Tomatoes are botanically a fruit, but is commonly referred to as a vegetable because it’s used in savoury dishes.
Tomatoes are related to eggplants, capsicums, chillies and, that’s right, the potato, but they’re not at all like these other food. They have glossy, thin, smooth skin, with a juicy flesh containing numerous soft, edible seeds. It’s colour and shape vary considerably depending on our variety and where it comes from.
The most common red tomato is plump and round, about the size of a tennis ball, with a flattened top. Some varieties are heart-shaped, some are the size and shape of a ping pong ball, some are small and tear drop-shaped, whilst others are egg-shaped. Ccolours range from red to yellow-skinned with pink to yellow flesh.
Tomatoes are available all year round with the peak being from December to February.
Tomatoes are grown in nearly all regions around Australia.
Look for plump, heavy tomatoes with smooth skins. They should be free of bruises, blemishes, or deep cracks, although fine cracks at the stem ends of ripe tomatoes do not affect flavor. Make sure the leaves of greenhouse tomatoes are fresh and green.
Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C; useful source of vitamin E.
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