Tomatoes, native to the americas, are one of the most versatile and well-loved vegetables! They come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Some are better for eating raw and others better for sauce, but the most important thing is to make something you want to eat!
Store tomatoes at room temperature out of direct sunlight. Putting them in the fridge makes them mealy. When they give to a gentle squeeze, they are ready to eat. Tomatoes also freeze well (chopped), and can be canned in a water bath whole, chopped, or as sauce or salsa. Simply in Season has a few recipes for this.
Tomatoes are soft and juicy, so they generally don’t need much cooking time. If you’re making a sauce, you may need about an hour to slow-roast or boil them to reduce the juices, but if you’re just throwing them in a stir-fry or eggs, they only need a couple of minutes. One of our favorite summer dishes is a fresh tomato sauce or salsa served with pasta, rice, or tacos.