Orange cherry tomatoes, like many cherry tomato varieties, are smaller and sweeter than large tomatoes, however they are distinguished by their orange complexion, resulting from a mutation. The recessive mutant allele is referred to as ?tangerine,? named for the orange fruit variety where the gene was first discovered. This mutation causes a build-up of the orange pigment prolycopene, and results in the unique coloration of the tomato. Orange cherry tomato plants are classified as an indeterminate variety as they are long, sprawling vine plants that bear fruit continuously throughout the season. The plants are extremely abundant, producing high-yield clusters of the cherry-sized, sweet and flavorful tomatoes.
With their inherently sweet flavor, Orange cherry tomatoes are great for eating fresh, but they can also be used in nearly any recipe that calls for cherry tomatoes. Cooking the tomatoes just until the start of burst will intensify their sweetness while preserving some of their texture. Orange cherry tomatoes add a pop of color and flavor to a diversity of dishes, from salads, to pastas, to sauces. Tomatoes and cheese are a perfect pairing to top crostini for a summer snack. Try topping crostini with lightly broiled Orange cherry tomatoes and ricotta cheese, or toss the tomatoes with garlicky toasted bread cubes, olive oil, vinegar, and basil to make a summery panzanella.