Snip It: The Best Way to Pick Cherry Tomatoes{13}

stem of cherry tomatoesMy heart belongs to the big ol’ Daddy tomatoes, the slicers, the small planets that make a BLT (and again, my heart) sing.  Sure  cherry tomatoes deserve some attention, but I treat them less like an entree and more like a snack food, which brings me to my ridiculously simple way of harvesting them. Instead of picking or plucking them individually off of the vine, I take scissors or pruners and cut the fruiting branch at the main stem and wrangle them all in one fell swoop, much like harvesting grapes.  Instead of picking 10 tiny tomatoes, I snip the stem and move on to the next cluster.

bowl of cherry tomatoesBenefits of cherry tomato cluster snip vs. the one-two pick:

  1. Easy harvest
  2. Cherry tomatoes last longer on the stem
  3. No fruit flies from split skins or stem tears
  4. Stem clusters allow for air circulation
  5. Piling on of single tomatoes causes mold and rot
  6. Healthy snack food to pluck from a bowl.
  7. Food for the eyes, too!

sweet green cherry tomatoesCherry tomatoes “egg yolk” are green and very sweet.

There you have it, almost as easy as freezing berries, and a simple technique to save you time and spoilage where tomato wee ones are concerned.