In the plant family, the tomato is classified as a fruit (berry), but when eaten it resembles a vegetable. Raw or cooked tomatoes have a sweet, acidic flavor and a juicy flesh. Available in different sizes, shapes and colors, tomatoes can be large and round like, oval shaped as are Roma or plum tomatoes, pear shaped like pear tomatoes, or small and bite size, such as cherry and grape tomatoes. Tomatoes are available in a range of colors, such as green, yellow, red, and purple.
How to use: They are often eaten raw as a garnish for salads and appetizers, sliced thinly for sandwiches, or added to various pasta, meat, and vegetable dishes. They are also used in soups, stews, and sauces.
At their best: Fresh tomatoes are available throughout the year but most abundant at the end of the summer. They are best when freshly picked off the vine. Since fresh tomatoes are very perishable, supermarkets purchase tomatoes that have been picked when green and then forced to ripen. These tomatoes will keep longer in the supermarkets but will never have the taste and texture of a vine ripened tomato. Some markets carry vine ripened tomatoes, but at a much higher price. Home grown, vine ripened tomatoes can also be found at many farmers markets later in the summer and into fall.
How to buy: When selecting tomatoes, choose those that are brightly colored, plump, heavy and whose skins are not shriveled. Avoid those with blemishes, bruises, or cracks. Ripe tomatoes should yield to light pressure, but not be too soft. If purchasing tomatoes that will not be used for a few days, select those that are a lighter red and allow them to ripen fully by storing them in a cool area out of the direct sunlight. Canned tomatoes that have been processed are available in a variety of flavors and forms. They can be purchased in the can as whole, diced, stewed, chopped, pureed, paste, or a sauce form.
Storage: Do not store ripe tomatoes in the refrigerator because this will cause them to become pulpy and lose their flavor. Store at room temperature and out of the sunlight. Ripe tomatoes should be used within a few days.
An heirloom tomato from Russia. (Aljaska is Russian spelling). These organic tomato seeds produce short to medium-sized, bushy plants. This is an early-producing tomato plant that yields lots of large, round, brilliant red, 'salad-type' cherry tomatoes with very good flavor. This is a favorite tomato variety for cooler growing climates. I have friends who prefer this tomato variety for their roof-top planter gardens where winds are frequent.
A tomato variety from Unwins, England, UK. our organic tomato seeds produce big, indeterminate plants that yield above average lots of medium, golf-ball sized, round, red heirloom tomatoes. These tomatoes were an English favorite that were boiled for breakfast. Very tasty, full-bodied with old-time tomatoey flavors. This tomato variety has a good reputation for being a favorite in the tomato garden. I've grown Alicante tomato for many years because of it's productivity and taste
A favorite Russian heirloom. Large bushy plant that produces 2-inch amber-colored globes. Very good sweet flavors with just enough acid balance to enhance the taste
An heirloom oxheart variety from Brenda Hillenius, of Oregon, who got from her grandfather, Kenneth Wilcox, who received seeds from a Russian immigrant. An excellent, gorgeous tomato. Early maturing for a heart-shaped tomato, the large, visually beautiful, pink-red fruit normally weighs about 1 pound. Superb rich old-fashioned, tomatoey flavors with lots of juice
Also known as "Traveler" this Southern Heirloom variety is known for producing well in hot weather. Beautiful dark Pink tomatoes are 6-8 oz. and very flavorful and sweet. They are always a reliable producer of large bountiful crops even during the heat of summer.
A very productive Russian heirloom found at the Bird Market in Moscow. ("Azoychka" is a woman's name.). This variety produces smooth, 3-inch round, slightly flattened, yellow/orange fruit with a sweet citrusy flavor
Beefsteak tomatoes are the largest varieties of cultivated tomatoes, sometimes weighing 1 lb (.5 kg) or more. Most are pink or red with numerous small seed compartments distributed throughout the fruit, sometimes displaying pronounced ribbing similar to ancient pre-Columbian tomato cultivars. While popular among home growers for sandwich making and other applications requiring a large tomato to be eaten raw, beefsteaks are not grown commercially as often as other types, since they are not considered as suitable for mechanization as smaller slicing tomatoes.
Fantastic Heirloom variety on a highly productive plant. Fruits are about 14 oz. with a slightly flattened shape. They are quite juicy, with a sweetness that is well balanced with acid for a full tomato flavor. Easy to grow lots of fruit.
A short indeterminate (42") that produces an abundance of early bearing 2", red, round, crack-resistant fruits that are sweet and tangy
One of the most commonly grown backyard tomatoes and a favorite of almost everybody, this sturdy plant is resistant to most diseases. 12 oz. fruits are bright red, delicious and extremely easy to grow.
A new heirloom cross tomato that is red and green-striped, so unusual that it's safe to say that you've probably never seen anything like it before. Although deep red and green outside, its interior is green with pink extending up into the middle. The appearance is so striking and different we thought we would try it. Fruit is medium to large with a mild, sweet flavor
Black version of Brandywine this one is an excellent combination of sweetness and the acidity of the darker colored tomatoes. We love that strong tomato flavor and one slice will almost cover a whole sandwich. 12-16 oz. fruits bear on large vines and are delicious.
A tall, vigorous plant that produces abundant crops of 1", deep mahogany-brown fruits. The only round, truly black cherry we've found. Fruits are irresistibly delicious with sweet, complex, full flavors, characteristic of the "blacks." Beautiful to mix with other cherries.
Black Crimson Heirloom
(aka Black Krim and Black Crim) Originally from the Isle of Krim on the Black Sea in the former Soviet Union. This rare, and outstanding tomato yields 3-4" slightly flattened dark-red (mahogany-colored) slightly maroon, beefsteak tomatoes with deep green shoulders. Green gel around seeds. Fantastic, intense, slightly salty taste (which is great for those not wanting to add salt to their tomatoes).
One of my best black tomatoes. Also suitable for container/patio garden. Perfect choice for slicing, salads and cooking.
Originally from the Ukraine. Huge production of brown-red-bronze, 5-oz., plum-shaped fruit. Exceptional, rich, tangy taste
Black from Tula
Russian heirloom from Tula. Largest of the blacks with 3-4", slightly flattened, oblate, dark brown to purple fruit with deep green shoulders. Deliciously outstanding, rich, slightly salty, smoky-fruit flavor.!!
This Heirloom is a dark brownish-red colored tomato with a rich, sweet flavor. Large size fruit sets well in hot weather. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that this is a favorite among many of our customers. This heavy producer is an heirloom from the Black Sea of Russia.
Beautiful 2 1/2" diameter dark black 8-10 oz. fruits with a sweet complex flavor. Shaped like pears, this Russian heirloom of Siberian origin makes this a good tomato for short season and early gardens. Its strong tomato flavor makes it a great addition to any salad. This tomato is very high acid and sugar for a delicious complex taste similar to Cherokee Purple. Produces more fruit, more reliably than Cherokee.
Also known as Ananas Noire, this is a cross bred variety with exceptional color and flavor. Huge 1 1/2 lb. fruits with coloring like you have never seen. Extremely smooth fruit with a kaleidoscope of colors which alternate between a jade green,a stunning purple & a bright yellow. When the tomatoes are sliced,the tomato reveals a bright green flesh with a hint of citrus flavor.
Originally from Siberia, this is one of the most popular and favored black tomatoes. Originally introduced from Irkutsk, Russia and is regarded as a "true Siberian tomato" that does very well in cooler climates. Until only recently this was considered a rare variety in the United States. However, it's popularity has grown so much in Russia that there is now a company in Volograd that is producing an extract of the Black Prince called "Black Prince Tomato Oil." The Black Prince tomato is said to have considerable health benefits beyond the presence of lycopene.
These deep garnet round, 2-inch (2-3 oz.) tomatoes are full of juice and incredibly rich fruity flavors. This is a tomato that chefs I deliver to rave about for it's rich flavors. The small fruits contain deep rich colors on the inside. Perfect for patio gardens. Perfect for eating fresh, and in cooking in tomato sauce or other culinary wonders.
Name of this heirloom means little blond girl. Plant produces phenomenal clusters of 20-30 very-very-very tasty gold/yellow grape-sized (1/2") cherries. Put this in your mouth and see if you can keep from smiling.
Box Car Willie is one of the few just nice large round red heirloom tomatoes. Many heirlooms are huge pink globes that are sweet but not as acidic as the red or black ones. This tomato is the exception to that rule since it has great flavor as well as being productive. You can be sure to get a good crop almost every year of large red round tomatoes that really taste like a "tomato"! Similar in size to Carmello which is a French Market favorite, Box Car Willie will not disappoint you for an excellent fruit to use for canning, sauces, salads and sandwiches.
This is the most well known Heirloom variety for good reason. It has huge fruit with incredibly sweet flavor. It originates from the Amish in the late 1800's. It is always a staple in our garden because it is so reliable. Starts out pinkish and turns slowly red and then slightly purplish as it ripens. Very large vines, can grow up to 12 feet if the soil is kept somewhat cool with mulches.
Broad ripple yellow currant
Tomato variety was apparently found growing from the crack in a sidewalk in Indiana in the mid 1900's. TomatoFest organic tomato seeds produce big, indeterminate , regular leaf, tomato plants that yield hundreds of of the cutest, very small, 1/2-inch small, almost translucent yellow cherry tomatoes borne in trusses of 6-8 tomatoes. These are very low-acid tomatoes that are deliciously sweet and perfect for popping in your mouth as you walk through the garden. A great container tomato for growing on your patio or rooftop garden
A Bulgarian heirloom, very productive, regular leaf plant that produces extra-sweet, juicy, red, 2-inch, 3-4 oz., oxheart-shaped, thick-walled fruits. Very good tomatoey flavor. Great for canning
Old Russian variety from Vavilov Institute that yields, 1 to 2-pound, oxheart-shaped, pink fruit with few seeds and great taste.
This tomato plant will only reach 18-24" tall and has a medium-large sized red juicy tomato. These are great for container growing as the plants stay compact and have thick, upright stems. Excellent for growing in the limited space of a deck or patio. One of the few full sized tomatoes designed for container growing.
2006 will bring several new tomato varieties to our collection. We are featuring some new varieties in this newsletter to introduce these fantastic flavors. Cabernet is a round red cluster type tomato that is a little larger than the "on the vine" tomatoes in your grocery store. These tomatoes are actually designed for greenhouse growing but they are even better flavored when grown in the garden. Cabernets have a nice round shape and the flavor is spectacular! They are full of a nice bold tomato acidic flavor yet resistant to almost every disease too. You can expect good early production on these plants and good salad flavor.
French variety of 8-12 oz. 4-5 inch round red tomatoes. Hybrid tomato with great flavor it is the number one market tomato in Europe. Good sugar/acid balance, crack resistant skin and easy to grow. Hard to find tomato! VFN & TMV resistant this tomato is easy to grow and ripens
The French Carmello is among the most productive tomatoes ever bred. It is popular in European markets because of it's exceptionally fine flavor. I de-hybridized this variety over a 5 year period around 1993. Bears large crops of heavy, juicy tomatoes with flavor that just doesn't stop. Another favorite because it consistently produces great tasting fruit, even in cooler weather. Good for slicing in salads, sautéed, or as an integral part of any dish.
Originally grown in southern Russia between the Caspian and Black Seas. Thought by some to be "Queen of the Pinks," these prolific,1-2 pound, globe-shaped, pink-red beefsteak tomatoes that rival brandywine in popularity and flavor. One of the best known and best-tasting Russian tomatoes. This tomato is perfect for cooler climates.
Absolutely as beautiful as they are tasty these small, ruffled red fruits are so full of flavor. Their taste is rich and assertive, slightly sweet with a bit of zing added in. Only about 2 inches across, these little scalloped tomatoes will be prolific producers with tons of fruit, perfect for cutting into halves for a salad or using on plates as a garnish. Indeterminate
Chalk's early jewel
Heirloom introduced in 1910. Created by James Chalk of Norristown, PA, introduced in 1899. A good producer of 2", round, red globes with mild sweet flavor and balanced acidity
Cherokee purple is the name of a cultivar of tomato, unusual for the deep purple/red hue of its fruit. It was one of the first of the "black" color group of tomatoes. It is also unusual in being extremely popular for the sake of its flavor, instead of only its unusual color. Cherokee Purple tomatoes are beefsteak in style, with green "shoulders" across the top. They are also notable for having a dense, juicy texture, with small seed locules irregularly scattered throughout the flesh. The comparatively dark interior color is enhanced by the tendency of the seeds to be surrounded by green gel.
A variety of tomato that is usually an inch or less in diameter, has a bright red or yellow color, and a sweet tomato flavor. However, the yellow variety is not as flavorful as the red variety. Cherry tomatoes are eaten raw as a snack, served as a popular addition to salads, placed as a garnish for other foods, and served sautéed or cooked lightly for a side dish.
Named for "Copia" the American Center for Food, Wine and the Arts in Napa California, this Large fruited tomato has fine lined gold and red stripes and a fantastic sweet flavor. A cross between Marvel Stripe and Green Zebra.
Cosmonaut volkov Red
A Ukrainian heirloom variety named after the famous Russian cosmonaut who died while landing. Russians grow this variety for prize-winning, 1-2 pound fruits. Round, slightly flattened fruits have a full, complex flavor and nice acid/sweet balance.
Perfect for warm, humid climates this variety has been heavily requested because of its great rich flavor. Sets fruit early so that hot weather doesn't stop production. Resists diseases caused by wet humidity, blossom end rot, and fusarium.
This excellent variety was bred by the French specifically for their customers in markets, where flavor and quality standards are uncompromising. Slightly flattened, almost seedless, round tomato with a sweet/acid balance (just like the commercial hybrid) that few modern tomatoes can match. The heavily producing plants yield 6 ounce, juicy fruits that are smooth, meaty, and deep-red in hue. Good disease resistance.
Almost identical to 'June Pink' except for the redder-pink color and shorter period of production. The 'Earliana' tomato was developed at the turn-of-the-century as growers attempted to bring the earliest tomato to market. It was first offered commercially in 1900 by Johnson and Stokes. Our Tomatofest organic tomato seeds produce indeterminate, regular-leaf plants that yield clusters of 4-6 beautiful, uniformly round, red-pink tomatoes. We consider this a perfect market tomato because of it's visual appeal and it's wonderful sweet/tart flavors. Earliana produces well until frost and appears to have good disease resistance. A good salad and canning tomato. A good, prolific tomato for cooler growing regions
A short heirloom variety that produces 3-inch, round, meaty fruits with few seeds. Particularly good for canning. Fruit sets all at once.
The Early Girl tomato is a medium globe type hybrid popular with home gardeners because of its early fruit ripening. Early Girl is an indeterminate variety, tall growing and needs support as the plant grows. Fruit maturity claims range from 50 to 62 days from transplanting, which appeals to growers in climates with shorter frost-free seasons. (However, the plants of this variety are not particularly cold-tolerant.) Plants are reliable and prolific.
The ripe fruit is about the size and shape of a tennis ball -- very much a standard tomato -- and weighs 4 to 8 ounces (~130g). It has a bright color and good flavor, but is usually replaced at the table by later-producing varieties which are considered better tasting. Better varieties taking roughly the same amount of time as Early Girl include Sasha's Altai and Stupice.
Extra-early maturing and compact variety that yields an abundant crop of round, dark-pink, great-tasting fruit. Perfect for gardeners in shorter season growing climates
Early yellow stripe
Very productive 2-inch, pale-red, round fruit with yellow stripes. A good tasting, semi-hollow, small stuffer.
Fireworks is one of the largest, earliest red slicing tomatoes available with excellent flavor. Easy to grow, it's bright red fruits are 6 to 8 ozs. and round with a pointed tip.
The largest of the super-early, red tomato varieties with great flavor. Fruits are 2 1/2-inch, 8-12 oz., round, with pointed end. Great flavor
Also known as Jaune Flamme' this sweet little tomato packs a punch of flavor. Bright orange and only 1-2 oz. they are larger than a cherry but just as prolific.
Forme de coeur
From Quebec. Good mid-season Determinate. Strong plant producing great yields of 6-8 oz. orange-red fruits
Fred Limbaugh Potato Top
(aka 'Limbaugh's Legacy Potato Top.' ) An excellent find for a 'best-tasting' heirloom tomato. These heirloom tomato seeds were saved by gardener, Fred Limbaugh from Robinson, PA, and his father and grandfather. Our TomatoFest organic tomato seeds produce potato-leaf, indeterminate tomato plants that yield large amounts of beautiful, 1-2 pound, slightly-flattened, slightly-fluted, pink beefsteak tomatoes, with exceptional, complex, fruity sweet flavors, perfectly balanced with just the right amount of acidity to make for that old-fashioned tomato taste. A perfect choice for slicing for sandwiches, tomato salads or cooking into great culinary dishes. My favorite is to eat 'em fresh off the vine. A fine choice as a market tomato.
This heirloom is colored exactly like a peach and has a sweet mild flavor. Fruits are 2-4 oz. and perfect for salads. The vines are prolific and very easy to grow in poor soil.
Gary O' Sena
An old family heirloom variety with huge deep pink fruits that are just like you remember as that old fashioned flavor. Larger and more plentiful than Brandywine they are also smooth in shape and grow to over 2 lbs. Only 77 days make this one of the earliest Beefsteaks.
From Virginia Mennonites in 1880's. Moderate producer of 1-2 lb. yellow, beefsteak fruits with red marbeling and red on blossom end. A good slicer with sweet, mild, fruity flavors
An early, short-season, open-pollinated, potato-leaf variety that flowers when it is only 4-inches tall then sets loads of very flavorful 2 to 3-ounce, round, red tomatoes. Good flavor
An open-pollinated variety from Siberia producing 3", smooth, red-orange, dense, meaty fruit. Excellent flavor
This is the kind you usually find in grocery stores. A medium-sized, firm, juicy tomato similar to the beefsteak, it also has a good balance of sweetness and acidity. It's best raw, so reserve globe tomatoes for salads, cold sandwiches, or eating over the kitchen sink.
From Minsk, Belarus. Plant yields prolific amounts of 4-6 oz., 3-lobed, semi-hollow, red & yellow striped fruits. A great stuffing tomato
Developed at University of New Hampshire. An extra early, semi-determinate producer of beautiful, 2-inch, gold tomatoes. Crack resistant. Uniform ripening.
This is a beautiful smooth bicolor heirloom tomato that is mostly yellow with a red streak or blush running through the inside flesh. Large 1 lb. fruit with an excellent, sweet, fruity taste
This is not the hybrid variety of Goliath but an old fashioned, giant beefsteak tomato that grows on huge vines. Dark pink and slightly ribbed, they are meaty and have few seeds. Most fruits are 1-2 lbs. however some will reach up to 3 lbs. Heirloom from the late 1800's.
This is the grape tomato that has become so popular in grocery stores and farmer's markets. The flavor is concentrated and packs a punch. Lots of fruit that hang like grapes on large plants. Heat tolerant and easy to grow.
A variety of tomato that is small and round and most often used whole in salads or as a snack food and appetizer. It is generally available as either red or yellow in color and slightly smaller than a cherry or pear tomato, ranging in size from one half to almost an inch in diameter. It is closer in size to the currant tomato.
Green Bell Pepper
Picked before ripe, they have a sharp, tart taste and firm flesh, which makes them excellent for frying, broiling, and stewing. You don't want to eat them raw, but cooking green tomatoes softens the flesh and tempers the acidity.
One of our most popular tomatoes for its spectacular flavor. These beautiful small fruit start green with dark stripes and ripen to a yellow color keeping the green stripes. The amazing sweet and tart flavor makes this one great in Salsas and Salads. Plant early as it does not produce well in summer high temperatures
Seeds originating from the Altai Mts. Near the Chinese border of Siberia. 3-4 inch, dark-pink, round fruit with a delicious, big-tasting sweetness.
These tomatoes are old or original tomato varieties that fell out of production and have been reintroduced in recent years. They are open-pollinated and are not genetically altered to suit modern commercial production. Look for heirloom tomatoes at farmers' markets, or grow your own. Flavors vary widely among the hundreds of types, and there are myriad colors, shapes, and sizes. Among the best-loved varieties: mortgage lifter, brandywine, Arkansas traveler, Cherokee, and zebra.
Wonderful, sweet rich flavor is what gives this dark pink tomato its name. Large yields of beautiful, smooth 8 oz. fruit keep coming all season long on vigorous, disease-resistant plants.
Hybrid San Marzano
This is the hybrid version of San Marzanos that are great for canning, tomato paste, salsas, or any recipe that requires cooking which brings out the sugar in the fruit. Blocky-shaped, 3-1/2 inch long fruit with excellent sweet flavor and meaty texture. Bright red color
Italian Sweet Beefsteak
Huge, luscious red beefsteak tomatoes on tall plants can grow up to 3 lb fruits! Potato leaf heirloom plants produce tomatoes with excellent sweet, juicy Italian flavor
Hybrid, early plum sized tomato with pink, 1 1/2- to 2-ounce crack resistant fruit in clusters of 10 to 18. Parent to the grape tomato, this vigorous indeterminate plant produces tons of little "roma" type tomatoes perfect for a quick saute, or try drying or roasting them.
Absolutely delicious, nice sized beefsteak fruits have a sweet, full tomato flavor in a perfect shape for slicing on sandwiches. Vigorous potato-leaved vines are relatively productive for an heirloom plant. You will not be disappointed in these perfect tomatoes. Indeterminate.
One of our most popular tomatoes, this old fashioned variety of well-shaped, large fruit has very few seeds and a fantastic meaty interior texture. This one is extremely sweet and delicious in tomato sandwiches.
Mortgage lifter is the name given to a cultivar of tomato developed by M.C. Byles, also known as "Radiator Charlie", because he used it to save his house, selling it for a dollar per plant (back in the 1940s, when "a dollar meant something") in order to pay off his mortgage. When his radiator repair business slumped during the Great Depression, he started cross-breeding his four best tomato plants, until he came up with a stable derivation which he felt tasted better and had larger fruit. He promoted it as being able to feed a family of six, therefore getting the sky-high price of one dollar per plant, and paying off his house in just four years
Neves Azorean Red
This terrific red tomato was developed by Anthony Neves, who brought seeds from the Azores. There he kept selecting for larger size, resulting in a huge, beautiful beefsteak with 1 to 3 lb. deep red fruit bursting with rich, full flavor. This very big and acidic tomato is perfect for a tomato sandwich or a Caprese salad. Good Producer.
New Big Dwarf
A very special paste tomato which is extremely sweet as well as colorful. It bears a large number of fruit, which are delicate and flavorful, perfect for cooking into a fragrant "orange" tomato sauce
This is truly a WOW tomato which was a standout in our tomato testing this year. It is a bicolor heart-shaped tomato with smooth golden flesh marbled on the inside with streaks of red. A cross between Russian 117 and Georgia Streak. 1 to 2 lb. yellow-orange color with a pink blush, very meaty with flavor that is well balanced, delicious and sweet, somewhat fruity in flavor and has very few seeds. Indeterminate Heirloom..
One of the nicest dark pink slicers we've seen and tasted. Developed from 'Bradley'and 'Arkansas Traveler' crossed with Heinz and Campbells varieties. Highly productive vines with large 10-12 oz picture perfect, well flavored, deep globe shaped fruit on 5 foot vines. Very productive all season. Recommended for hot, humid, disease-prone areas.
A variety of the tomato that is similar in texture to cherry tomatoes but milder in flavor and smaller in size with a shape like a pear. It is available in several colors, which include red, yellow or orange, and is also known as the teardrop tomato. They are served whole in salads or as appetizers and snacks.
Fantastic, huge, golden orange variety with fruits that range from 1 to 2 lbs and 5" across! Rich color, meaty texture and good acid content make this a great selection which melts in your mouth. Fruity flavor and smooth flesh
An old-fashioned gorgeous yellow heirloom with red-orange stripes. This plant will not produce a huge quantity of fruit but what you get is very sweet and extremely large, up to 2 lbs. Rich flavorful tomato that is the most amazing size and texture. These are great to eat sliced and have exceptional color and sweetness.
An oval, egg-shaped tomato with good flavor and thick flesh, which makes it a good tomato for sauces, cooking and canning. Since it has a lower water content, it produces a thick and flavorful sauce. It is approximately 3 inches long, an inch or two in diameter and is available as a red or yellow tomato. This tomato is also known as the Italian, Roma, paste, sauce, or saladette tomato. Plum tomatoes are grown in the United States and Mexico and are readily available.
Purple Calabash although not new for 2006, we thought we would mention it to you as a "new" tomato because frequently we had sold out of this one last year. They have a ribbed shape to the fruit but they are really worth growing for the exceptional rich wine type flavor. These are the exact opposite of the "grocery store" tomato as they are so tangy and delicious they just melt in your mouth. The texture of Heirloom tomatoes is firm but juicy and rarely has a hard core that can ruin slices for a sandwich. (think of a tomato from Burger King when you get to the middle of the burger)
Roma Tomato or Roma is a plum tomato which is commonly found in supermarkets. The tomato is a meaty, egg- or pear-shaped tomato that is available in red and yellow. It has few seeds and is a good canning and sauce tomato. While Roma is an open-pollinated variety, it is generally not considered an heirloom tomato.
Roma tomatoes are grown in the United States, Mexico, Australia, and also possibly in Great Britain. The vines are determinate and fruit heavily, making Roma a popular variety with gardeners who do a lot of home canning. While Roma is an open-pollinated variety rather than a hybrid, it has been steadily improved to the point where most Roma tomato vines are fusarium wilt and verticillium resistant (thus the VF in the name). Most commercial plum tomatoes sold in markets in the Western Hemisphere are Romas or related types. Smaller plum-shaped tomatoes are sometimes sold as "baby Romas".
Rose de Berne
One of our very favorites! A delicious Swiss heirloom variety of dark pink tomatoes with soft meaty flesh. Beautiful quality, looks and taste. Pink, round and uniform. Simply excellent. Discovered in a market in Arles, France from a farmer growing a number of old tomato varieties. Very rich flavor, good acid and sweetness.
San Marzano (Redorta)
This is an authentic Italian heirloom tomato used all over Italy for canning. We chose a variety from Tuscany, named for a mountain in Bergamo. Huge plum type tomatoes grow to 4 1/2" long and 2" across. They have a meaty texture and full acidic flavor along with excellent sugar content for the best sauces.
VFFF and very heat-tolerant variety developed by the University of Florida for setting fruit in high temperatures. Medium to large-sized tomatoes are produced very heavily on plants that are resistant to three races of fusarium wilt, gray leaf spot, and show tolerance to cracking.
Stump of the World
This heirloom tomato has a funny name but an outstandingly rich, complex flavor. The dark red beefsteak-type fruit are a bit smaller and more productive than Brandywine.
This variety has proven itself to be the best flavored small tomato with the highest brix sugar level of all. A small golden cherry tomato with flavor that is very sweet and fruity. A bright orange color make these a great mix with Grape tomatoes in salads.
A tomato that has been sliced or cut in half and then dried in the sun (or in an oven). Drying the tomato gives it an intense, sweet flavor, that may also be somewhat tart, and a very chewy texture if completely dried and not marinated in oil. They are available fully dried without oil or dried and then softened and flavored by packing them in olive oil. Prior to being eaten, the fully dried variety can be soaked in water to rehydrate the tomato. Sun-dried tomatoes can be eaten raw as a snack or added to salads and other dishes. They are used to flavor pasta, vegetable dishes, appetizers, sauces, dips, soups, and sandwiches.
Sweet Baby Girl
Sweet Baby Girl is a new variety that allows a cherry type tomato in a small space. The leaves or branches are closer together than most tomatoes which keeps them compact but they drip with chains of small fruits that are perfect for snacking or salads. Cherry tomatoes store well in the kitchen so if you get thousands of fruits, you still should be able to eat them all. Sharing with the neighborhood is always appreciated. Try this one in small spaces, containers, earth boxes, and just about everywhere! Even upside down! (What's up with that anyway?) If anyone wants to try them that way, here is a link to a homemade upside-down hanger.
Sweet beaby girl cherry
A smaller more controllable sized plant produces tons of sweet flavorful fruits but the plants only grow to about 4 feet tall. Perfect for containers and Earthboxes. Dark red fruits grow in long clusters and are sweet and flavorful.
Huge plants produce large quantities of 1 inch dark red small sized fruit on incredibly long clusters. Tall vigorous plants which are very easy to grow and even easier to eat! Great for kids to grow. Super sweet they just jump in your mouth. Indeterminate.
For best flavor, tomatoes should stay on the vine until they're fully ripened. This is a tall order for growers, who prefer to pick tomatoes while they're still green and sturdy, and then gas them with ethylene until they turn red. Vine tomatoes, on the other hand, are picked after they begin to "break" or turn red, which allows them to develop fuller flavor. Expect to pay more for the special handling required to bring these to market.
Beautiful, deep, dark, pink beefsteak-sized fruit are melt in your mouth delicious. Great heirloom for sandwiches and salads, or make a meal out of one stacked with basil and mozzarella! Indeterminate.
Golden yellow teardrop shaped tiny fruit with a beautiful color and a sweet burst of flavor. Very prolific and very large vines. Easy to grow and the first of the season to ripen. Cherry-sized fruit and nice sweet flavor. Great for kids or containers.
A low-acid, meaty, sweet yellow heirloom tomato. Lots of fruits approx. 4-6 oz, with a bright lemon-yellow skin. Perfect for salads and slices. Early and very easy to grow.