes, and alcohols. Sugar decay impacts taste. Tomatoes simply won’t taste as good as those picked in their prime.
How to choose: Select tomatoes that are deeply coloured and firm enough, with a little give. Sniff all tomatoes if you can. If they’re missing that sweet, woody smell, leave them behind.
How to store: Keep tomatoes at room temperature on a plate; never store them in a plastic bag. If you want to speed the ripening process, put the tomatoes in a pierced paper bag with an apple, which emits ethylene gas, a ripening agent.
Shelf life: Once ripe, tomatoes will last two to three days.
Best uses: Tomatoes can be grilled, roasted, or sautéed.