Red, Ripe, and Ready to Eat
A single plant can produce over a dozen tomatoes, which means you can give a basket to the neighbors and still pack almost every meal with the nutrient-rich fruit. Serve them in pasta, pizza, vinaigrettes, and even desserts. Paired with the right spices, tomatoes can be sweet, tangy, or tart foils to the other ingredients.
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"Can I replace canned tomatoes with fresh in a recipe? If the recipe calls for one 14.5 ounce can, how many tomatoes should I use?"

You can usually substitute 2 cups of fresh chopped tomatoes for one 14.5-ounce can of diced tomatoes. If a recipe calls for whole canned tomatoes, you will need to peel yours, and if the recipe calls for canned tomato puree, you will need to cook and puree your fresh tomatoes—or stick with canned.

For more recipe ideas, see 7 Ways with Fresh Tomatoes.