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Cherry Tomatoes vs. Grape Tomatoes: What's the Difference?

Margaret Minnicks is a health-conscious person who researches the health benefits of foods and drinks.

Which is Which? Cherry Tomatoes or Grape Tomatoes?

Which is Which? Cherry Tomatoes or Grape Tomatoes?

Most people think tomatoes are vegetables, but they are fruits. Actually, the word "tomato" means "the swelling fruit." According to botanists, a tomato is a berry because it consists of an ovary and seeds that come from a flowering plant. Therefore, they refer to tomatoes as berries. On the other hand, cooks consider tomatoes to be culinary vegetables because they have a much lower sugar content than fruits. So, don't think I have made a mistake when I refer to the red produce from the garden as a fruit in this article.

Tomatoes can be eaten raw as well as are used in many dishes. They can be used raw in salads, on sandwiches, cooked in sauces, soups, and side dishes. They can also be consumed as juice or in drinks.

All tomatoes are rich in lycopene, the cancer-fighting agent. Tomatoes contain vitamin A and vitamin C. They help to maintain good vision, healthy skin, a strong immune system, and a healthy heart.

This article is about cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes that are named after fruits. Their terms should not be used interchangeably because they are different. They are described and compared in this article because there are major differences that most consumers fail to notice.

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes get their name because they are the size and shape of cherries. These little round tomatoes are juicy, sweet, and have thin skins. Since they have a high water content, cherry tomatoes are known to squirt when you cut and bite them. Many cooks have found that adding cherry tomatoes to a tortilla wrap will make the finished product soggy. The juice from the tomato drips through the contents and all over your hands.

Cherry tomatoes are one of the most versatile of all the tomatoes. For that reason, they are favorites for tomato lovers. You might be familiar with only the red variety, but cherry tomatoes also come in orange, yellow, pink, and brown.

Cherry tomatoes are sweet and tangy and can be eaten raw, cooked, grilled, sauced, cooked in soup, put on sandwiches, and in salads.

Grape Tomatoes

Grape Tomatoes

Grape Tomatoes

Grape tomatoes are oblong and shaped like grapes. They’re about half the size of cherry tomatoes, with thicker skins. Grape tomatoes aren’t as sweet as cherry tomatoes, but their flesh is meatier with a chewier texture and less watery. That means they won't squirt when you cut or bite into them.

They are crisp and crunchy with a taste that ranges from sweet to tangy. They can be eaten raw, grilled, roasted, tossed into pasta, put on a sandwich, into soup and sauces.

Grape tomatoes last longer than cherry tomatoes. They are less fragile, which makes them easier to pack. store. and transport. If you don't plan to use the tomatoes as soon as you purchase them, it is best to take home grape tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes.

 Cherry TomatoesGrape Tomatoes

Size and Shape

Round with size and shape of cherries

Oblong and shaped like grapes, but half the size

Skin

Thin skin

Thick skin

Taste

Sweeter than grape tomatoes; meatier and crunchier

Not as sweet as cherry tomatoes

Uses

Salads, soups, sauces

Salads, soups, sauces

Colors

Red is the most popular color, but they also come in orange, yellow, pink, purple and brown

Red is the most popular color, but they also come in orange, yellow, pink, purple and brown

Shelf Life

Shorter shelf life

Lasts longer than cherry tomatoes

Nutritional Value

Same as grape tomatoes

Same as cherry tomatoes

Other Distinctions

Juicier than cherry tomatoes; higher water content

Lasts longer than cherry; less fragile and easier to pack and transport

Cost

Cost is about the same as grape tomatoes

Cost is about the same as cherry tomatoes

Mixture of different colors of cherry and grape tomatoes.

Mixture of different colors of cherry and grape tomatoes.

A Quick Summary

Unless you look closely, you might not be able to distinguish the small cherry tomato from the small grape tomato. The easiest way to remember the difference between cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes is to remember their names.

Cherry Tomatoes

  • Resemble the cherry fruit
  • Rounder
  • Sweeter
  • Juicier
  • Larger
  • Better for stuffing

Grape Tomatoes

  • Resemble the grape
  • Oblong
  • Thicker skin
  • Longer shelf life
  • Better for salads

Comments

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 28, 2021:

We buy a mixture of both from Costco that comes in different colors. Yummy!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on February 28, 2021:

I don't mind either cherry or grape tomatoes, but I do like the grape ones.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on February 28, 2021:

Great information about the differences.

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