VINE RIPENED TOMATOES
When buying tomatoes, "vine-ripened" means a technique for harvesting. It does not – unfortunately – mean that the tomatoes have been harvested when perfectly ripe and bursting with flavor.
Vine-ripened tomatoes are harvested just as their red color is breaking. Keeping the attachment to the vine intact all the way to the shop results in a different – supposedly better – ripening process.
Keep in mind
These tomatoes are allowed to ripen for a longer time still united to their vine, but without it the ripening process (in the shop or in your kitchen) will come to a standstill.
How to cook vine ripened tomatoes
Just as you cook other– and hoping that you are getting a little more ripeness and flavor for your money.
A tomato salad with Buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil.