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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 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 the 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 pasta, to sauces.
They need to stay at room temperature, ideally in a single layer out of direct sunlight. And most importantly for keeping them fresher longer, store them stem side down while they finish ripening.