Difference Between Cherry and Grape Tomatoes

Kitchen Knowledge Lifestyle | Published September 2, 2022 by Mimi Council

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Tomato season is from June through September, so we have officially been in tomato season for a little bit already. So you have probably noticed that there have been tomatoes all over the Farmer's Market and your grocery store produce section (just a little more than usual). While Cherry tomatoes are more popular and can be found year round for the most part, you may be noticing Grape tomatoes as well. So, what is the difference between Cherry and Grape tomatoes?

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difference between cherry and grape tomatoes

So, you may be wondering – what is the difference between Cherry and Grape Tomatoes? They are both small, they are both red, and they are both tomatoes. So, what's the difference? While there are red options for both Grape and Cherry Tomatoes, they also both come in a variety of colors as well such as orange and yellow! However, these colors aren't as common.

These tiny tomatoes both make for a great addition to salad, quiche, and many other dishes. But, they are different! Let's dive into the difference between Cherry and Grape tomatoes so you can choose the best ones for whatever dish you're making.

How do you tell Cherry and Grape tomatoes apart?

The easiest way to tell the difference between Cherry and Grape tomatoes is the shape. While they are both small and round-ish, Cherry tomatoes resemble the shape of a cherry – being round. And Grape tomatoes resemble the shape of grapes, being more oblong or oval shaped. Cherry tomatoes also are usually found on the vine at the grocery store, while grape tomatoes are usually sold in a tub.

difference between cherry and grape tomatoes

Do Cherry and Grape tomatoes taste different?

As with all fruits and veggies, everything will vary in taste slightly due to growing and harvesting processes. But, Cherry tomatoes are known to be on the sweeter side compared to grape tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes also have a higher water content than Grape tomatoes and a more soft or squishy texture, they kinda burst in your moth right away. And you may notice that when you cut them in half, they ooze a lot of water.

On the other side, Grape tomatoes have a more meaty and chewy center. They are not as sweet as Cherry tomatoes. But, because of their thicker skin they are known to have a longer shelf life.

Which are better Cherry or Grape tomatoes?

This comes down to personal preference. Only you can decide if you like Cherry or Grape tomatoes better. Just like all fruits and veggies, I always think that the growing and harvesting makes a big difference. You may find you get a batch of Cherry tomatoes one day that's great, and then one that isn't so great. That's just what happens with produce sometimes. So, give both of these tomatoes a try!

difference between cherry and grape tomatoes

Can you replace Cherry tomatoes with Grape tomatoes?

I say yes, you can use these tomatoes interchangeably if need be. However, they do have slightly different flavors and textures. Try to use what the recipe calls for. But, unless you're making a dish where the tomato is the star, I think you are fine to use these interchangeably if you cannot find one or the other at the grocery store.

difference between cherry and grape tomatoes

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