How to Ship Tomatoes

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Select firm, under-ripe tomatoes free of bruising, blemishes or signs of decay for shipping.
Select firm, under-ripe tomatoes free of bruising, blemishes or signs of decay for shipping. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Shipping tomatoes successfully requires proper vegetable selection, packing in a manner conducive to repeated handlings and long-distance travel and checking with your local United States Postal Service office for restrictions. Although USPS guidelines typically allow domestic shipping of fruits and vegetables, they put restrictions in place during outbreaks of foodborne illness, and the agency’s website advises contacting your local office for current status prior to mailing. Always choose the fastest shipping method for best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Bubble wrap
  • Transparent tape
  • Cardboard shipping box
  • Foam packing peanuts
  • Shipping tape
  • Permanent marker

Wrap each tomato in two or three layers of bubble wrap and secure with transparent tape.

Fill the bottom of a cardboard shipping box with 3 inches of foam packing peanuts and place the tomatoes over them. Fill the container with foam packing peanuts.

Secure the box with shipping tape. Mark the package’s return address and shipping address prominently on the top of the box with a black permanent marker. Take the package to the post office to fulfill any requirements needed prior to shipping.

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