What Makes a Great Tomato? How can you tell that the tomatoes you’re using are the highest-quality – processed with the most care and consideration? Open a can of tomatoes and look for these qualities.* The flavor is fresh and naturally sweet The tomatoes have a tantalizing, fresh-from-the-garden aroma The colors are bright and natural, never dull or over-processed Citric acid is not in the ingredient statement There is no overcooked, scorched or sour aftertaste The product is consistent from one can to the next There are no defects such as yellow shoulders, dark blemishes, extraneous materials (i.e., tomato leaves, stems, peels or excessive seeds) The tomato juice or purée has minimal separation Pear/Strip tomatoes are naturally soft and have a mouthwatering texture The products perform as expected when mixed with ingredients, cooked, baked, etc. * It’s best to inspect tomatoes in natural daylight.