Mixed baby tomatoes Grown by Riverford's Devon Polytunnels at Buckfastleigh, Devon

£3.60 / 300g

About

Add a splash of colour to your plate with our organic baby tomatoes. Superbly sweet, juicy and bursting with flavour. We tried lots of varieties before settling on our favourites. Alongside the classic red baby plums and cherry tomatoes, there are two sumptuous orange varieties, Panchito and Tango, and the russet-coloured Sun Chocolate.

Local isn’t always best! Many UK tomatoes are grown under heated glass out of season, at huge environmental cost. We grow tomatoes at home June – mid-September, then truck over naturally sun-ripened ones from our friend Paco in Spain. This uses just a tenth of the carbon compared with growing them in the UK using heat.

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UK Seasonality

Our season lasts from June to mid-September. The rest of the year tomatoes come from our Spanish growers. Local isn’t always best! Many tomatoes are grown under heated glass out of season, at huge environmental cost. When we can’t grow tomatoes at home without heat, we truck over naturally sun-ripened ones from our grower Paco Locano in Spain. In a project with Exeter University, we discovered that this uses just a tenth of the carbon compared with growing them in the UK using heat.
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For salsa, chop, add red onions, green herbs, a squeeze of lemon, vinegar and sugar. Season, and voilà!
- Riverford cooks

How to prepare

When tomatoes are at their peak, it’s a shame to cook them – a drizzle of oil and a sprinkle of salt is really all you need (through basil, mozzarella and red wine vinegar are classic additions).

If you’re going to cook them, the key is to go long and slow to intensify their flavour. Our favourite methods are to slowly stew them into a rich sauce or slow-roast them in the oven.

Storage

Delivered from our farm, so wash before cooking. Best kept out of the fridge and on a cool veg rack. Underripe tomatoes can be kept at room temperature, very ripe in the fridge – but bring to room temperature before eating for flavour.

Class

Our tomatoes are sold as class 2. This means that they might not look cosmetically perfect, but they are grown for the very best flavour. (We have to tell you this to satisfy some EU rules).

  • Grown by Riverford's Devon Polytunnels, Buckfastleigh, Devon

    Riverford on Wash Farm is our Devon home, and has been for over 30 years. As well as growing lots of veg outdoors in the fields, we have several acres of polytunnels. Protected from the weather, we grow summery treats such as cherry tomatoes, award-winning mini cucumbers, fresh basil, lots of colourful chilli peppers, and more.

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