It happens every summer. After months of waiting, July rolls around and suddenly, the heirloom tomatoes arrive! And by "heirloom tomatoes," I mean just about any variety of non-hybrid tomato, especially the ones with unusual colors and shapes. Those different kinds all have unique flavors, which is part of the fun. Throughout most of the United States, they're available only from July through September.
Even if you don't splurge on heirloom tomatoes, any super-ripe, locally-grown tomatoes are worthy of celebration. And if you grow them yourself, you know there's absolutely nothing better. Keep reading for the best ways to make these summer gems shine.