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A Guide to Tomatoes

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VARIETY FLAVOR/APPEARANCE SERVING SUGGESTION
Beefsteak
Large and bright red with an elliptical shape. Numerous seed cavities throughout the flesh. Slice these beauties to top hamburgers and layer on sandwiches. Also can be used to make striking stuffed baked tomatoes.
Campari Small and round (about the size of a golf ball). Vibrant red skin. Cut in half, hollow, and fill with chicken or tuna spread, or chop and add to an omelet or frittata.
Grape Small and bite-sized. Thick skin with a low water content flesh. Intense sweetness. Toss these sweet gems into pasta dishes, stir-fries, or green salads.
Heirloom Available in ripened colors of red, yellow, purple, striped, and white. Prized for their unspoiled lineage and intense flavor. Allow the flavor to shine through by slicing and sprinkling with kosher or sea salt and a little extra virgin olive oil.
Roma Elongated oval shape. Few seeds and a firm, dense flesh with low water content. Ideal for sauces, roasting, or sliced on a Margherita pizza.
Romanita A baby-sized Roma hybrid with the meatiness of a Roma and the sweetness of a grape tomato. Dice these meaty tomatoes for salsas, bruschetta toppings, or chicken chili.
Rosso Bruno Exterior is reddish-brown with hints of green. Rich and flavorful taste. Ideal for salads and sandwiches.
Strawberry Similar in size and shape to a strawberry. Meaty flesh and sweet flavor. Add to a crudités platter, use as a garnish, or make appetizer kabobs with a tomato, cube of cheese, and olive.
Vine-On Wishbone shaped and available in yellow, orange, and red. Meaty flesh. Perfect for a classic caprese salad with fresh mozzarella, a BLT sandwich, or tomato basil soup.

SOURCE: Lunds and Byerly's Culinary Experts - Real Food Magazine - Fall 2008