Tomato Hybrids are high-quality fruits compared to desi, local tomatoes. They contain numerous edible seeds and are red in colour due to lycopene, an anti-oxidant. Store tomatoes stem side down in a single layer, at room temperature, away from the sunlight. Ripe tomatoes should be refrigerated if they need to be stored for a long time. Tomatoes are used in salads, soups, curries, pickles, etc. Tomatoes that are cooked with a touch of oil gives more lycopene than raw ones. Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that reduces the risk of cancer and heart-diseases. They protect the eyes from light induced damage.