Tomatoes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. They are highly versatile and depending on how they are used, can be sweet, savory or anywhere in between.
Look for tomatoes with maximum coloring that are plump with smooth skins and heavy for their size. They should be free of bruises, blemishes, deep cracks or leathery dark patches. Tomatoes should never be refrigerated until they have been cooked, have been cut or put into a raw dish like a salsa or are fully ripe and would spoil if left further at room temperature.
Always wash tomatoes before consumption or use. Tomatoes can be enjoyed in their natural state or cooked.