Tomatoes are one of the most fragrant and delicious treats that a summer garden has to offer. Indeed, I would even vote for them to be an official symbol of summer. Fresh off the vine, they are unmistakably sweet and flavorful. But there is one sure way to deactivate the power of this aromatic palate-pleaser...
Please don’t put your tomatoes in the fridge!
Ok, those pinkish ones you get at the grocery store in the middle of winter won’t suffer from refrigeration too much, because they were nearly tasteless and barely reminiscent of a tomato in the first place. [To be fair, some out-of-season tomato options are beginning to improve, but summertime is definitely still your best bet.]
A summer tomato will lose texture and flavor quickly if you keep it in the fridge. In just a day or two you’ll find that your in-season garden treat begins to develop a mealy texture and lose its signature scent of summer. Want to know why? The scientific answer is served up here.
Want to bring out the best in your tomatoes? Store them on the counter. Its really that simple. Having them out and visible will also remind you to enjoy tomatoes more often while they are most fresh and fragrant, all summer long.
PS — While we’re on the topic of chilling [or not chilling] produce, please keep your avocados, mangoes, plums and peaches [until they are fully ripe], as well as potatoes and onions out of the fridge too!
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