Certified Organic Grape Cherry Tomato
Red Grape tomatoes are small in size, averaging 1 to 2 centimeters in diameter and 2 to 5 centimeters in length, and have an elongated, oblong to oval shape. The tomatoes also grow in large bunches of approximately twenty fruits, and the skin is smooth, taut, firm, and glossy, showcasing bright red hues when ripe. Underneath the surface, the pale red-orange flesh is dense with a drier, meaty texture, encasing a central chamber filled with a pale green-red fluid suspending tiny, yellow seeds. Red Grape tomatoes are somewhat firm to the touch when ripe and have a crunchy, soft consistency with a high sugar content. The tomatoes contain a sweet, tangy, and subtly earthy flavor with rich, savory-sweet notes.
Red Grape tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A to maintain healthy organ functioning and are a good source of vitamin C to reduce inflammation, boost collagen production, and strengthen the immune system. The small tomatoes also contain lycopene, a natural compound that gives the flesh its red hue and has antioxidant-like properties to protect the body from disease. Beyond vitamins, Red Grape tomatoes are a source of fiber to regulate the digestive tract and contain lower amounts of iron and calcium.
Red Grape tomatoes have a sweet, bright flavor and a bite-sized nature well suited for both fresh and cooked preparations. The oblong tomatoes can be served whole on appetizer platters with creamy dips, pierced for caprese skewers, or consumed whole as a sweet, tangy snack. In Asia, some bars serve bowls of fresh Grape tomatoes as a healthy alternative to the common salted peanut. Red Grape tomatoes can also be sliced in half and tossed into salads, chopped and mixed into grain bowls, used as a topping over pizza, or cut for salsa and pasta sauce. In addition to fresh preparations, Red Grape tomatoes can be incorporated into any recipe calling for cherry tomatoes or tomatoes in general and are popularly stewed, grilled, roasted, or sauteed. The tomatoes can also be chopped and stuffed into bell peppers, mixed into pasta, roasted in savory dishes, or blanched, pureed, and made into soups and sauces. Beyond using the tomatoes whole or sliced, Red Grape tomatoes can be processed into jams, ketchup, and compotes. Red Grape tomatoes pair well with herbs such as basil, fennel, oregano, and parsley, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, cucumbers, corn, cheeses including goat, feta, mozzarella, and parmesan, and meats such as turkey, poultry, beef, pork, and fish. Whole, unwashed Red Grape tomatoes should be immediately consumed for the best quality and flavor. The tomatoes can also be stored at room temperature for 2 to 5 days in a plastic clamshell or paper bag.
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