Tomatoes - Cherry
Bite-size and delicious, cherry tomatoes are great in a salad, roasted with lamb, or served as a snack!
How do we make sure we provide top quality cherry tomatoes?
Simple – we grow them ourselves! Sam draws on 3 generations of horticultural experience to grow delicious, flavoursome and gourmet cherry tomatoes. We only hand-pick cherry tomatoes if it is plump and heavy for its small size (density is a good indicator of freshness). We also make sure the tomatoes have a firm, shiny skin (no wrinkles or blemishes). We then pass them through an aroma test – the tomato should have a slight, crisp aroma which increases with ripeness (tomatoes which don’t have this were probably picked when immature and won’t sweeten well as they ripen). The tomato should also yield slightly to the touch, to guarantee taste.
Where do we source our cherry tomatoes from?
Our cherry tomatoes usually come direct from our farm – planted, cultivated and hand-picked by Sam and the team. It thrives in our quick-draining and nutrient rich soils, however when conditions aren’t favourable to growing them on our farm (due to seasonality, crop rotation etc) we source them from Goulburn Valley and Sunraysia districts. With near-perfect conditions and a number of established growers; the tomatoes from around these areas are among the best around!
What is the best way to keep cherry tomatoes?
Cherry tomatoes store best in the fridge in the packaging which they’re supplied in. Remove an hour or so before eating, to enhance their flavour. If you want to ripen them quickly, leave them out of the fridge, their best ripening temperatures are between 18°C and 21°C; with a relative humidity between 90%-95%. Also, don’t store them in direct sunlight; sunlight tends to ripen them unevenly.
Cherry tomatoes nutritional information
Tomatoes are high in vitamin C and vitamin A. They are also a fantastic source of lycopene, a compound which has demonstrated cancer inhibiting properties (notably prostate cancer), and may also help prevent heart disease. Tomatoes are also high in beta-carotene, a carotenoid that offers protection against heart disease and cataracts. You can make the nutrients of a tomato more accessible to your body by slightly cooking it, eating it when ripe, and eating it with a little olive oil!
Cherry tomatoes serving tips and suggestions
You can ripen slightly unripe tomatoes by placing them in a paper bag with a banana or a pear. The ethylene emitted by the banana or pear helps to ripen the cherry tomato quickly.