French Tomatoes
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Fruits & Vegetables

French Tomatoes

Every year, they accompany our meals from the first days of summer to September. And for good reason! As well as a variety of textures and flavors, these fruit-cum-vegetables bring an undeniable freshness and other proven benefits to the table. Especially as French producers have been taking a particularly conscientious approach for some years now. 

Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
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Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
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What you need to know

Originating from South America, the tomato conquered Europe in the 16th century. Its development has continued ever since. So much so, that there are now thousands of varieties. They range from the diminutive cherry tomatoes to vine tomatoes, which share the same stalk, round, regular varieties, elongated, even oblong-shaped tomatoes; and those with a heart shape or ribbed appearance. Cultivation methods are just as varied: tomatoes are grown in greenhouses, to guarantee an ideal climate; off the ground, in order to limit water consumption; and finally in the open field. Whatever method they choose, French producers take great care. For a long time now, their commitment to developing responsible production, protecting water resources, recovering or eliminating crop waste and the traceability of products have been contributing to the quality of French production. The result is very different organoleptic profiles and, in fact, a thousand and one ways to work with them in the kitchen. With French tomatoes, anything is possible! 

Characteristics

Look In general, a smooth, fairly shiny and unblemished skin is a first criterion of quality. Otherwise, each variety has its own characteristics. A green color for the round, stripy versions like the Green Zebra, glowing yellow for the ribbed tomatoes of the Pineapple variety, or pinkish red for the Aumônières, better known as Cœur de Bœuf.
Touch When ripe, tomatoes should yield to the touch.
Taste Where to start? There are flavours to suit every palate, from very sweet and fragrant to tangy or very fruity.

Nutritional benefits

Not only are tomatoes low in calories, they’re packed with antioxidants! 

Editor's note

« When Europe discovered the tomato in the 16th century, it was actually an ornamental vegetable, perfect for decorating arbors. It was not until the 18th century that the tomato made it to our plates and revealed all its gastronomic qualities! »

How to use

Storing French Tomatoes

Contrary to popular belief, tomatoes should be stored at room temperature, for a maximum of 3 to 4 days. 

Preparing French Tomatoes

Give your tomatoes a quick wash in clean water. The stalks should also be removed. Depending on the recipe you are using, it is also sometimes preferable to “blanch” the tomatoes, in other words to remove their skin by immersing them for in a pot of simmering water for a few moments before passing them under cold water. 

Pair with

Combine with peppers, eggplant, zucchini, strawberries, watermelon, olives, fresh herbs or beef. A white Cheverny is the accompaniment of choice. 



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