The ultimate, gourmet version of the common tomato, with its leaf-like calyx and stem (vine) left on for extra freshness and flavour.

Tomatoes sold on the vine are a relatively new concept, adopted from the markets of the Mediterranean, to ensure maximum freshness and flavour.

TOMATO, VINE are classed as a fruit.


As a general rule when buying tomatoes, bright red tomatoes are for immediate use, and pale pink for future use.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 31 kcal, 129 kJ; protein 0.5g; carbohydrate 7.2g; fat 0.4g.


Wipe tomatoes with damp kitchen paper. Leave on vine or remove and slice or chop.


Tomatoes that are slightly green should colour up if left in a warm place, preferably in the sun, for a couple of days. Never store tomatoes in a refrigerator - it kills the flavour.


Select firm tomatoes with a bright unblemished skin. They should have a subtle, spicy-sweet aroma. Avoid tomatoes that are soft, lacking in colour or have split. Make sure they are fully ripe before eating - they must turn from green to red.

Fun Fact

The tomato is a member of the deadly nightshade family.


Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.