Heirloom tomatoes are grown from seeds that have been passed down from generation to generation. Colors can range from deep purple to bright red and even lime green with stripes. Shapes and sizes vary and they usually aren’t perfectly round. Because of their special traits, heirlooms are generally grown by smaller farms rather than large producers so look for them at your local farmers market!
How to Select
Never mind their looks: Heirlooms are often misshapen and mottled, but this has no bearing on taste. And don’t be put off by cracked skins, as long as they aren’t leaking juice. Go for heft: Pick one up—it should feel heavy for its size. Take a whiff: Ripe heirlooms will have an earthy, green scent; avoid those that smell musty.
How to Store
Treat gently: Don’t pile them in a bag; the weight of one will squash another. Don’t refrigerate: Temperatures colder than 50ºF will destroy their flavor and texture.
How to Prepare
Wash & dice for a wonderful salad, sauce or salsa.