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Grape Tomatoes
Grape Tomatoes For a great tasting snack, try Grape Tomatoes. Once you bite into this tomato, you will experience a burst of flavor that you will never be able to resist again. Since they are small and full of flavor, they are also a great way to get kids into eating tomatoes too.

Store tomatoes at room temperature. Do not refrigerate them. Tomatoes are ethylene producers; keep them away from ethylene-sensitive produce like cucumbers, greens, and lettuces.

FUN FACTS:
  • Although grape tomatoes were once considered a specialty item, they are now as common as bananas.

  • The first tomato plants grew wild in Peru and Northern Chile.

  • Grape tomatoes are about a half to a third the size of cherry tomatoes, and they're the perfect size for adding to salads because they are much easier to get on a salad fork.

  • Grape tomatoes are a labor-intensive crop to grow. Because of their size, it takes more time to pick them. Just like grapes in a vineyard, they form in clusters on a tomato vine, but need to be picked individually.

  • In Thailand, grape tomatoes, which are a hybrid of roma tomatoes, tear-drop tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes, are popular snack items that are eaten in place of peanuts in bars.

About John

John Darlington has been involved with produce for over half of his life, concentrating in smaller, local markets. Check out John's blog every month to learn what's new and exciting in the wonderful world of fresh produce.


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• A Year in Review
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• More to Find in Produce
• Broccoli Rabe vs. Broccolini
• The Genus Allium
• More for 2009!
• Oranges and Pears Abound
• Variety in Aisle One
• Holiday Fun
• Falling for Fall
• Don't Be Mad at the Avocado
• Summertime Drupes
• The Big Salad Bar Secret
• The Largest Citrus Fruit
• Red Bananas
• Flat Parsley vs. Curly Parsley
• Chinese White Ya Pear
• Sweet Potatoes vs. Yams
• Veggies for Game Day
• Honeybell Tangeloes
• New Arrival: Chayote Squash
• Grape Tomatoes
• Blood Oranges are Back


 


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