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Cherry tomatoes are generally much sweeter than large tomatoes. The size and color of cherry tomatoes have a wide range, as there are hundreds of varieties. The perfect cherry tomato will be, first and foremost, in season. It should be almost firm, thin, and smooth-skinned. The flavor will be a fine balance of sweet and tart. Like all tomatoes, cherry tomatoes can be classified based on how they grow, as their plants produce in two different forms: determinate or indeterminate. Determinate varieties grow on bush-like plants with short vines and bear just one crop per season, while indeterminate varieties are long, sprawling vine plants that bear fruit continuously throughout the season.
Pair cherry tomatoes with other ingredients that are in season. Complementary ingredients of the cherry tomatoes include fresh corn, chilies, watermelon, fresh cheeses, scallops, eggplant, okra, cucumbers, fresh nuts, avocados, zucchini, and herbs such as mint, arugula, and basil. Though cherry tomatoes are perfect for eating as-is fresh, cooking will enhance their sweetness and add depth to their flavor.
All varieties of cherry tomatoes should be stored away from direct sunlight at room temperature for approximately two to three days, or until ripe and ready to use, after which refrigeration can slow the process of decay and prevent them from ripening further. Bring chilled cherry tomatoes to room temperature before serving raw, or simply add to cooked preparations.