One of the most important features of tomato fruit which - among other things - defines its suitability for particular culinary purposes is the size of the fruit. Tomatoes vary widely in fruit size. There are varieties with very large fruit weighing 2 or even 3 pounds or more, as well as tiny tomatoes the size of a pea. The following classification characterizes tomatoes in terms of the size of the fruit.
Tiny, currant or spoon tomatoes are the smallest tomatoes of the world. They grow up to about 10mm in diameter and have mostly round shape. However, recently-created new varieties can also be more elongated, like little grapes, and have pointy ends. Tiny tomatoes are great for garnish.
Cherry tomatoes are very small, 1-1.5 inch in diameter or 15-40g in waight fruits. Cherry tomatoes come in almost every shape these days - round, slightly flattend or elongated, pearshaped or with pointy ends. They can also be of any tomato color, both inside and outside. They often surprise with their delicious, sweet taste and are most often eaten fresh, as a snack or added to colorful summer salads.
Saladette type tomatoes weight from about 2-3 oz. (40-80g). They are perfect fo salads, but also great as a snack. Most of saladette type tomatoes are round in shape, but there are also varieties with elongated or slightly flattened fruits.
Small tomatoes weight from about 3-5 oz. (80-120g). This type of tomato fruit is great for salads or salsa. Small tomatoes can have different shapes and colors. Meaty, elongated small tomatoes are perfect for canning in whole and are great for all types tomato dishes through the winter.
Medium-fruited tomatoes are a very popular and popular group of varieties. This group includes varieties whose fruit weighs from 5 to 8 oz. (120-250 g). They work great as slicers. This group includes many commercial varieties, as this size of fruit is most sought after by customers.
Large tomatoes are varieties with fruits that range in weight from about 9 to 16 ounces. It is the most popular and favorite size of fruit by gardeners. This type of fruit is perfect both to be eaten fresh, especially on sandwiches and in salads, but also for cooking and making sauces or juices.
Extra Large tomatoes are varieties which can bare fruits that reach waight more than a pound to even 3 pounds. These are the most common beefsteak or sometimes an ox-heart type varieties. Most often they have an irregular shape and wavy shoulders. These varieties often have also moderate yield. Plants set less fruits, which are however very large.
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