Skip Nav
Food Video
Glaze-Lovers Need to Try These Doughnut Fries!
Whole Foods
This Is the Stupidest Mistake You Can Make at Whole Foods
Support LGBTQ Rights With This Shake Shack Concrete

What Are Kumato, or Brown, Tomatoes?

You Say Tomato, I Say Kumato

Meet the Kumato: it's my new favorite food item from Trader Joe's. I know it's not exactly tomato season, but I discovered them while I was shopping for tomatoes to put into my beloved roast beef sandwich.

Brown tomatoes? I wondered as I inspected the label. They had an intriguing greenish-reddish tinge to them, and at less than $4 for five, I couldn't resist taking a few home. They turned out incredibly succulent, with an herbaceous aroma and a rich, sweet, earthy flavor.

The odd-looking variety was developed by Syngenta several years ago. It's got a higher sugar content than most tomatoes and a durable, thick skin that doesn't bruise easily and gives the tomatoes a longer shelf life. It's now grown across Europe, as well as in Canada and Mexico. While I try not to eat tomatoes outside of the Summer season, I have a new go-to when it's unavoidable, and that's the Kumato tomato. It'd be delicious (and beautiful) in a Caprese salad or bruschetta with other red and yellow oranges. Have you ever tried a brown tomato?

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
chloroplast chloroplast 5 years
I bought a row for $3.49/lb yesterday and am enjoying them on top of a stuffed portabella tonight. They are fantastic! The best in any season where I am unless you grow them yourself. 15 for a dollar eh? if you can get even the lowest grade tomato for less than $1.99 lb you are lucky.
zeze zeze 6 years
5 for $4?!! At my local grocery store they are selling them 15 for $1! I love them, so pretty and delicious on French bread with a little feta and olive oil.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Ooooh. Must try! :feedme:
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
Yes -- I second that @madariaga5. These tomatoes are great with a little salt and a drizzle of finishing olive oil.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
I have! I grow 6 different types of maters every year. My Yellow Boys made some tasty hot sauce along with my Red Cherry Bomb peppers and tequila!
madariaga5 madariaga5 6 years
I also found them at Trader Joes, and I love them as an afternoon snack with some salt and pepper.
Best Frozen Meals From Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's Try Before You Buy Policy
Best Frozen Italian Foods From Trader Joe's
Best New Trader Joe's Products 2017
What's New at Trader Joe's in February 2017
The Best Products From Trader Joe's
Best Healthy Trader Joe's Snacks

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Food
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds