Cherry tomatoes are a smaller variety of the common garden tomato that are generally sweeter than larger fruits. Although usually red, yellow, green and black varieties also exist, and make a colourful addition to summery salads. ‘Grape’ tomatoes are a more elongated version of the cherry.
Cherry tomatoes are available year round but are at their best from June to October. Look for firm-fleshed, well-coloured fruit with clear skin and no signs of bruising.
Remove from any plastic packaging, and store at room temperature – refrigerating tomatoes can spoil their flavour. To freeze cherry tomatoes, it’s best to roast them first, or to make them into a sauce. They can also be preserved successfully bottled in oil.
Article by Felicity Cloake