How Long Do Tomatoes Last?

Many of our customers are surprised to find that their tomatoes don’t last as long as they expected them to after purchase. They have probably bought other varieties of tomatoes and have found that they last longer or they’ve noticed lately that Tasti-Lee Tomatoes aren’t lasting as long. There are many factors that go into how long tomatoes last. We’d like to share them with you.

118_Truss_03Garden vs. Greenhouse Grown – Greenhouse grown tomatoes are pumped with fertilizers that help them grow big and turn a deep red color. They look great and when they are picked and packaged, they normally can last longer because of the chemicals they received while growing. Garden tomatoes, such as the ones you purchase from us, are not boosted with potentially dangerous chemicals. They are grown in their natural state. They are just like the ones you pick from your garden. Since they do not have these chemicals inside of them, they may not last as long as the other varieties.

Vine-Ripen vs. Temperature – Tasti-Lee ripens tomatoes on the vine, as Mother Nature intended. Other varieties will pick the tomatoes when they are green and then they force them to ripen by exposing them to warm temperatures. If you’ve ever tasted the difference between vine-ripe tomatoes and other varieties, you know vine-ripe ones are much more tasty.


Tomato-on-cuttingboardCounter vs. Fridge Storage
– Store tomatoes on the counter. They will not last as long, but if you place them in the fridge, they will lose their flavor.

Counter stored tomatoes can last up to a week. However, after a couple of days, they will start to expire quickly. We always recommend buying Tasti-Lee Tomatoes the day you need them or use them within a couple of days. We want to provide you garden fresh tomatoes. Those garden fresh tomatoes are best when they are used shortly after purchase.

 

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Farm Grown vs. Greenhouse Grown Tomatoes

Many people have come to us asking what are the differences between farm grown and greenhouse grown tomatoes. We love answering this question because it allows us to explain more about why our tomatoes are the better choice.

If you’ve ever grown your own tomatoes or purchased tomatoes from a local farm, it’s likely you have tasted the difference between them and the varieties you purchase from your grocery store. Usually, the ones that are grown in a garden or farm have more flavor. This flavor boost is due to them being grown and ripen on the vine rather than forced like in a greenhouse setting.

When tomatoes are grown in a greenhouse, they are given fertilizers that help them grow bigger and redder because that’s what people are visually attracted to. The flavor cannot be seen and doesn’t come until after the tomatoes have been purchased.  maxresdefault

At Tasti-Lee, we believe flavor is more important than the look of the tomatoes. It’s not about what attracts you to the tomatoes in the store, but what attracts you to them when you get home and use them.  

In addition, since farm grown tomatoes are not enclosed like a greenhouse, they often deal with the pressures of the weather. This can cause them to look less than perfect. They can also lead to rapid expiring if the weather has been too warm for the season. Again, it is a tradeoff for nutritious, flavorful tomatoes.

We recommend purchasing Tasti-Lee Tomatoes a day or two before you intend on using them. This way you end up with fresh tomatoes that taste delicious in a salad, recipe, or by themselves.

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How to Seed Tomatoes

If you’ve ever tried seeding tomatoes, you may have found it to be difficult. Since we’ve been in the tomato business for years, we have learned the best ways to do it. Learn about the two methods we recommend, so you can seed tomatoes quickly and easily.

Why Seed Tomatoes

There are many reasons to seed tomatoes.  Tomato-Seeds1

  • You are following a recipe and the extra liquid surrounding the seeds can ruin what it turns out like.
  • Some people can’t digest seeds, which can lead to gastrointestinal issues or upset stomach.
  • The seeds might not look nice in the dish you’re preparing.

The good news is that the seeds don’t hold the flavor you love about tomatoes. The gel around the seeds do have some vitamin C and nutrients, but not as much as the rest of the tomato. In other words, you’re still getting most of the nutrition from the tomatoes.

The following are the two methods to seeding a tomato that we recommend.

Method #1:

This method leaves the tomato intact, so you can do whatever you wish with it. That means you can make pretty tomato roses, dice them, chop them, etc.

Cut the tomato in half. Use a ¼ teaspoon to scoop the seeds out of each cavity.

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Method #2:

This method is good for those of you who don’t have a small enough spoon. Simply cut the tomato in half and then gently squeeze the tomato over a bowl to dislodge the seeds. You may have to use your finger to get the rest of them out.

Now that you know how to remove seeds from your tomatoes, start doing it more often. Buy Tasti-Lee Tomatoes at your local grocery store!

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Tasti-Lee at United Fresh Produce Association Show

Our seed manufacturer, Bejo Seeds, will be featuring Tasti-Lee Tomatoes at the 2015 United Fresh Produce Association Show.

This year’s event will be held in Chicago from June 8-10. The show will have booths hosted by some of the best known businesses in the fresh produce industry. Some of the sponsors are Chiquita, Dole, Discoll’s Duda, Food Freshly, Four Seasons, Produce Processing, Global G.A.P, IFS, Monsanto, and many others.

FullSizeRender-2Bejo Seeds will feature Tasti-Lee’s farm truck to show attendees how our tomatoes are farm grown and for many people, locally grown. There will also be samples of our Tasti-Lee salsa passed out, so attendees can taste how fresh and flavorful our tomatoes are.

United Fresh is an exciting event with a trade show, competitions, meetings, receptions, learning centers, networking opportunities, and more. If you’re attending United Fresh, be sure to stop by Bejo Seeds booth, which is #1257.

We are proud to be featured by Bejo Seeds. We are always working hard to make our tomatoes the tastiest, most nutritious tomatoes available. It’s an honor to be able to part of such a great event in support of fresh produce. It’s just another way to let consumers know how important it is to turn to brands that are committed to providing the very best in fruits and vegetables.

Hope to see you there!

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Why We Vine Ripen Our Tomatoes

One thing people don’t consider when they’re buying tomatoes is that most of them are not vine ripened. They figured that as long as they are ripe, it doesn’t matter how they became that way. What we want to share with you is that it does matter. It matters a lot.

The Value of Ripening Tomatoes on the Vine

When tomatoes are vine ripen, they continue to receive the nutrients they need from the stems. These nutrients are what give tomatoes their flavor. As they ripen, the flavor strengthens with the help of the nutrition the vines are providing. When the tomatoes are plucked from the vine, they carry all of those flavor boosts they received while ripening.

When a tomato is picked before it is ready, there’s no choice but to force it to ripen. Usually, this is done with heat. The heat does not provide any nutrients to the tomato, which means the flavor it had before ripening will remain and just become slightly stronger. What results is a tomato that has less flavor than one that was ripened on the vine.

Tasti-Lee Tomatoes – Straight from the Vine

At Tasti-Lee, we are committed to giving you the best tasting tomato as possible. That is why we keep our tomatoes on the vine until they are fully ripen. We work with local farmers to ensure we deliver tomatoes to you with the shortest distance time possible. We want you to be able to have that freshness from the vine, so time is of the essence.

Next time you’re out buying tomatoes, take a minute to think about this blog post. Choose Tasti-Lee Tomatoes for the freshest, most flavorful tomatoes on the market today.

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Tasti-Lee Grower Spotlight: MVP Produce

At Tasti-Lee, we care about our growers. We are continuously working with more growers to provide people with locally grown tomatoes. One of the growers we’ve been working with for a while is MVP Produce.

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Founder and CEO Miguel Martinez started MVP Produce in Ruskin, FL. It was 1990 and it was just a family farm. Over 23 years later, the farm is still family owned, but has grown to include fields in Wimauma, FL, Homestead, FL, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

With so many fields in different states, customers are able to get the produce they need throughout the year, especially Tasti-Lee Tomatoes.

MVP Produce was chosen to be a producer of Tasti-Lee Tomatoes because of its mission of providing quality tomatoes to its customers.

We pride ourselves on our service and ability to stand behind our products and pricing with timely deliveries. At MVP Produce we are committed to doing everything possible to service our customer’s needs and to never be without quality product.

The staff at MVP Produce are trained in HACCP principles and procedures. They also follow all of the USDA/FDA policies and procedures.

Tomatoes are grown, harvested and sold to local retail stores to preserve their freshness. This is why Tasti-Lee Tomatoes and Bejo Seeds, Inc. chose MVP Produce to grow their American Heart Association certified tomatoes containing more lycopene than other tomato varieties.

For more information about MVP Produce and to learn about how you can purchase Tasti-Lee Tomatoes from them, go to their website at http://www.mvptomatoes.com.

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Tasti-Lee Supports Local Farmers and Locavores

To improve sustainability and eco-consciousness, many people are deciding to become locavores. These individuals identify themselves locavores if they only purchase locally grown produce. Tasti-Lee Tomatoes is happy to support local farmers, and in turn, locavores.

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There’s been a lot of discussion in the local farmers’   industry about what is considered “locally grown.” Some people believe that if produce is only     transported less than 100 miles, it is considered local. Others are willing to purchase produce from much farther away, as long as it’s from a farmer from the same state.

At this time, it’s a matter of opinion on what is best.  The freshness of produce does decrease the farther it needs to travel, but usually, the tomatoes are packaged in a way that prevents further ripening.

For example, with Tasti-Lee Tomatoes, the tomatoes remain on the vine during transportation. This ensures that the tomatoes ripen naturally. This is the best way to ripen them as they keep their flavor and nutrients, especially that boost of lycopene.

The Problems Locavores Face

Locavores are people from all types of lifestyles. They may  be busy as mothers, fathers, business owners, entrepreneurs, managers, and more. Daily life can make it difficult to pick up local produce unless these busy people are able to visit a farmer’s market or local produce stand.

Tasti-Lee makes it easier for people to purchase locally grown tomatoes. We have growers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, California, Baja, and Mexico. We intend to expand our local tomatoes focus to include many other states in our list in the next few months.

If you want the freshest, healthiest tomatoes that are locally grown, look for Tasti-Lee Tomatoes in your local grocery store. We make it easy for you to buy locally, despite your busy lifestyle.

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The Many Benefits of Lycopene

THE HEALTHY TOMATO

Tasti-Lee Tomatoes have more lycopene than other varieties. Actually, they have 50% more of it. What’s so great about this non-GMO benefit of our tomatoes? Keep reading to find out.

What Is Lycopene?
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that can prevent illness and disease. Your body needs this antioxidant to repair cells that may have been damaged by environmental effects.

How It Protects You
Lycopene’s main job is to attack the cells in your body and repair them. It can help you generate new, healthy cells as well. These cells are what can help you stay happy and healthy. The following are just some of the illnesses and diseases that lycopene can protect you from:

  • Asthma
  • Blood thinner
  • Brain tumors
  • Cancer prevention
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Eye disorders
  • Gum disease
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Infertility
  • Inflammation
  • Kidney disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Menopause
  • Mouth and throat inflammation

Did you know that lycopene can protect you from the harmful effects of the sun too?
Yes, it can make your skin much more resilient to UV rays to protect you from skin cancer.

The Lycopene in Tasti-Lee Tomatoes
Lycopene is amazing. When you’re looking for something to eat that will not only fight hunger, but also give you the nutrition your body needs, Tasti-Lee Tomatoes are it. You’ll get a bigger boost of lycopene than other varieties, so you’ll get more from them.

Grab some delicious Tasti-Lee Tomatoes at your local grocery store next time you’re shopping. You’ll love the flavor and the benefit greatly from the the nutrition we provide.

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