A cherry tomato is a type of tomato that is smaller than a standard tomato, ranging in size from a marble to a golf ball. It was developed in 1973 by two Israeli scientists who were looking for ways to retard the ripening process of tomatoes, which can make them susceptible to bruising in shipping.
Today, the most common cultivars of the cherry tomato are "Sweet 100" and "Gardner's Delight", though other flavorful varieties like "Santorini" and "Tomaccio" are gaining in popularity.
Unripe cherry tomatoes can be pickled whole and used like olives as a Martini garnish. The Bryant Preserving Company markets a brand of pickled green cherry tomatoes called Tomolives.