Green Tomatoes

Green tomatoes have most of the same health benefits as red tomatoes, with almost the same amount of beta-carotene. Fried green tomatoes are a Southern standard, but did you realize you can also grill green tomatoes? In fact, they work much better on a grill than their red counterparts.

How to Select

Choose firm, smooth-skinned green tomatoes free from blemishes or bruises.

How to Store

Unripe tomatoes should be stored out of direct sunlight at room temperature until ripe for 3 or 4 days. Once ripe, tomatoes should be used within a day or two. Only refrigerate fully ripened tomatoes. Freeze or can for later use.

How to Prepare

Rinse in cold water. Chop or slice. Eat raw: Add to salads, sandwiches, and fresh sauces. Eat cooked: Steam, microwave, boil, sauté, stir-fry, roast, grill, braise, or simmer. Add to casseroles, soups, and stews. Dip in flour or cornmeal and fry, or stuff with fillings and bake.