In Season: Tomatoes

In Season

Our recipe recommendations for what's in season.

Cherry tomatoes at a farmer's market in San Francisco. [Photograph: Jen Maiser]

Nothing compares to an in-season tomato, picked at the height of summer. And while we may be getting a little ahead of ourselves, we have tomato season seriously on the brain.

Tomatoes come in as many shapes, colors, and varieties as you can think of. Each has its own particular character and flavor, with varying levels of sweetness and acidity. Heirloom tomatoes, which have been growing in popularity in recent years, come in a rainbow of colors with wacky names like Box Car Willie, Aunt Ruby's German Green and Banana Legs.

So whether yours are red, yellow, green, orange or purple, be sure not to miss out on tomatoes while they're in season. (And check out the recipes below for ideas on how to use them!)