These sunny orange orbs are usually no larger than a quarter, but they pack a punch of sweetness and juice. This is an exceptionally sweet variety of tomato with a fruity, almost citrus-y taste. Their sugariness makes them the perfect raw snacking tomato — just pop them in your mouth like candy!
Sungold tomatoes grow prolifically on the vine, ripening in clusters of 12 to 15 at a time, and growing well into the fall. Wait to harvest until they’ve turned a rich orange to maximize their sweetness.
Use Sungolds as a colorful stand-in for caprese skewers, or better yet, make a batch of homemade Sungold tomato jam. When I serve this at home, most people assume they’re eating apricot or peach preserves, and sometimes don’t believe me when I confess they’re eating tomato jam!
Serve Sungold tomato jam with seeded crackers and a touch of goat cheese or feta for a simple, but surprising appetizer.
All featured tomatoes come from Tomato Mountain Farm. Tomato Mountain is a certified organic farm in Brooklyn, Wisconsin. In addition to growing tomatoes, the 12-acre farm runs a home-delivery CSA to Chicago-area residents for 42 weeks of the year.
(Image credits: Lucy Hewett)