So, there is nothing like a juicy ripe tomato this time of the year. Whether you’re at a local farmer’s market or a local grocery shop; you will see a variety of tomatoes ranging in color and size.

Juicy Ripe Tomato

Since we had a lot of rain and flooding recently; don’t fret. Now, is the perfect opportunity to still grow your own tomatoes. Although you may think you’re planting late; there is still time to enjoy freshly planted tomatoes.

With the warm sun, you know the Summer season is in full swing when you bite into a juicy ripe tomato.

Since it is peak season; there are an abundance of high quality tomatoes available. So, if you’re wondering how to find the best tomatoes; there are a few things you should look for.

  • No blemishes or bruises
  • Best in a deep red
  • A pale tomato could be lacking in flavor
  • If you see a dimple, skip the tomato.
  • Also, discoloration could lead to a lackluster flavor

In addition, you can always try the squeeze test. Tip of the day – a tip is a good tomato should feel firm. If it is easily squeezable, it may not be as fresh. Also, another test is to smell the tomato. Does it have s sweet, yet strong earthy odor?  At the same time, the stronger the scent is; the more flavor the tomato will have.

Fresh Tomato Recipes

For any foodie, you will be in a food coma with all the different colors and shapes available. Are you looking for a few new recipes? In my opinion, one of the best recipes for a hot day is gazpacho. For an easy recipe; Be sure to check out my Delicious Summer Tomato Recipes post.

Another simple tomato recipe is to make a caprese salad. To make this, all you need to do is to alternate tomatoes with mozzarella cheese and fresh basic. Also, you can get creative and use a skewer. Drizzle with extra light olive oil and a teaspoon of a good quality balsamic vinegar.

Another simple recipe is to slice your tomatoes thin; add a little bit of sea salt, black ground pepper and a teaspoon of light olive oil, and voila – the perfect juicy tomato.

In conclusion, experience delicious juicy ripe tomato flavors before the season disappears.

As always, I welcome your comments on your favorite juicy ripe tomato recipes.