Wednesday’s In the Know: Varieties of Tomatoes
Now that tomatoes are in their absolute prime, my favorite time of year, I thought it would be appropriate to speak to the bounty and plethora of tomatoes. And, if nothing else, at least we can marvel at their unique names. A huge thank you to The Tasteful Garden for the content, pictures and overviews below.
Better Boy Tomato:
- One of the most commonly grown backyard tomatoes, the Better Boy red tomato is a favorite of almost everybody who has ever grown tomatoes!
Bumble Bee Cherry Tomato:
- Bumble bee tomatoes are great to combine with Golden Sweet or Sun Gold for sweet, pop in your mouth flavors with the colors to match. Pink Bumble Bee is an alluring combination of light pinks, yellows and oranges. Packs a powerful sweet punch which makes these 1" sized fruits fun for kids.
Mandarin Cross Tomato:
- From Japan, these gorgeous tomatoes are prolific and ripen like oranges on strong vines but have a sweet juicy flavor.
Sweet Million Tomato:
- Sweet Million Cherry tomato plants produce vast quantities of 1" dark red fruit in incredibly long clusters. Super sweet they just jump in your mouth.
4th of July Tomato:
- This 4th of July Tomato is a very early, very tasty little tomato that is so sweet and easy to grow. Prolific producer grows great in containers, hanging upside down, or in the ground. Red globe-shaped tomatoes will produce all season long.
Amish Rose Tomato:
- An heirloom from New Holland, Pennsylvania, the Amish Rose Tomato has such spectacular flavor it wins taste tests all over the country.
- This blush tomato plant is so productive and bursting with flavor you will absolutely love it. Hundreds of 2" long, sweet fruits will spill off of this vine and you can eat them in the garden or bring them in with the other tomatoes for a spectacular colorful salad. Another newly developed "heirloom" variety.
Black Brandywine Tomato:
- This Black version of Brandywine is an excellent combination of sweetness and acidity, which is characteristic of the darker colored tomatoes. We love that strong tomato flavor.
- Also known as Jaune Flamme' this sweet little salad type tomato packs a punch of flavor. Bright orange and only 1-2 oz. (about the size of a large golf ball) they are larger than a cherry but just as prolific and sweet like Sun Gold. Easy to grow Indeterminate.
Green Zebra Tomato:
- Known for its spectacular flavor, the Green Zebra starts out green with dark stripes and ripens to yellow with green stripes. Small in size, its sweet and tart flavor work really well in salsas and salads.
Jersey Devil Tomato:
- This American heirloom variety became popular many years ago and produces an abundant crop of 5-6" long, tapered, bright red, paste tomatoes with a pointed end, perfect for salsa.
- Persimmon is a fantastic, huge, golden orange variety with fruits from 1 to 2 lbs and 5" across! We just love the flavor of these tomatoes.
- An old-fashioned gorgeous yellow heirloom with red-orange stripes, Pineapple produces huge (up to 2 lbs!), incredibly sweet fruit.
Watermelon Beefsteak Tomato:
- Watermelon Beefsteak is a beautiful, deep, dark, pink fruit that is melt in your mouth delicious! Great heirloom for sandwiches, salads, or make a meal out of one stacked with basil and mozzarella!
Oh, and by the way, this is a small handful of the varieties in existence. For other varieties, make sure you check out The Tasteful Garden’s website and visit your local farmers market.
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