What to Look For

Tomatoes should have uniform shape and colour, a natural shine, and smooth skin. They should be firm and yield slightly to hand pressure, but not be easily deformed due to overripe conditions. 

Avoid tomatoes with growth cracks, mechanical damage, sunscald, bruises, and other damage. 

Ideal Storage

  • Light red: 10°C - 12°C
  • Red; 7°C - 10°C (for 3-5 days)
  • 90 - 95% Relative Humidity

Tomatoes ripen faster at higher temperatures.

Store tomatoes at room temperature for best flavour. If refrigerated, allow them to sit out for at least 30 minutes to regain some of the original taste.

Tomatoes are sensitive to chilling injury under temperatures of 10°C if held for more than 2 weeks or 6-8 days at 5°C. Chilling injury results in failure to ripen, premature softening, and increased decay.

Response to Ethylene

Ethylene causes tomatoes to ripen faster. Ripening tomatoes will produce moderate amounts of ethylene and thus it is advised not to store them with leafy green vegetables and other sensitive commodities.