Grab ’em before they’re gone: our 5 favourite recipes for cooking with summer tomatoes.

A winter tomato? Keep on walking. Summer tomatoes are their own, special kind of fruit. Give them a good sniff before you buy them—if they don’t have that distinctive, sweet smell, move on. You’ve got your pick of the bounty right now.

1. Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Slow-roasting tomatoes caramelizes the sugars, boosting the sweetness of less-than-perfect tomatoes.Slow Roasted Tomatoes 

2. Okanagan Tomato Bruschetta

Artist Bobbie Burgers’ recipe for buschetta features sweet cherry tomatoes.Tomato Bruschetta 

3. Chilled Yellow Campari Tomato Soup with Hand-Peeled Shrimp

From Vancouver’s Provence restaurant, this chilled tomato soup was a hit at last year’s Passions gala.Chilled Tomato Soup 

4. Homemade Tomato Sauce

There’s no better way to preserve a bumper crop than with a DIY tomato sauce.Tomato Sauce

5. Tomato Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This one’s a classic from the 1930s, updated by our own Julie Van Rosendaal.Tomato Cake