Keeping Tomatoes In The Fridge Does Not Impact Their Flavor

Leaving your tomatoes inside or outside of the fridge is a personal choice, but a new study finds neither choice impacts the flavor of your produce. Researchers tested storing tomatoes at about 44 degrees Fahrenheit and 68 degrees Fahrenheit and had expert food tasters weigh in. The tasters reported “no significant difference in flavor” between the two. The tasters rated the tomatoes on characteristics such as sweetness, acidity, and juiciness for the test. Lead study author Larissa Kanski adds, “It is the variety of tomato in particular that has an important influence on the flavor. The shorter the storage period, the better it is for the flavor and related attributes. However, we were able to show that, taking into account the entire post-harvest chain, short-term storage of ripe tomatoes in the refrigerator did not affect the flavor.