Nothing tastes better than a fresh, juicy tomato! Vine-ripened, peak season tomatoes are available at local stores and farmers’ markets from July through October in Colorado. Greenhouse tomatoes can also be a source of fresh and juicy tomatoes year-round.

Health Benefits

Boost your antioxidants with tomatoes and benefit from a wide variety of cancer fighting nutrients including lycopene, beta carotene, and
vitamin C.

Selection and Storage of Fresh Tomatoes

  • Select tomatoes that are rich in color, smooth, and free from bruises or cracks.
  • Tomatoes should be heavy for their size and semi-firm.
  • Store tomatoes at room temperature away from direct sunlight, with the stem end down to prolong shelf life.
  • Tomatoes taste better if not refrigerated; however, refrigeration can prolong storage life if you would otherwise not be able to use them before they spoil at room temperature.

Preparing Fresh Tomatoes

  • Rinse tomatoes under clean running water.
  • Use a sharp knife to remove the core, then slice or dice for the recipe or dish being prepared.
  • Serve and/or cover and refrigerate cut tomatoes within 2 hours.

Purchasing Other Tomato Products

Look for these additional nutritious tomato products in the canned vegetable aisle of your grocery store:

  • Tomato Sauce: Best known with pasta dishes, tomato sauces are primarily made from tomatoes, but may contain meat or other vegetables and seasonings.      
  • Tomato Paste: A concentrated form of tomatoes that adds tomato flavor without adding extra liquid, and can thicken a sauce or act as a binder.
  • Canned Tomatoes: Available in a variety of sizes and seasoning combinations—from whole to diced.  Provide a great option for enjoying tomatoes throughout  the winter months.

Incorporate the rich color and taste of tomatoes into your next meal!