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15 heirloom tomatoes to try

Experience the old-fashioned, unique look and flavor of heirloom tomatoes!
  • Why heirlooms?

    Heirloom tomatoes are gaining in popularity, and with good reason. The seeds of these varieties have been passed from generation to generation, and today's gardeners can enjoy the unique, intense flavors enjoyed by their ancestors. Search online suppliers for seeds that tickle your fancy, start them indoors, transplant into a sunny spot in your garden, and prepare your tastebuds for an old-fashioned treat!

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Brandywine

    This popular heirloom variety is often considered to be the best-tasting tomato. The tasty fruits are also quite large, weighing up to 2 pounds apiece! Brandywine can be traced to the late 1800s. Expect ripe tomatoes 85 days after transplanting.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Gold Rush Currant

    These tiny yellow-orange fruits grow in clusters, and have a sweet flavor. You'll enjoy eating these mini tomatoes right from the vine. Fruit ripens about 80 days after transplanting.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Cuban Yellow Grape

    Like its name suggests, this tomato traces its roots to Cuba, and produces clusters of yellow, grape-sized fruit. The tomatoes are very sweet. Cuban yellow grape plants will grow to be quite tall. Expect ripe fruits about 90 days after transplanting.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Super Snow White

    This variety produces large, pale yellow fruits ... and produces, and produces. Expect a lot of tomatoes from Super Snow White. The fruits resist cracking, have a very sweet flavor, and ripen about 75 days after transplanting. This tomato (and most heirlooms) will do well in containers as well as in the garden.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Galinas

    This tomato comes from Russia, and produces tons of sweet fruit. Golden tomatoes grow in clusters on a plant that can reach 6 feet tall. Fruit ripens about 75 days after transplanting.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Beam's Yellow Pear

    The small, pear-shaped, yellow tomatoes produced by this plant have been enjoyed by gardeners since the early 1800s. Plants produce loads of fruit, which is sweet and perfect for snacking. After transplanting, fruit will be ready in around 70 days.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Golden Jubilee

    This award-winning tomato has been popular with gardeners since 1943. It produces 3-inch, juicy yellow fruits that are sweet and delicious. Fruits ripen about 70 days after transplanting.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Goldie

    These big, yellow beefsteak tomatoes are great for slicing and enjoying on hamburgers and sandwiches. The sweet fruits can reach a pound, and ripen 90 days after transplanting.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Wapsipinicon Peach

    This unique variety produces 2-inch ivory-gold fruit with a slightly fuzzy coating, like a peach. It can be traced to Iowa in the 1800s. Fruit is sweet and ripens about 80 days after transplanting.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Rosalita

    This grape tomato produces tons of pink-red fruits, which grow in clusters and have a sweet flavor. Since fruits ripen just 60 days after transplanting, Rosalita is a good choice for gardeners in northern climates.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Speckled Roman

    These unique-looking tomatoes are sure to be a favorite! The yellow and orange striped fruits grow to 6 inches long, but the insides are red and great for use in pastes. Fruit ripens 85 days after transplanting.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Costoluto Genovese

    This Italian heirloom variety produces deep red, heavily ribbed fruits that have a very unique look. The rich flavor of the fruits makes them well suited for making pasta sauce. Fruit is ready about 78 days after transplanting.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Moskvich

    This is another good choice for gardeners in cooler climates. The Russian variety ripens just 60 days after transplanting, and has a very rich flavor for an early tomato. Red fruits grow to about 5 ounces apiece.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Black Cherry

    Black Cherry tomatoes are actually a dark purple-red color. They have a complex, savory flavor that's less sweet than most tomatoes. Plants produce tons of fruit throughout the summer, and fruits are ready 65 days after transplanting.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Green Zebra

    This tomato is technically not an heirloom variety, but it is an open-pollinated tomato, which makes it good for collecting and saving seeds. Golf-ball-sized fruits have bold green and gold stripes, and a fantastic flavor. Fruits are ripe 80 days after transplanting.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012

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