Vine ripened red tomatoes are possible early in the spring thanks to hot house growing systems. The greenhouse tomatoes that come in the Abundant Harvest Organics produce boxes are grown in a special potting mix made from compost and coconut coir. They are pollinated by bumblebees brought into the the greenhouses.
Greenhouse tomatoes can be used in fresh preparations or cooked.
Herbs that pair well with the flavor of tomatoes include basil, oregano, pepper, dill, marjoram, thyme, garlic, bay leaf, tarragon, chives, and parsley.
Whole, raw tomatoes can be hollowed out and stuffed with chicken or tuna salad. Serve sliced tomatoes on sandwiches, or in wedges in a salad.
Tomatoes don’t like to be cold, either when they are growing or after harvest. They’re best stored on the counter at room temperature away from direct sunlight. Keeping them in the fridge will give them a mealy texture and lessens their flavor. They should last a week to two weeks on a cool counter top.
Store cut tomatoes in an airtight container in the fridge.