1884

"Seed of this heirloom variety was supposedly discovered in a pile of debris after the Great Flood of 1884. It has survived to this day because of the huge, superbly flavored fruit it produces in generous numbers. Dark pink tomatoes are at least 1 pound, and usually more toward 2 pounds, and juicy, brimming with delicious, old-fashioned taste." Tomato Growers Supply

Abraham Lincoln (regular)

"Each cluster has as many as 9 bright red fruit each weighing 1-2 lbs. Round and smooth, rather than ribbed, and very meaty with few seeds; taste is mild but not bland." Tomato Growers Supply

Abraham Lincoln Improved

Cross breeding kept the fine taste of the original Abe Lincoln but created a plant that ripens earlier, has more disease resistance and higher yields.

Alaska Fancy

Totally Tomatoes 2005 catalog reads, "Excellent for those short-season summers. Pear-shaped, bright red plums produce abundant yields to satisfy your salad and canning needs for the season. Its earliness does not detract one bit from its juicy flavor! Fruits are 2" X 1.5" and weigh about 2 oz. each."

Amana Orange

"Huge orange beefsteak that can grow to 2 lbs. and more, with an average diameter of 5 in. Flavor is mild and quite pleasant." Tomato Growers Supply

Amazon Chocolate

Large, up to one pound plus, this may become a new classic. The flavor is described as "sweet, rich, complex, and having wine-like overtones." It is reputed to hold up well in heat and drought conditions.  Picture from Sustainable Seed Company.

Amish Gold

"Cross between Amish Paste and Sungold. Fruit is 1 1/2"-2" long, oblong shape with sharply-pointed end. Fruit has the gold color and flavor of the Sungold and the meatiness of the Amish Paste."  Text from TomatoFest  Picture from Hazard's Seeds.

Amish Paste

"Amish heirloom variety produces paste-type fruit with an oblong oxheart shape. 8 oz. tomatoes are solid with an outstandingly good, sweet flavor."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Amish Salad

"Small pink, 2 oz., oval cherries seem to last forever on the vine without rotting or losing flavor. Flesh is very firm, mild and sweet. Up to 6 blemish-free fruits per cluster, with many clusters on large plants ... with heavy foliage." Text and picture from Totally Tomatoes

Ananas Noire

"Also known as Black Pineapple, this is one of the most interesting tomatoes we offer. The skin has shades of green, purple, orange, and yellow. Bright green flesh has burst of red streaks … flavor starts out sweet and ends with the perfect amount of tang ... tremendous amount of 1.5 pound fruits." Territorial Seed Company Picture from Totally Tomatoes.

Anna Russian

"Medium sized pink and red heart shaped fruits. Good producer with wonderful flavor. The seed was said to originate from a Russian immigrant in Oregon several generations ago." Tomato Bob

Atkinson Tomato

"Vigorous, heavy foliage, firm, smooth light red flattened globes with green shoulders, meaty, 6-16 ounces. Good color and flavor. First breeder, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. Out of production for some years, my friend Ella found some seeds and thus saved this variety." Gary Millwood  Picture from Baker Creek.

Aunt Gertie's Gold

"Fast becoming a favorite variety.  Medium, deep gold, fluted fruits pack a real flavor punch, much more intense than other golds. Very tomatoey.  A Virginia heirloom found by Chuck Wyatt." Marianna's Heirloom Seeds  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Aunt Ginny's Purple

"This heirloom beefsteak variety has flavor so excellent and rich that some folks claim it is equal to or better than Brandywine. Deep pink tomatoes weigh 12 to 16 ozs. and are mostly smooth with very little cracking. Potato-leaved plants are vigorous and give good yields of these juicy and delicious tomatoes." Tomato Growers Supply, text and picture.

Aunt Ruby's German Green

This is my wife's favorite. Large (12 to 16 ozs.) green fruits ripen to pale green with a tint of yellow. The flavor is sweet, yet spicy and quite delicious. Terry agrees with my wife, saying, "Aunt Ruby's German Green is my favorite. The best mater ever in my never-to-be-humble opinion."

Aussie

"This is one of those varieties to grow when you want a really big impressive red tomato to show off to your friends. This fruit is huge, at least a pound or two, and borne abundantly on large, vigorous plants. Its flavor is as big as its size, bursting with a great blend of sugars and acids -- a full old-fashioned tomato taste. Heirloom variety from Australia." Tomato Growers Supply picture and text.

Austin's Red Pear

"A real standout among all of Seed Savers' red pears. Extra large 2" red tomatoes with excellent flavor. Very productive; occasionally a plant with yellow fruit appears."  Text and picture from Seed Savers Exchange

Azoychka

"A very productive Russian heirloom found at the Bird Market in Moscow. ("Azoychka" is a woman's name.). Our TomatoFest organic tomato seeds produce indeterminate, regular-leaf tomato plants that produce an abundant crop of smooth, 3-inch round, slightly flattened, yellow/orange tomatoes with a sweet citrusy flavor." TomatoFest  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Barry's Crazy Cherry n17

NEW for 2017 

"Regular leaf plants. Multiflora type. Large trusses of small cream colored teardrop-shaped fruits with a blunt tip. Very good mild flavor with a touch of acidity. Very productive."  Text and picture from Tatiana's TOMATObase.

Beam's Yellow Pear

"This was our favorite when we compared 25 different yellow pears in 1998. Endless supply of 1 1/2" pear tomatoes with great taste, ideal for salads."  Text and picture from Seed Savers Exchange

Bear Creek n17

NEW for 2017 

"A 10 to 14 oz round, slightly oblate, maroon, purple (clear skin color) beefsteak....  It may be the earliest large fruited tomato to show up in your garden. The flavor is full and complex and tells you this is a real thoroughbred. I got just the perfect amount of sweetness on the finish with all the flavors of what we come to expect in great tomatoes. You may find other tomatoes with good flavor, but none better than this one."  Muddy Bucket Farms

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Beauty

A customer recommended Beauty. "While the name of this tomato speaks of its lovely ribbed and scalloped appearance, it is the wonderful, old-fashioned tomato flavor that really sets it apart. Heavy crops of 12 to 16-oz. beefsteaks mature fairly early on vigorous plants that stay at a manageable size, unlike some other varieties in this class. Add to this outstanding productivity, great flavor, and ability to keep well after harvest and you have one beautiful tomato!" Tomato Growers Supply picture and text.

Beefmaster

"Fruits often weigh up to 2 pounds. Meaty tomatoes big enough to overlap burgers! Nearly seedless, with rich flavor. Great slicer." Gurney's Seeds & Nursery

Beefsteak

The original "hamburger" sized tomato. Up to 2 lbs., the fruit is slightly ribbed, flattened, solid and meaty. Some years hard to ripen in Oregon. Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Bellstar

Extremely productive paste tomato has fruit almost twice the size of regular plum types. 4 to 5 oz. tomatoes are borne on compact plants that become nearly covered in fruit. Tomatoes are resistant to cracking and excellent for paste, canning, or juice.  Picture from High Mowing Organic Seed.

Berkeley Tie-Dye

Berkeley Tie-Dye may not make you a hippie, but its unusual looks will get your attention. 8-16 oz. green with yellow & red stripes inside & out. Taste it and you'll want to grow it again.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Better Boy

Rugged vines produce large crops of bright red, 12 to 16 oz. smooth, flavorful fruit. Similar to Big Boy, but with additional disease resistance. Firm and perfect for slicing. One of the best tasting, best producing garden tomatoes available anywhere.  Picture from Tomato Gorwers Supply.

Better Bush

Better Bush plants top out at about four feet, so they need only a little support. The reported four inch fruits are said to be sweet and meaty with "real tomato taste".  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Big Beef

Big Beef combines old fashioned tomato flavor with high tech disease resistance and large, award winning fruits up to 10 to 12 oz. Produces abundant yields of attractive, uniform, full sized fruits right up to frost.

Big Boy

One of the first hybrid tomatoes to be developed for the home gardener, almost 50 years ago. One plant can produce over a bushel of large beefy fruit often weighing over 1 lb. Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Big Brandy

I saw Big Bandy listed by several seed companies.  Attracked by claims of large size, wonderful flavor and large size I thought we should give it a try.  Described as "semi-determinate" leads me to beleive this will tend to be a compact plant.  Learn more  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Big Mama

My tomato buddy Al keeps telling me how great this one is. This is a Burpee exclusive. Al loves the taste and the huge fruit size. So if you like to make delicious, creamy, thick sauce give Big Mama a try. Burpee claims it peels very easily after boiling.

Big Orange V n17

NEW for 2017

This is an open pollinated variety that looks and tastes very similar to the hybrid Sungold.

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Big Rainbow

"What an astonishing feast for the eyes! The flesh inside is marbled with red in the bottom half of the fruit. It has a big, lumpy beefsteak shape with a very mild and sweet flavor. It's a knockout on a platter with slices of our other tomato varieties. The large fruits (often 22 ounces) are borne on tall plants." Burpee.com

Big Zac

Produces tomatoes up to 4 to 6 lbs. Meaty and delicious, very disease resistant, a cross between a red and pink heirloom variety.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Big Zebra

"A tomato that is red and green-striped is 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. ... Fruit is medium to large with a mild, sweet flavor." Tomato Growers Supply

Black & Brown Boar

"Pumps out 3-4" fruit like crazy. Aggressive grower and producer. Great flavor, dark earthy tones of rich tomato." Wild Boar Farms

Black Beauty n17

NEW for 2017 - very limited supply

"World’s Darkest Tomato-- the darkest tomato we know of! A dark, meaty, very rich-fleshed tomato with extreme anthocyanin expression (same antioxidant in blueberries and blackberries). So dark that some tomatoes turn solid blue-black on the skin. Deep red flesh is among the best tasting of all tomatoes. Rich, smooth and savory with earthy tones. Hangs well on the vine and stores very well, and the flavor improves with room-temperature storage. Our own Dave Kaiser tasted it at the 2015 National Heirloom Exposition and proclaimed it as the BEST tomato he had ever eaten.  www.rareseeds.com

Black Cherry

Black Cherry fruits are perfectly rounded, and have both the classic black color and fruity taste. The plants are vigorous, growing over six feet high and are very productive. This is now one of out top sellers.

Black Early

"A fairly early, black variety from France that is of medium to large size. Fruit are round to irregular in shape and of a deep purple-pink color. This variety has finely flavored flesh that is well balanced and sweet. It is a great choice for home gardeners with shorter seasons." Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Black from Tula

A robust Russian heirloom and perhaps the largest of the dramatic blacks with dark green shoulders. Slightly flattened fruits will grow 3-5 inches in diameter.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Black Giant

"Big, purple-black fruit are a favorite of seed collectors, who rave about this one’s fantastic flavor! The dark, globe fruit weigh 6-14 oz and are borne on highly productive vines that start producing fairly early. These have a wonderful taste; the perfect blend of acid and sugars makes this one really stand out; highly delicious!"  Text and picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Black Krim

"Dark Brown-red tomatoes are large, 10-12 oz., and very richly flavored with a hint of saltiness. Color is darker in hot weather, and fruit seems to set well even in the heat. Prone to cracking, but a very heavy producer." Tomato Growers Supply picture and text.

Black Pear

"Dark brown tomatoes are shaped like miniature pears and flavored with an excellent, rich taste. Potato-leaved plants produce an abundance of these beautiful, 4 to 6 oz. fruit, perfect for salads or as a unique additon to platters." Tomato Growers Supply picture and text.

Black Plum

Small elongated oval fruits are deep mahogany and sweet and fruity. I find these wonderful for snacking off the vine or for adding color and flavor to salads. 6-foot tall plants produce a steady, large crop.

Black Prince

Russian heirloom produces small to medium oval fruit, about 2 in. in diameter. Uniform, blemish free, very juicy.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Black Sea Man

"A hardy Russian heirloom that looks odd but tastes delicious. Rich, tangy tomato flavor in medium-sized, 4 to 8 oz. fruits with brown-black skins and pink shoulders. Fruits are slightly plum-shaped, revealing skeleton-like veins when blanched and peeled."  Text and picture from Totally Tomatoes.

Black Vernissage

"New! Here is a lovely "Black" tomato that is loaded with flavor as well as production. This 2 oz. tomato, along with its other Vernissage cousins is sure to make a big splash in the garden as well as the kitchen. They are perfect for rich tasting sauces." Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Blondkopfchen

"Small golden-yellow fruits with excellent sweet taste. Fruits are borne in giant clusters, enormous yields, and never a cracked fruit. Bears until frost." "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."  Text and picture from Seed Savers Exchange

Bloody Butcher

Very early and high yielding variety. Strong tomato flavor and exceptional dark red color inside and out. Multi-purpose fruits are borne in clusters of five to nine and average 4 oz. A favorite of Steve & Shyla.  Picture from Burpee.

Blue Fruit

"A distinctive purplish-gray hue is what gives this 'black' tomato its name. Potato-leaved foliage, medium-sized, about 8 ozs. fruits and boast that uniquely robust yet sweet flavor that makes black tomatoes so outstanding." Picture and text from Tomato Growers Supply.

Blush

The 2" long fruit have an unforgettable tropical sweet flavor reminiscent of pineapple. Pick when the pink blush starts to appear over the yellow background. They do tend to crack eaisily, but the taste was wonderful and well worth dealing with the split flesh.

Bobcat n17

NEW for 2017 

"Move over beefsteaks; here comes the prime rib! Picture-perfect, smooth-skinned fruit have firm, meaty, gloriously red flesh and a classic tomato shape. These impressive 10 ounce slicers load heavily on powerful, strapping, determinate plants. Quick to mature, you can be enjoying Bobcat's mild, slightly acidic flavor on BLTs and burgers earlier in the season than most other varieties of this type."  Territorial Seed Company

Bonny Best

Smooth meaty, dark red fruits are excellent for canning or eating fresh. Up to 8 ozs. in size. An old favorite because it is dependable.

Box Car Willie

From mid season to the first frost, you will get a heavy crop of medium sized (6 - 10 oz.) great tasting, smooth tomatoes.

Brandy Boy

Recommended by Julie in 2006, this Burpee exclusive has proven itself to me. They are now one of the delights of my garden. Wonderful flavor packed in very attractive large red fruits. Burpee recomends caging for highest yields and best quality fruit. Picture from Burpee.

Brandymaster Red n17

NE for 2017 

"This modern strain of classic Brandywine delivers world famous flavor packed into medium to large fruits, unrivaled among similar varieties. Shiny, red fruits weigh up to 1 lb. with firm, juicy flesh and an incredible, rich tomato taste. Potato-leaved plants do well under a wide range of conditions.​"  Click here for image.

Brandywine Pink

Has the flavor to which all other tomatoes are compared. This is the Amish heirloom that started all the excitement. An indeterminate, potato-leafed variety with a sweet, rich, slightly spicy flavor. The fruits are large, lobed, and slightly irregular.  Many fruits are one to two pounds and make GREAT sandwiches!

Brandywine Red

"This is a version of Brandywine that offers red fruit with luscious old-time, red tomato flavor. Plants are extremely productive, bearing long harvests of the 10 to 16 ounce fruit."  Picture and text from Tomato Growers Supply

Brandywine Red - Landis

Brandywine taste and size, but with smoother fruit and greater production - with claims like that how could I resist trying it? The plants have regular tomato leaves. This one should make some really nice sandwiches and/or slices for hamburgers.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Brandywine Sudduth's Strain

"Many gardeners consider this strain the best Brandywine with fruit that is superior in taste and smoothness. Its tomatoes are indeed special, 1 to 2 lb. pink beefsteaks with the delectably complex, rich, sweet flavor that has made Brandywine justifiably famous."  Picture and text from Tomato Growers Supply

Brandywine True Black

"Bred in the late 1920's. ... great-tasting tomato that is extra large in size and full of the deep, earthy and sweet flavor that has made blackish-purple tomatoes so popular. Some fruits tended to crack, but the yield was heavy, and the plants were vigorous ..." Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Brandywine Yellow

"Large yellow fruit of exceptional quality, creamy texture and gourmet taste. Fruit size is from 12 to 24 oz., and vines have potato-leaved foliage. An extremely good-tasting tomato and one that is especially beautiful." Tomato Growers Supply

Brandywine Yellow Platfoot

Yellow Brandywine is my favorite yellow tomato because of its taste and size. Most yellows are sweet and mild. This one is full of "real tomato flavor", and the Platfoot strain is reported to have greater productivity and a smoother shape than the regular Yellow Brandywine.

Brown Berry

"Earthy-brown color ... More than a novelty - the fruits have very good flavor and are sweet and juicy. A very different look for fresh and cooked cuisine." Totally Tomatoes

Buckbee's New 50 day

I have not read a catalog that promises ripe fruit in 50 days, but they all mention high yields and good taste very early even in cooler, short seasons.Picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed. 

Burgess Stuffing Tomato

"…this tomato has the appearance of a hollow bell pepper but the delicious taste of a real tomato. Stuff with cold salads or bake like stuffed peppers. Very tall, vigorous plants produce an incredible number of large, bright red fruit having only a few, easily removable seeds up around the core." Tomato Growers Supply  Picture from Reimer Seeds.

Burpee's Big Boy

"The hallmark of this large, crack-free tomato is its absolutely superb flavor. Bright red, firm, meaty fruits often weigh 1 pound or more, and feature smooth, blemish-resistant skins."  Text and picture from Totally Tomatoes

Burpee's Jubilee

Heavy yields of golden orange, deep globular, 3 inch fruits with mild flavor.

Burpee's Supersteak

"Burpee's Supersteak tomatoes are high yielding, delicious and extremely large. They are an improvement over the old beefsteak types and have smaller blossom end scars. Multiple disease resistance." Harris Seeds

Bush Ealy Girl

My plant produced an abundance of 2-3 inch very firm, meaty fruits. The plants are compact, patio-type that need little or no support. Good salad tomato because they are meaty with little juice.

Cabernet

"Performed very well even into the cool nights of the late season; did not crack, and the flavor stayed intact without becoming washed out. High yields, with nice grape-like truss presentation on a sprawling plant." Territorial Seed Company  Picture from Reimer Seeds.

Cal Ace

Not finding regular Ace seeds, I tried this one from Victory Seeds, described as semi-determinate, improved version of Ace that is a bit earlier with thicker walls. Oblate-shaped, smooth skinned fruits ripen uniformily, are meaty and sweet.  Picture from Reimer Seeds.

Carbon

"Winner of the 2005 Heirloom Garden Show" best-tasting tomato award. This variety has won taste awards from coast to coast in the last few years, so we were proud to locate a small supply of the seed. The fruit are smooth, large, and beautiful, being one of the darkest and prettiest of the purple types we have ever seen. They also seem to have an extra dose of the complex flavor dark tomatoes are famous for." Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Carmello

"Gourmet French tomato, very popular in Europe. Good producer of smooth, large juicy full-flavored fruits with a balance of sugars and acids. Starts producing early and keeps going until fall. Widely adapted and crack resistant."  Text from Nichols Garden Nursery.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Carolina Gold

Added by reqest, Carolina Gold is listed as a determinate plant but vigorous enough that supporting with cage or stakes is recommended.  Said to be very flavorable, low acid, even golden yellow inside and out.  Picture from Totally Tomatoes.  More info.

Caspian Pink

Originally grown in Russia in the area between the Caspian and Black Seas. Outstanding taste, it has beaten Brandywine in several taste tests. I did not grow it one year, and had so many customers disappointed that I keep it on my list now.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Celebrity

"Exceptionally flavorful, firm 7 to 8 oz. fruit on strong vines with good cover and outstanding disease resistance. Highly productive and widely adaptable."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Chadwick Cherry

aka Camp Joy.  " Delicious, sweet flavor makes this 1-ounce cherry popular with home gardeners. Large vines set huge yields and are disease resistant. Developed by the late horticultural expert Alan Chadwick. He sure had a winner with this one!"  Text and picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Charlie Chaplin

"Not sure how this one got it's name, but it is unusual. Accordion-shaped, ruffled fruits are deeply ridged, dark red and weigh 3-4 ounces. Rich, juicy flavor, excellent stuffing variety." rachelssupply.com

Cherokee Chocolate

"Craig LeHoullier stabilized this rogue heirloom originating from the popular old heirloom from Tennessee, Cherokee Purple. This 4-inch beefsteak variety has developed a great following among celebrity chefs because of its exceptionally rich tomato flavors and wonderful chocolate mahogany color."  Text from TomatoFest  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Cherokee Green

Earlier and bigger than Green Zebra, but with bold taste and color. Duck fans certainly should try this one. Should be a terrific accent color and flavor in salsa and salads.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Cherokee Purple

"8-12 oz. fruits, a Tennessee heirloom reportedly of Cherokee Indian orgin. Vigorous, indeterminate plants produce choice large redish green tomatoes with a purple cast. Less productive than some, but well worth growing for the superior flavor. Disease resistant. Grows well in the south." Text from Seeds of Change. Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Cherry Roma

Good taste, cherry, and roma are not normally put together to describe a tomato. But this productive heirloom really needs all three words to describe it. Meaty, almost crunchy, plum-shaped taste delights!

Chianti Rose

What a combination! Big 1 to 2 pound fruit earlier than most yet delivering the heirloom look and taste we all want. Potato leafed plants set heavy yields of delicious fruit.

Chocolate Cherry

"These cherries have both skin and flesh shaded an attractive combination of port wine and chestnut with a comparably delicious and multifaceted flavor. The super productive, indeterminate plants produce trusses of 1 inch round fruit nonstop."  Text and picture from Territorial Seed Company

Chocolate Sprinkles

"As irresistibly tempting as its well-deserved name, Chocolate Sprinkles is the perfect balance of flavor, appearance, yield, and disease resistance. These elongated, bite-sized tomatoes have striking, forest green streaks over deep coppery-red and a delightfully sweet taste. Indeterminate plants produce abundant, thick trusses of the scrumptious, crack-resistant fruit."  Territorial Seed Company

Chocolate Sprinkles n17

NEW for 2017 

"As irresistibly tempting as its well-deserved name, Chocolate Sprinkles is the perfect balance of flavor, appearance, yield, and disease resistance. These elongated, bite-sized tomatoes have striking, forest green streaks over deep coppery-red and a delightfully sweet taste. Indeterminate plants produce abundant, thick trusses of the scrumptious, crack-resistant fruit."  Territorial Seed Company

Chocolate Stripes

"One of the most amazing tomatoes we have ever grown. For both color and taste, this variety excels. Fruit is deep reddish-brown inside; the outside is covered with beautiful orange and lime colored stripes. One of the most unique looking tomatoes we have ever tried. It is very sweet and yet has a full-rich flavor, and this is the reason this tomato places very high in taste tests. A favorite here with the staff at Baker Creek. Fruit is medium to large and are (sic) of a slightly flattened globe shape."   Text and picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Christmas Grapes

"NEW! Better by the bunch! Highly productive plants yield a steady stream of 1" fruits that are borne in clusters of 10-20. Incredibly sweet tomato flavor." Seed Savers Exchange  Picture from Reimer Seeds.

Clackamas Blueberry

"Another excellent blue variety with rich anthocyanin's making for a deep color. Very nice flavor, similar to a cherry tomato variety. Fruits are about the size of a large cherry and ripen to a dark blue. An outstanding Tom Wagner variety."  Trade Winds Fruit

Cluster Goliath

Season long production of 4-5 oz. fruits that can be picked a cluster at a time. They are reported to hold their excellent flavor for up to two weeks after picking.

Copia

"These very beautiful tomatoes are a stunning combination of fine-lined golden yellow and red stripes. While visually exciting, the real treat comes when you cut them open. Their gold flesh is streaked with red and is very juicy, flavorful, and sweet. ... weigh about one pound each."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Cosner

"Regular leaf plants produce good quantities of dark pink, eight to twelve ounce fruits that have a very good flavor.  They typically are an elongated-globe shape but are sometimes inconsistently shaped with some developing a classic heart shape."  Victory Seeds

Costoluto Fiorentino

"Produces loads of bright red tomatoes with terrific flavor. Tomatoes are typically about 8 ounces, but may be larger, with a smooth shape rather than the heavily ribbed shape typical of Costoluto Genovese. The flavor is high in sugar, but also high in acid, making for outstanding taste that's wonderful fresh or made into sauces." Tomato Growers Supply Mary reports, "Loved the Costoluto Genovese and Costoluto Fiorentino - both did amazingly well for me as usual! Canned more Tom sauce than ever last year."

Costoluto Genovese

"Large, deep-red, juicy tomatoes are deeply ribbed but fully flavored and absolutely delicious. This variety is hearty and does well in hot weather, but continues to produce even when the weather turns cool. Loved the Costoluto Genovese and Costoluto Fiorentino - both did amazingly well for me as usual! Canned more Tom sauce than ever last year."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Country Taste

This should be a really great hamburger and sandwich tomato if it lives up to the catalog claims of "firm and juicy fruit packed with 'real tomato' flavor."

Cream Sausage

" A unique new variety. Creamy white to light yellow sausage-shaped fruit, very productive busy plants. Nice sweet flavor, great for salsa and for a fabulous colored sauce!"  text from Seed Savers Exchange.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Creme Brulee

"A lovely tomato from the former Soviet Union. This variety produces pretty, globe shaped fruit of medium size. They are a stunning deep caramel color with hints of red and chocolate. The flavor is rich, sweet and full-bodied, and the texture is tender and smooth. An attractive tomato that is great for both home and market."  Text and picture from Bakers Creek Seed Company.

Crnkovic Gold n17

NEW for 2017 

Crnkovic Gold came to me as a free gift from Heritage Seed Market.  I can find references to a Crnkovic Yugoslavian​ tomato but it is described as bearing pink not yellow fruit.  I know it is an indeterminate, mid season plant.  It looks great in their picture!

Cuore di Bue

When I saw this one featured in several catalogs, I figured I had to have it. It certainly fits the "unusual" category. One of the largest saucing/paste tomatoes I've found, it is a squat pear shape, measuring almost 4 inches. The dense flesh in nice, but they say it also has better flavor than other sauce types. Add the orange/red skin, and you have a real eye and mouth catcher.  Picture from Territorial Seed Company.

Dagma's Perfecton

"This beautiful bi-colored heirloom tomato is distinctive among other yellow and red varieties because of its pastel coloring. It matures to a soft shade of pale yellow painted with subtle striping of light red. The 12 oz. slightly flattened fruit has delicious, rich flavor with nuances of tropical fruit that suits it well to simple salads or slices with only a light drizzle of dressing." Tomato Growers Supply

Damascus Steel

The picture on Marrianna's Heirloom Seeds web site was too beautiful not to try.  This is how they describe it.  "Bred by Dean Slater for enhanced looks and flavor in an antho tomato. Mini striped 3-6 oz. indeterminate. Rich, sweet flavor, with a nice bit of acidity."

Dana

For my good veteran friend named Dana. All I know about it is this brief descripton, "Bright red, 6 oz. fruits, acidic in nature." Pehaps if you grow this one, you will say a prayer for our men & women in the armed services each time you notice it in your garden.

Daydream n17

NEW for 2017 

"Daydream is a large, smooth round to oblate red tomato from Australia. ... I was impressed by the perfection of the fruit. ... The flavor was that of an honest-to-goodness BLT sandwich tomato. You know when you eat that sandwich that you have a homegrown tomato inside, full-flavored without sourness or any odd lingering notes on your tastebuds."  Bunny Hop Seeds 

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Debarao

Requested by Debbie. She told me it was "the best tomato I've tasted". Great taste combined with early ripening and all season production should make this perfect for salsa lovers, but it should also be great for salads and omlets.  Picture from Peaceful Valley Garden Supply.

Delicious

"Huge red fruit is smooth, nearly solid, and often weighs more than 1 lb. Excellent flavor, tiny seed cavities, and very little cracking." Tomato Growers Supply

Dorothy's Delight

Featured by Al's Garden Centers in 2009, I grew it and saved the seeds. It was promoted as rather ugly but with outstanding size and taste. My results were large, but less taste than I had hoped for. But worth trying, if you did not try it last year.

Druzba

"Bulgarian heirloom first offered to SSE members by Carolyn Male. Translates as 'friendship.' Round 4" fruits are slightly flattened and blemish-free. Heavy set of smooth red fruits. Good flavor, sweet but tart. Deserves to be used more as a main-crop red tomato."  Text from Seed Savers Exchange.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Dwarf Beauty King

"'Dwarf Beauty King' is a very productive rugose, regular leaf dwarf-type plant. Its fruits are medium sized, oblate shaped, smooth skinned, and red in color with vertical, gold striping; truly beautiful. As an added bonus to their beauty, they offer a rich, balanced flavor.​"  Text from Victory Seeds.

Dwarf Blazing Beauty

"Plants are vigorous with rgose, potato leaves.  Teh fruits are medium to medium large (four to forteen ounces), smooth oblate and a deep orange color in and out.  The flavor sparkles with an ample tart bite and is quite intense, very much resembling one of its parents, 'Eibe'."  Victory Seeds

Dwarf Emerald Giant

From "Dwarf Tomato Project" via Victory Seeds.  This four foot plant produces 8 to 12 ounce green when ripe fruit ripenig late in the season.  More info

Dwarf Mr. Snow

"Mid-late season variety, treetype -- Fruits are smooth and oblate, ranging from 6 to 10 ounces, and are a lovely ivory color - though a pale pink blossom end blush developes on many of the fruit."  Victory Seeds

Dwarf Sweet Sue

"A rugose, potato leaf dwarf that will reach from four to five feet tall by the end of the growing season, and produces variably shaped (round to oblate), smooth, bright yellow fruit in the five to eighteen ounce range.  The fruit have a well balanced, full, delicious flavor with particularly sweet overtones."  Victory Seeds

Dwarf Uluru Ochre n17

NEW for 2017 

"Uniquely colored that are the first "black/orange" we've seen; Absolutely delicious, smokey flavor​."  Victory Seeds

Earl of Edgecomb

"The smooth, 3-inch, round, uniformly ripening fruits are beautiful orange globes, typically borne in clusters of two or more. Flesh is firm, meaty and exceptionally flavorful." Tomatofest  Picture from Marianna's.

Early Cascade

This highly desirable hybrid was off the market for a couple of years. I found a source on-line and am praying they are true. Many customers near me proclaim Early Cascade matures earlier and dependably gives heavy yields even in cool locatioins and/or seasons. Expect clusters of 7 to 9, medium-sized fruit, bright red and delicious for salads, sandwiches or canning.

Early Choice

"Finally a great taste in an early tomato! The 4 ounce red fruit grows in clusters and has a sugar/acid flavor balance not usually found in early tomatoes. The potato leaved plants offer excellent disease resistance and performs well in both coastal and dry areas."  The Online Greenhouse

Early Doll

Bob Woods brought this one to my attention. Early Doll may well give Moskovich and Stupice some competition. While it is determinate, so it won't produce all season, it promises to give us a very early taste of things to come. Some catalogs show 55 days to maturity! Reported to be packed with good flavor, the mid sized fruits (4-5 oz.) are a bright red and should really dress up early salads.

Early Girl

"This variety is indeed early, but its main feature is an abundance of really delicious, medium-sized fruits packed with old fashioned full tomato flavor, acid-tasting yet sweet. While most are about 8 oz., fruit can grow to 1 lb." Tomato Growers Supply

Early Goliath

"Superb size, perfect shape, continous production, luscious flavor and broad disease resistance of the marvelous original. ... extra-large harvest of big, 8 oz., red, sweet fruits that are deep oblate to globe-shaped." Totally Tomatoes  Picture from Reimer Seeds.

Early Red Chief

"Early, bushy plant yields delicious, 10 ounce slicing tomatoes. Fruits are red, firm and plentiful." Seeds of Change

Early Willamette

"A great extra early red tomato with good yields on short determinate bushes. Fruit set in clusters with 3 good concentrated flushes. All with good flavor & appearance." Adaptive Seeds

Emerald Evergreen

"Medium-large fruit that stay 'evergreen'. The large plants set heavy yields of these beauties having lovely lime-green color. The flavor is rich and superbly sweet. It’s one of the best." Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. Terry and Carol agree, saying, "most prolific of the green tomatoes that we've tried." Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Eva Purple Ball

"Huge yields of sweet, juicy round fruit that is delicious for salads, sandwiches, and a variety of other uses. Dark pink fruit is smooth and usually abut 2 inches across. Heirloom variety from Germany."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Everett's Rusty Oxheart

What a beauty!   Regular leaf, unusual heart-shaped fruits with yellowish-green flesh and brownish-red exterior, medium to large size.  Look!

Extreme Bush

"The plants grow twelve to twenty eight inches tall, are tremendously productive, and produce fruit over a long period of time. The leaves interestingly curl up and inward. The fruits are very flavorful, weigh about three ounces, are globe-shaped and red in color."  Victory Seeds
 

Faelan's First Snow n17

NEW for 2017  Very Limited 

I had to try this one because of the beautifully varigated foliage.  But I only purchased 10 seeds, so availability is very limited.  While the plant was descirbed in great detail, little was said about the fruit.  A picture of the fruit looks deep red with dark shoulders  So if you order it you will be taking as big a chance as I am. 

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Fantastic

Linda wrote me, "We have always done well with Fantastic, and really liked their size and flavor. You haven't had them in a few years." So I have brought it back! The 3-5 inch, round firm slicers are reported to be very solid, meaty, bright red and rich in beefsteak flavor. Very high yielding.  Picture from Totally Tomatoes.

Far Eastern Rose

Several years ago, right at the end of the Spring Garden Fair, a lady gave me some seeds from Russia. This one really surprised my taste buds with a unique sweet, fruity, delightful taste. Compact plants gave an abundant supply of salad sized fruits. Master Gardners have rated it very high in two tomato tastings.

Fat Mama

A very large, 3 1/2 x 5", 10 oz., red meaty paste tomato that is very sweet. Al (and anyone else), please compare this one to the hybrid Big Mama and let me know how you think they compare. Several folks did give me their comparison results and they liked Big Mama better. Please let me know your opinion. Thanks!  Picture from Pase Seeds.

Federle

"Beautiful 6-7" long paste tomato, rich full flavor unlike most other banana pepper-shaped tomatoes. Very few seeds, excellent for processing, especially good for salsa." Text and picture from Seed Saver's Exchange.

Fireworks

Several sources describe Fireworks as one of the largest, earliest red slicing tomatoes available. It's flavor is described as "excellent". This combination of size, earliness, and good taste is truly uncommon, its bright red fruit are 2 1/2 inches across, round with a pointed tip, and borne quite heavily on vigorous plants.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Flamingo

"A rosy pInk tomato that's a beauty to behold and tantalizing to taste. These chunky, juicy fruits burst with sumptuous, exotic, pineappely nectar. The vigorous, indeterminate plants yield flocks of 1 3/4 inch, oblong treats. ..." Territorial Seed Company  Picture from Gurney's.

Flamme

"Also known as Jaune Flamme', these beautiful orange salad tomatoes are very juicy and have a good, sweet flavor with fruity overtones. Tomatoes weigh 2 to 3 ozs. and are a lovely persimmon orange color both inside and out. Extremely productive heirloom from France."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Florida Petite n17

New for 2017 

Florida Petite is similar to Red Robin in that it can be grown in a six inch pot.  The very compact plant produces thin skinned red cherry tomatoes.  Great for a sunny window indoor for a shut-in or on an office desk. 

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Fourth of July

Fourth of July sounds like a real winner for cool, short seasons. "Firm but juicy" they claim, so should be great for salads. And, at 2 1/2 inches across, this may be your first tomato to use on summer hamburgers.

Fox

"Prolific vines bear large, red cherry tomatoes with rich, full-bodied, mildly acidic flavor. Its outstanding color and flavor make this cherry variety one of the finest we’ve found in our trials. The healthy, vigorous vines need to be staked."  Text and picture from Seeds of Change

Fred's Tie Dye

From "Dwarf Tomato Project" via Victory Seeds.  "This is a regular-leafed, mid-season variety that grows to about fur feet in height.  The purple fruit is striped with gold and green and averages five to six ounces.  Interior flesh is deep crimson and has a rich, blanced flavor."  More info

French Red Pear

Geoff spotted these large pear shaped tomatoes and they looked very unusual, so I had to try them. Definitely NOT the cherry sized Red Pear! These are "beefsteak" sized and should be great for sandwiches.

Fresh Salsa

Pattie in Sandy wanted Fresh Salsa so much she gave me the seeds late last year. The 4-5 ounce fruits are very firm even when chopped very small for salsa or salads. Good flavor and high yields on bushy plants.  Picture from Burpee.

Garden Gem

New from University of Florida, test sample only.  "This plant is determinate, producing a large amount of elongated, red 2-25 ounce frouts over 5-6 weeks.  It's an early bearer with first fruits ripening 50-55 days after transplanting.

Garden Treasure

This is a test of a new developement at the University of Florida.  "This plant is ineterminate, producing large round red 8 ounce fruits right up to frost.  The first frits ripen about 70-75 days after transplanting.

Gardener's Delight

"German-bred and prize-winning, producing long, grape-like, red, sweet, 3/4" fruits. Clusters of 6 to 12 sugar-sweet cherries are crack-resistant and bear until frost. Hardy vines require staking or caging."  Text from Totally Tomatoes.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Gary'O Sena n17

NEW for 2017 

"Gary'O Sena is one of the best purple tomatoes I've grown. The flavor and production are excellent and it is one of the earlier purple beefsteaks to mature. Gary'O Sena is a cross of “Brandywine X Cherokee Purple” developed and stabilized by breeder Keith Mueller and named after Keith's grandmother. A classic OP tomato, highly recommended."  Heritage Tomato Seed 

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German Giant

"This family heirloom variety produces an abundance of deep pink tomatoes that are just huge and brimming with luscious flavor. The plant's potato-leaved foliage may remind you of Brandywine, but this one matures fruit that are earlier, larger, and more plentiful than those of Brandywine. German Giant tomatoes are smooth in shape, 2 lbs. or more, and full of that rich but sweet taste that make a tomato scrumptious." Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

German Head

"Old-time favorite with large, beefsteak-shaped, dark pink fruits. Excellent yields of fine-flavored, crack-free fruits, weighing 1 to 2 pounds."  Text from Totally Tomatoes.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

German Johnson Pink

"A long-time flavor favorite from Virginia and North Carolina. The large 12 to 24 ounce fruits have pink skins and yellow shoulders with very mild, low acid, meaty flesh and few seeds. One of the 4 parent lines of Mortgage Lifter." J. W. Jung Seed Co.

German Lunchbox

"This heirloom was brought into the seed store a few years ago by a local gentleman who had been saving this tomato for many years. His family brought this variety to the USA when they immigrated here. The fruit are the size of a small egg, vibrant pink, sugar sweet, and begging to be eaten. Perfectly sized for salads or putting in the lunchbox!"  Text and picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

German Red Strawberry

"They average 10 ozs., but can grow to 1 lb. or more. Tomatoes are meaty with an excellent taste that is on the acid side."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Giant Belgium

Huge, sweet fruits average 1 to 2 lbs. and have weighed in at nearly 5 lbs. Dark pink fruits have smooth blossom ends and a low-acid, mild flavor, so sweet that some growers use them to make wine.

Girl Girl's Wierd Thing n17

NEW for 2017

"What a gorgeous tomato. My first one coming out of the garden was all I needed to justify the name it was given. Colors of green, and red with the stripes very prominent make this one a visual winner. But the taste is the real bonus. You get rich tomato flavor with a good measure of sweetness. Didn’t find anyone who said they didn’t like it. I tried this one on BLT’s and they were great. Chopped up in a salsa, they really stood out. Salads were better both from the visual side and the taste side.as well. This is another one that didn’t seem to give any small fruits. All were the same size you see in the picture."  Muddy Bucket Farms

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Glacier

This very early salad-sized tomato has a remarkable sweet flavor for an extra early type. Developed in Sweden, Glacier has a small determinate plant habit and is suited for postage stamp gardens and raised beds. Deep red 2.5 - 3 inch tomatoes.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Gladiator

NEW for 2017 

This is a new released hybrid from Burpee.  They say it will produce lots of 8 oz. oval fruit with "zesty Italian flavor".  The compact plant should do well in a container as well as in an open garden.  Plus it is said to be resistant to blossom end rot! 

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Gold Medal

"This whopper is unbelievably early for its size. The large yellow fruit have an interior blush of red and weigh over 1 pound, some reaching 2 pounds. Full, sweet, low acid tomato flavor."  Text from Territorial Seed Co.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Gold Nugget

Among the first to ripen, fruit is amazingly sweet. Plants are compact but very productive early, but fade out by late summer. Great for containers, or for the first ripe tomatoes in the neighborhood.

Golden Boy

Offered this year because of customer request, Golden Boy is reported to be a heavy producer of round very sweet golden yellow 8-9 ounce fruit on a vigorous plant.  Picture from Hazard's Seed Company.

Golden Queen, USDA Strain

"Distinctly different from other Golden Queens commonly sold, this is from a strain obtained from the USDA seed bank, and is the original Golden Queen described by the seedsman Livingston in 1882. Tomatoes are 8 to 12 ozs. and yellow with a pronounced pink blush on the blossom end extending up toward the stem end. What makes this one better than the common solid yellow Golden Queen is its superior flavor. It is delicious, with a full tomato taste that is also sweet and most pleasant." Tomato Growers Supply

Golden Rave

This may be the best replacement for the hybrid Italian Gold that I liked, but cannot get seeds for anymore. Indeterminate plants produce buckets of dandelion yellow, 3 inch long, meaty fruit on concentrated clusters of 4-5. Of course it is good for gourmet sauces, and its color and flavor make it excellent for salsa, but I like to eat the fruit fresh.

Goliath

"Appropriately named, this variety does bear giant fruit. Strong, vigorous plants yield large to huge red fruit with the classic beefsteak shape and flavor. Tomatoes are solid with few seeds. Up to 3 lbs."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Goliath Sunny

"A gorgeous yellow-gold variation on our much-sought-after red Goliaths, with plenty to bring to the table in its own right - big juicy fruits, mild and sweet, with a medium-soft texture and a mouthwatering juiciness when ripe. Large, 7 to 8 oz. fruits can be harvested when they first rurn yellow, or left on the vine until they reach a brilliant shade of gold."  Text and picture from Totally Tomatoes.

Grandma Mary's Paste

"This family heirloom variety has large, pointed red paste tomatoes that are meaty and flavorful, just right for cooking into sauce or chopping up for fresh use. Expect abundant harvests, as these plants are prolific."  Text and picture From Tomato Growers Supply.

Grandma's Pick

"Heirloom flavor with hybrid production, uniformity, and disease resistance. Grandma's Pick has an old time look with attractive, large, squat, pleated fruit averaging 3 1/2 inches wide and 1 3/4 inches tall. Their color is a striking orange/red on the shoulders that deepens to bright red at the bottom. Healthy, indeterminate plants yield plentiful harvests of these robust, slightly sweet fruit with a rich, true tomato flavor. Grandma's Pick boasts a high lycopene content. Excellent field holding capacity."  Text and picture from Territorial Seed Company.

Grape Tomato

"Long, grape-like clusters of brilliant red elongated cherry tomatoes. Very sweet, complex flavor is delicious and has made these tomatoes a favoirte of people everywhere. Crack-resistant and tolerant of heat and a number of tomato diseases."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Great White

"… Beautiful, large white beefsteak tomato with sweet flavor and lots of juice. Fruit is larger than that of White Beauty. Vigorous plants have heavy foliage that provides good protection against sunscald ..." Tomato Growers Supply

Greek Rose

It is no secret that I greatly enjoy tomato sandwiches. So when I read this description from Tomatofest.com, I had to try it. Sure hope you will also! "An heirloom tomato originally from Crete. Large, 4", 16 oz., pink beefsteak tomatoes borne from big, sprawling, regular leafed tomato plants. Big, complex flavors. A good sandwich tomato."  Picture from Krowacrea.

Green Giant n17

NEW for 2017  "This is a potato-leaved variety that takes the well-known sweet, spicy flavor of green varieties up to a new level. Tomatoes weigh from 12 to 18 ozs. and are ripe when they turn chartreuse green and soften slightly. They are smooth and beautiful with no cracking, but it is their taste that really sets them apart. It is a complex and delicious combination of sweet and spicy that is very rich, well-balanced and pleasing."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Green Grape

Large grape-sized fruit are pale green with hint of yellow when ripe. They are juicy and very pleasant tasting.

Green Vernissage

"New! This little striped jewel is loaded with sublime sweetness & taste. A perfect addition to salads, salsas and even desserts! The small fruit have lovely light green flesh. Plants are quite productive over a long season. A new favorite at our farm."  Text and picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Green Zebra

"A unique and delicious salad tomato. 3 oz. green fruits ripen to amber-green with darker green stripes. The light green flesh is very flavorful, sweet yet zingy." Tomato Growers Supply

Gypsy

"Named for the Gypsies who live in Russia, this is one of the deepest, purplest, maroon tomatoes we have ever grown. It has a gorgeous color and good taste. Perfect, medium-sized globe fruit make this one of the nicest dark varieties. A lovely and colorful introduction from the great Soviet plant breeders."  Text and picture from Baker Creek

Haley's Purple Comet

Large black (dark purple) with green shoulders. Ronald Rodgers, a tomato friend in New York, sent me a few seeds to try. Very limited number of plants.  Picture from Marianna's.

Health Kick

Requested by health conscious growers because it has 50% more lycopene than most tomatoes. The large (4 to 6 ounce) plum-shaped fruit excellent for salads or cooking.

Heatmaster n17

NEW for 2017 

"Go ahead - turn up the heat - this variety actually performs better when it's hot! Bred for hot and humid tropical climates, Heatmaster has the ability to set fruit under higher temperatures better than other varieties. Produces exceptional yields of large, 7 ounce, firm fruits that have a good shelf life. Fruits are an attractive, deep red color and deep oblate in shape. Excellent for fresh eating. Good disease resistance."  hpsseeds  Click here for image.

Heinz 2653

They claim this Heinz out produces other paste types in cool weather. 3 1/2 - 4 foot plants will give you an abundance of 3 to 3 1/2 inch firm fleshed deep red fruits just right for juice, paste and/or salsa.  Picture from Territorial Seed Company.

Hillbilly

"Huge bicolored tomato is yellow-orange with red streaking. Fruits have sweet and fruity flavor and usually weigh from 1 to 2 lbs."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Husky Red

"Small indeterminate plants that require little if any prunning. Grow in patio containers for excellent yields of sweet, delicious red tomatoes." Harris Seeds

Inca Jewels

NEW for 2017 

"These delicious “Roma” style container tomatoes are bred for extra-heavy yields on space-saving 3 ft. plants. Ideal to grow in large pots or in smaller garden spaces. You’ll have an abundance of plump fruits bursting with juicy flavor, delicious right from the garden or made into rich, thick, homemade sauce. Perfect to eat fresh; make sauce or grill; to put up in jars; or just freeze ​..."  Renee's Garden

Indian Stripe Tomato

Sent to me by a new tomato friend, Bill Jeffers. Described as "Similar to but better than Cherokee purple. Earlier, smoother, better sets."  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Indigo Blue Beauty

"Beautiful 6 to 8 oz. beefsteak tomatoes are uniquely colored, beginning as a stuning true blue where sunlight strikes the skin atop a bottom side of green. As they ripen fully, the purple deepens and eventually turns more reddish. That is when they develop their excellent flavor and are ready to harvest." Tomato Growers Supply

Indigo Cream Berries n17

NEW for 2017 

"A new and unique indigo tomato, this one features lovely white cherry tomatoes splashed with purple on their shoulders. Large harvests of tomatoes are packed with a delicate but complex flavor and are also resistant to sunburn and cracking. As a bonus, fruit hold up well on the plant once ripened and even after picking. Bred by Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms."  Tomato Growers Supply

Indigo Rose

Claimed to be the darkest tomato ever, these 1-2 oz. fruits will turn a deep purple/red - the more sunlight exposure the darker the fruit. An eye-popper! Caution: fruit turns purple weeks before becoming ripe. Picture from Hazzard's Seeds.

Isis Candy

Isis Candy fruits are golden-yellow fruit with red marbling and deliver a complex blend of richness, sweetness, and fruitiness. Wonderful for fresh eating (eat them like candy) and in salads.

Italian Gold

I seldom put "good taste" and "paste/roma" in the same sentence except for Italian Gold. I really enjoyed eating these yellow/gold jewels right off the vine. Territorial Seed catalog used to describe it as a cooking tomato, saying "The bright gold color of this Roma-style tomato will give you some of the richest, thickest homemade sauce you have ever made. Italian Gold is a compact, determinate plant that is highly disease resistant."

Italian Heirloom

"Beautiful, huge heirloom form Italy. Plants are completely loaded with fruits weighing over a pound, one of the most productive varieties we have grown. Excellent full tomato flavor. Easy to peel, ideal for slicing and canning, very little waste." Seed Savers Exchange

Italian Roma

"Italian Roma produces 5-6 ounce elongated oblate, bright red fruit.  Heavy crown set with high sugars.  Perfect for sauce, paste and salsa."  Text and picture from Sustainable Seed Company.

Japanese Trifele Black

It's large, about 8 oz, pear shaped, mahogony and black with green shoulders. They have absolutely no defects of any kind and taste terrific. It's one of the prettiest tomatoes I've yet to come across.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Jasper Hybrid

"2013 All-America Winner. Jasper Hybrid Tomato has an outstanding disease resistance package that results in extended harvests of this delightful little tomato, something you'll appreciate after sampling the fruit. The small, round 3/4 inch fruits have a sweet, rich flavor and pleasant creamy texture you'll enjoy. Disease resistances include early blight, Septoria Leaf Spot, fusarium races 1 and the dreaded late blight."  Text and picture from Totally Tomatoes.

JD's Special C-Tex n17

NEW for 2017 

The "C-Tex" stands for Conroe, Texas, the origin or this variety.  We have two grandsons living in Texas.  Now you know why I am trying it!  The heat tolerant plant yields large deep red fruit. 

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Jelly Bean

Grape-sized fruits have a sweet flavor I really enjoy and think you will also! Disease-resistant vines bear multiple clusters of 15-30 fruit that resist cracking. Picture from Hazzard's Seeds.

Jelly Bean - Yellow

These true yellow bite-sized fruits grow in groups of 15 to 30 per cluster, and can be harvested later in the season than most as they resist racking and give excellent flavor, Picture from Hazzard's Seeds.

Jersey Devil

"This variety was made popular many years ago by a seed company that is no longer in business. Many gardeners still remember fondly this prolific variety with 4 to 6 inch long, tapered red fruits shaped like banana peppers. The tomatoes are very meaty and sweet with few seeds -- great for sauces, salsas, or even eating fresh. Color is a gorgeous bright red and yield is impressive."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Jet Star

Gardeners rate this variety as excellent, especially for its superior, very pleasant taste. Heavy yields of 8 oz. firm, meaty fruit that is generally free of cracks. Vines offer good foliage cover. Not recommended for canning as Jet Star is low in acid.

Jetsetter

"A real beauty, full size, red ripe 8 oz. fruits are packed with flavor and disease resistance. We really like the fruit quality and round shape for easy slicing. Jetsetter's vigorous vines start producing early and keep going until frost." Nichols Garden Nursery

John Baer

"…this heirloom variety is renowned for its earliness, enormous production and long bearing season. Bright red, meaty smooth fruits weigh 4 to 5 oz. and have very good flavor. Great for fresh eating and canning." Totally Tomatoes  Picture from Reimer Seeds.

Jolly

"Abundant clusters of 1.5 ounce pink fruit that is delicious, juicy, and sweet. This one is a prolific bearer, typically offering 10-14 tomatoes per cluster."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Juliet

"… vigorous vines. The 1 oz. fruit is about twice the size of a Grape tomato, but is shaped like a grape or elongated plum with a different taste and texture. Juliet's wonderful, full tomato flavor is high in both acid and sugar ... expect incredible yields..."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Katana

"...these uniform, high-shouldered, beefy red slicers set early and continuously, for ample, season-long harvests. We found Katana's flavor rich and full, having an almost sparkling character. … 3 1/2 inch wide by 2 - 2 3/4 inch deep."   Text and picture from Territorial Seed Company

Kellogg Breakfast

"Lovely, pale-orange fruits are solid and meaty throughout, packed with mild, superb-tasting flesh. A long-season producer of large, beefsteak-type fruits, up to 16 oz., with solid centers that have just a few seeds at the edges. Very desirable!" Totally Tomatoes catalog

Koralik

"These cherry tomatoes are borne on a truss of 6-8 fruits, all consistently ripe at the same time!" Territorial Seed Co.

La Roma

"One of the very best 'Italian-type' tomatoes for its outstanding hybrid vigor and uniformity. Large yields of 3 to 4 oz. fruit. Produces 7 times more fruit than the standard Roma in field trials." Tomato Growers Supply.

Ladybug

This one is for Andrea. When she saw a tomato named "Ladybug" it went to the top of her must have list. From the catalog discription it appears to be a very desirable medium to large (one ounce) red cherry with good production and flavor.  Picture from Park Seed.

Lahman's Pink

"a.k.a. Grace Lahman's Pink. A TomatoFest favorite. One of the most popular tasting tomatoes at the Heirloom Garden Show. Our Tomatofest organic tomato seeds produce indeterminate, big, regular-leaf plants that yield tremendous amounts of  10-12 ounce, blemish-free, smooth, meaty and juicy, pink tomatoes that are richly sweet with a clean slightly acidic finish in the mouth. This tomato bears heavily until frost. Great tomato for slicing fresh or canning whole. Highly recommended as a farmer's market tomato because of the visual appeal and flavor. A good tomato for cooler growing conditions."  Text from TomatoFest.  Picture from Baker Creek.

Large Barred Boar

Wild Boar Farms web site reads, "Early to mid-early. Like most dark tomatoes, this is one of my first ripe tomatoes each season. 65-75 days. Indet. regular leaf, grows fairly stocky and not as tall as most indet.  8-12 oz. flattened med.  beefsteak fruit. Very meaty. Good to very good production. Good choice for marginal tomato climates.  Pink brown with metallic green stripes. Very meaty pink flesh that is very flavorful." Picture from Baker Creek

Legend

"Legend steadily produces large 4-5" fruits. Early, high quality, richly flavored, fruits are round, red and seedless (until end of season)." Nichols Garden Nursery

Lemon Boy

Dependable producer of mild, sweet tasting yellow tomatoes, up to 8 ozs. Favorite among those who like a "low acid taste".

Lemon Drop

"This variety was hardly bothered by the record-setting wet and cold season at Heritage Farm during the summer of 2004. Heavy sets of 1/2 - 3/4" translucent yellow cherry tomatoes. Nice clean tart-sweet flavor." Seed Savers Exchange

Lenny & Gracie's

NEW. From Gary Millwood. "Large yellow ribbed fruit with a pink/red blush and a juicy, fruity flavor. From the Johnson/Magoffin county area of eastern Kentucky."

Lila Sari

"Productive, medium-large slicer with dark purple-brown chocolate color. Much better than Cherokee Purple. Tastes great with a rich flavor even in cool summers. One of our favorites for flavor and appearance." Adaptive Seeds, Sweet Home, OR.

Lillian's Yellow Heirloom

Late season, but worth waiting for. Tomato Growers Supply describes it as, "Beautiful, clear yellow beefsteak fruit weighs at least a pound with a flavor that is rich and complex, yet refreshingly sweet. Very meaty tomatoes have few seeds while still being juicy and absolutely delicious. Considered one of the finest tasting yellow heirlooms and unique for its pale yellow, not golden, color."

Limmony (aka Lemony)

"An abundant Russian heirloom. Produces 12-16 oz., 4-5", light-yellow beefsteak tomatoes. Unlike most yellows this one is loaded with lots of luscious, big sweet tangy flavor. It's been one of my favorite yellows to grow for market." TomatoFest.com

Little Miss Dixie n17

NEW for 2017 

"Little miss comes from Dixiewine. Bill Jeffers' cross of Brandywine and Neves Azorean Red, which he let me grow ut in Tennessee and name. Well, with those parents, you know it is going to have wonderful flavor and be very attractive. Dixiewine is a gem. ... This was the best tomato I tasted last summer, period! These cute little beauties have no cracks or blemishes. When you bite into one, get ready for a flavor explosion. They are very sweet and intense."  Marianna's 

Lizzano

"These 1 inch round fruit rate high in taste tests for flavor and sweetness. Semi-determinate plants will reach approximately 20 inches tall and wide, perfectly suited for hanging baskets." Territorial Seed Company (or containers)

Lollipop

"Delicious, light yellow translucent cherries. The flavor of these is really good--both sweet and fruity. These pretty fruits are popular at farmers' markets. Plants set good yields. A real winner." OK, but I'm trying it because of the name. Come on all you adult kids!" Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Longkeeper

http://sustainableseedco.com/Produces 4-6 oz. orange-red fruit late in the season. Picked red and stored at 60-70 degrees, they will keep their flavor far into the winter. Marti told me, ". They ended up being very deep red, dense, juicy and nicely flavored. It was such a treat to have tomatoes to enjoy through the first part of January." Picture from Sustainable Seed Company.

Maja

Perfect for growing in a container on your balcony or patio, these compact, bush-type plants bear dozens of juicy and flavorful red tomatoes. Use them for fresh eating in a salad or for cooking in soups, sauces and stews. Maja is a great variety for Northern climates as it tolerates cooler growing conditions.

Manitoba

Requested by Kendra, she wants it because the plants yield lots of fruits that are high acid, good for canning and slicing, and does well here in the Northwest.

Marianna's Peace

"Billed as 'the world's most expensive tomato'...'the world's best tasting tomato.' . Potato leaf variety producing moderate yields of 1-2 lb. beautiful, pink beefsteaks. Dense, creamy, sweet flesh with rich complex, old tomatoey flavors." TomatoFest.com

Marizol Purple

While It is late season, if offers a wonderful promise of beautiful dark pink/purple fruit with "wonderful sweet flavor" in abundance from vigorous plants that promise big yields of tomatoes from 8 ozs. to 1 lb. and some 2 lbs.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Marvel Striped

"This heirloom variety has become one of gardeners' favorite bicolored tomatoes because of its hearty, size, and taste. Large yellow-orange fruit are streaked with ruby red and have a sweet, fruity taste that is absolutely delicious. Tomatoes weigh about 1 pound, although they often become 2 lbs. or even more. Large harvests on vigorous vines."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Matt's Hornet n17

NEW for 2017

Shaped like a large plum or small roma, Matt's Hornet is a gorgeous red with orange stripes.  The taste is described as similar to Matt's Wild Cherry but with more meat, less juice and much bigger size.  Vigorous plants produce heavy yields. 

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Matt's Wild Cherry

Very popular cherry heirloom loved for its outstanding flavor. Loads and loads of small red fruits on very vigorous vines. Great for salads.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Mayre Lee's Paste

A new "find", this heirloom paste tomato comes to me via Mayre Lee in WA who has saved the seeds for about 40 years. She got her first seeds from a man in Milwaukie, OR, who said he got them from the owner of an Italian restaurant. Mayre Lee brought me several fruits, all at or over one pound each. They peeled easily uncooked, tasted very good and had lots of meat. I would use this one for sandwiches as well as sauces.

Mexico

"Very large plants have an excellent set of huge, dark pink fruit with outstanding taste. It is unusual to find a variety that bears such large fruit in generous numbers, and maintains such superb taste. Expect steady, continuous production of tomatoes that weigh more than 1 lb. throughout the growing season. This family heirloom was brought into the U.S. by a Mexican family living in the Midwest."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Mexico Midget

"Very prolific plants continue producing heavily throughout the entire season. Round dark-crimson ½" fruits give an incredible flash of rich tomato flavor, great for salads."  Text and picture from Seed Savers Exchange

Millionaire

"Among the rugged people of the Ozark mountains, rich flavor has made this variety famous for over 50 years and was used fresh and canned. They have a delectable sweet flavor and are beautiful coral-pink color. In the summer of 1950, Forrester Hutsell of Mountain Grove, MO, gave seed to Ed Henson of Champion, MO. He grew it locally for many years. In 1995, Carol Cleveland of Norwood, MO, sent Millionaire seeds to Neil Gillard of Ontario, Canada, and he has been preserving it since. He sent us some seed two years ago for trials. After many years and many miles, we can at last offer the seed again in southern Missouri, just 20 miles from Mountain Grove!"  Text and picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Missouri Pink Love Apple

"Big, pink fruit are very rich-tasting, certainly a favorite pink tomato. This potato-leaved variety has a long history in the "Show Me" state. It was grown since the Civil war by the Barnes family, who grew it as an ornamental, believing (as many people did at the time) that tomatoes or "love apples" were poisonous.." Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Momotaro

"This is the most popular tomato in Japan, where gardeners prefer their tomatoes pink and sweetly flavored. Hybrid plants produce abundant crops of round, medium-sized, perfectly smooth tomatoes with no blemishes or imperfections. Their taste is wonderful, intensely rich and sweet, with just the right amount of acid."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Moonglow

"Winner of SSE’s 2007 Heirloom Tomato Tasting. Uniform bright orange globes with solid flesh, few seeds, and mild sweetness. Excellent keeper."  Keeps well after picking, also!  Text from Seed Savers Exchange.  Picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Moreton

Harris Seed Company has reintroduced this very popular hybrid that produces clusters of large, slightly flattened fruit with a rich red interior. Mona in NY likes Moretons so much that she has me ship the plants to her each year.

Mortgage Lifter

This is an old pink variety that has become one of my favorite large varieties. One slice will cover your hamburger with great taste and the plants are very productive. Late, yes, but most often ripen early enough to make you happy you planted it.

Moskovich

Customers have told me about this one, and I finally found it. Reports are that it is as good or better than my favorite early one, Stupice. If its taste is just equal, it will be a bit larger and well worth trying. Sally wrote me, "I’ve grown Moskovitch for 2 years and it does well in my somewhat sun challenged yard."

Mountain Fresh

"Able to tolerate cool and wet conditions, this big red tomato produces attractive, 8-16 oz. slicers with good flavor. Developed by Dr. Randy Gardner at North Carolina State University. Vigorous plants provide plenty of leaf cover."  Text and picture from Johnny's Select Seeds.

Mountain Magic

Ever want a vine truss of small to medium sized tomatoes like you see in the stores? This one may be what you want. What really caught my attention was the claim that it is resistant to both early and late blight, that wiped out so many of our fall tomato plants in 2010. The fruit is small, about 2 ounces each, and are said to be crack resistant and still very flavorful.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Mr. Brown

TomatoFest says Mr. Brown will produce a 6-foot tall regular-leaf plant that will bear moderate yields of beautiful mahogany-colored (or chocolate-colored), 8 to 12 oz., slightly flattened, irregular-shaped, beefsteak tomatoes that have big, wonderful, fruit-sweet, earthy, complex flavors. A good slicer that makes for a delicious sandwich tomato, or snacking fresh off the vine.  Picture from Marianna's.

Mr. Stripey aka Tigerella

"Also called Tigerella, this red and yellow-striped heirloom variety adds color to any gourmet salad bar. Large, ridge-shouldered fruits are mild-flavored and low in acid."  Text from Totally Tomatoes.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Mule Team

Mule Team sounds like an ideal all purpose tomato. Reported to have excellent flavor and texture, these vigorus plants should yield lots of medium sized (8-12 oz.) bright red fruit right up to first frost.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Nebraska Wedding

"An old Great Plains heirloom reintroduced! Produces huge, globe-shaped fruits of a deep orange color, weighing up to 10 oz. each. Vigorous plants yield a heavy, concentrated set of fruit." Totally Tomatoes

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 for adding to your best salad. Good Producer." Gary Millwood  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

New Big Dwarf

Tomato Grower's Supply catalog claims these plants will only grow about 2 feet tall, yet will produce delicious deep pink tomatoes 12 ozs. to 1 pound in size. Dates back to before 1915. Good in containers or in the garden.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

New Girl

"First early, great taste. Better tasting and more disease resistant than Early Girl. Holds better than First Lady II." Text and picture from Johnny's Select Seeds.

New Yorker

Get an early taste of home grown tomatoes before your favorite indeterminate varieties start producing. New Yorker does well in cool weather, producing lots of medium sized meaty fruits that resist spliting and blossom end rot.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Nova

Nova provides a very high, early yields of 4-6 oz. bright orange grape tomatoes. Preform very well in the garden. They have a wonderful fresh taste. the fruits are not overly juicy so they make a great sauce. The good flavor improves when cooked. High resistance to blossom end rot. Vigorous plant stays healthy over a long season. One of Heather's favorites for eating and market.

Nyagous

"Great black tomato that is virtually blemish-free! Baseball-sized fruits are borne in clusters of up to six fruits, very productive. Excellent full flavor, one of our all-time favorites." Text from Seed Savers Exchange. Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Old German

From the Mennonite community of Virginia, Old German produces huge 1.5 to 2 lb. fruit that are yellow with red to pink stripes. Add to the unusual color an unusual boat shape and great taste for a real attention getter.

Olga's Biggest n17

NEW for 2017 

"regular leaf plants. Large pink fruits are variably shaped, from blunt hearts to beefsteak shape. 8-17 oz. Excellent balanced flavor"  Text and picture from Tatiana's TOMATObase.

Olga's Round Yellow Chicken

"This tomato will astound you with its productiveness! Plants set out striking 4-6oz. perfect bright orange globes of superior quality. All season plants set another fall crop." Marianna's Heirloom Seeds (Kay's grandmother's name was Olga.)

Omar's Lebanese

"Monster tomatoes, 1 to 2 lbs., from a Lebanese hill town - luscious and incredible! Taste-tempting pink fruits are huge, meaty and somewhat irregular - rich, sweet and juicy. … Harvest a prize-winning crop of huge, highly-produtive 5" monsters!"  Text from Totally Tomatoes.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Opalka

"Given to Carolyn Male by a Polish co-worker, brought to Amsterdam, New York around 1900. Phenomenal set of red 3" by 5" paste tomatoes, excellent fresh flavor. Very few seeds, great tomato for processing. Fruits hold well on the vine. Wispy, vigorous vines."  Text from Seed Savers Exchange.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Orange Hat n17

NEW for 2017 

Great plant for small container as it only gets six to eight inches tall and can be grown indoors.  This would make an interesting pairing with Red Robin. 

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Orange Paruche

"Orange Paruche excels in productivity and taste with astonishing quantities of brilliant, glowing orange fruit that are irresistible and vitamin-packed. The 1 inch round fruit crowd branched trusses on the semi-determinate, vigorous plants."  Text and picture from Territorial Seed Company.

Orange Sunshine

I have been looking for a replacement orange cherry since we lost the Jenny hybrid, and Orange Sunshine could be it. They appear to produce beautiful bright orange, round, 1/2 oz. cherries that are "firm and as sweet as the ever popular Sungold."  Picture from Totally Tomatoes.

Orange Zinger

"These golden, 2-bite morsels are brimming with juicy sweetness and just a hint of zest. Absolutely irresistible for snacking or quartered on salads, the crack-resistant fruit have smooth, surprisingly thin skin the color of a glowing desert sunset. Indeterminate plants produce trusses of 6 or more 2 1/4 by 1 3/4 inch fruit."  Territorila Seed Company  Picture from Hazzard's Seeds.

Oregon Spring

This now-famous determinate, slicing variety was developed at Oregon State University. Oregon Spring will produce incredibly early yields of 6-7 ounce oval tomatoes that will ripen even in cool spring tempretures.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Oregon Star

"Large, vigorous, determinate vines will produce huge fruit, 3 inches wide by 5 inches long when well grown. ... Makes the most thick and creamy tomato juice we have seen." Territorial Seed Company

Oxheart

"An old-fashioned favorite with heart-shaped pink fruits up to an amazing 2 lbs. Firm, meaty, solid flesh."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Patio F Hybrid

"This dwarf variety is one of America's most popular varieties ever for growing on patios, decks, courtyards, or wherever garden space is limited. Plants only become about 2 ft. tall, but produce large harvests of bright red, 3 to 4 ounce flavorful tomatoes. Outstanding for growing in containers - one that measures at least 12 inches wide works best." Tomato Growers Supply

Paul Robeson

Named for Russian opera signer, this tomato is smooth, rich in "fruity" flavor. Firmer and less cracking than many blacks, but with that wonderful fruity flavor.

Peacevine Cherry

"Seeds of Change Original. Highest Vitamin C cherry tomato we've found. Uniquely high in gamma-amino butyric acid, a body sedative that calms jitters. Tresses continuously grow many delicious red (occasionally yellow) fruits. Sow seed in flats indoors and plant out in garden in 6-8 weeks when all danger of frost has passed. Plant in rows 24-36 inches apart. Needs trellising. Harvesting tips. Pick individual fruits as they ripen. When frost threatens, entire plant can be lifted, including roots, and hung upside down indoors to ripen remaining fruits." Seeds of Change

Persey Hard Red

From Russia. True to it's name, this is the firmest round tomato I have grown. It would make great sauce or paste, but if you want tomato taste without a lot of juice in salads or for sandwiches, this would be a good choice.

Persimmon

"Beautiful, golden-orange tomatoes have one of the best flavors of all orange tomatoes. Average 5 in. diameter and between 1 and 2 lbs., quite meaty with few seeds." Tomato Growers Supply

Pineapple

"This heirloom tomato is a standout in everyone's garden. Bicolored red and yellow fruit grows very large, up to 2 lbs., and is streaked with red both inside and out. The flavor is wonderful - rich, fruity and sweet." Tomato Growers Supply

Pink Bumble Bee

"Excellent sweet flavor. Pink Bumble Bee is an alluring combination of light pinks, yellows and oranges and is great in a mix with the other Artisan varieties." Round 3/4 ounce fruits. The Bumble Bee Series will add color and taste excitement to your salads and snack trays." Text from Johnny's Select Seeds. Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Pink Ponderosa

"A longtime favorite variety with pink fruit up to a whopping 2 lbs. Firm and meaty, low in acid. To prevent sunscald, grow the large, vigorous vines in wire cages."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Pink Tiger

"Excellent balanced sweet and acidic flavor. Pretty dark pink tomatoes with contrasting lighter striping are great in mixes with the other Artisan varieties." Johnnys Select Seeds Large grape fruit appear to be about two inches long.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Pink Vernissage

"New! Gorgeous cherry tomatoes to about 2 oz. These beauties are pink with usually faint green-to-orange stripes. Tasty and so productive! One of the exciting new varieties this year that really is amazing looking! Grown from Ukrainian seed."  Text and picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Primary Colors

"A beautiful yellow tomato with faint white stripes, bushed with dark blue-purple pigment. The fruits are exotic in appearance and also have very good flavor. Medium sized fruits weigh several ounces. Plants bear well and fruits color blue best when exposed to direct sunlight as they ripen."  Text and picture from Trade Winds Fruit

 

Principe Borghese

"The Italian heirloom that is famous for sun drying. Small 1-2 oz. grape-shaped fruit are very dry and have few seeds. They have a rich tomato taste that is wonderful for sauces. Determinate vines yield clusters of fruit in abundance, perfect for selling in fresh markets and making specialty products."  Text from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Pruden's Purple

"Potato leaf vines set out 10 to 16 oz. dark, dusty pink fruits, very similar to Brandywine, only 10 days earlier. This is another favorite of many tomato enthusiasts." Marianna's

Purple Bumble Bee

"Excellent sweet flavor. Purple Bumble Bee is an eyecatching combination of the dusky purple seen in heirloom tomatoes with metallic green striping." Johnnys Select Seeds. Round 3/4 ounce fruits. The Bumble Bee Series will add color and taste excitement to your salads and snack trays.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Purple Calabash

"This is the most truly purple tomato we know, not just pink-purple, but it is deep purple-burgundy. It is also uniquely shaped, extremely fluted and almost ruffled in appearance. Fruit is flattened, about 3 inches across, and flavor is described by some as distinctively winey and rich."  Text and picture from Tomato Grower's Supply.

Purple Russian

"Plum-shaped fruits are 3-4" long and weigh 6 ounces. Great taste, sweet and meaty. Very productive, good cold tolerance. One of the best purplish-black tomatoes for markets since it does not crack or have bad shoulders."  Text from Seed Savers Exchange.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Quedinburger n17

NEW for 2017 

TomaroFest sent me these seeds free so I only know what I have read.  Compact plants with patato leaves are said to produces good flavored two inch bright red fruits.  Great choice for container growing as plant seldom gets more than four to five feet high.  Click here for more information.

Ranger

"Ranger made a big hit with us at our trial grounds, proving to be one of the healthiest and most productive roma type tomato plants. The determinate plants are extraordinarily prolific, and provide plenty of leaf coverage to protect crops from sunscald."  Text and picture from Territorial Seeds

Rapunzel

"Just like its fairy tale namesake, Rapunzel puts out long, cascading trusses, each with up to 40 sweet, bright red cherry tomatoes that keep coming all summer long. The long stems are quite impressive when picked fully loaded with tomatoes, which can be enjoyed individually as they ripen."   Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply

Rebel Yell

Laurie, my summer intern, highly recomeds Rebel Yell.  Medium sized, great tasting medium sized fruit on patato leafed plants.  More info  Picture from Marianna's.

Red Calabash

"Traceable to Chiapas, Mexico. Delicious, thin-skinned, ruffled fruits resemble miniature beefsteak tomatoes. Documented by William Woys Weaver as appearing in a 1793 painting by Raphael Paele of Philadelphia." Seeds of Change  Picture from Sustainable Seeds.

Red Cherry

This is a good, generic red cherry tomato that will yield lots of about one inch bright red fruits for snacking or salads.  Picture from Seed Savors Exchange.

Red Currant

".A different plant species, Lycospericon pimpinfolium, than garden tomatoes, but capable of crossing with them. Pea-sized fruits - just 1/4" in diameter - possess a crunchy, fruity flavor that is ideal for salads and snacks. More vigorous vines than the shattering-type, 15 to 20 fruits are produced per branching cluster, with loads of flowers putting on a show in late June."  Text and picture from Totally Tomatoes.

Red House Freestanding

Limited supply.  Seeds sent to me for trail.  Said to need no staking.  Produces medium to large red fruit on sturdy vines with heavy foliage that protect fruit from sun scald, so especially good if we have a hot summer.  More info and picture sorce.

Red Pear

Miniature pear-shaped tomatoes are 1 3/4 to 2 inches long and bright red. Flavorful and sweet, they are great for salads.  Picture from Tomato Gorwers Supply.

Red Robin

Sturdy but very compact plants are great for sunny windows. 12-18 inch plants will be loaded with 1 in. red fruits. Great for office or small appartment.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Red Zebra

"Gorgeous 2 1/2" round fruits are blood-red overlaid with jagged carrot-orange stripes. Top quality uniform strain, very productive. Slightly tart flavor." Seed Savers Exchange

Regina's Yellow n17

NEW for 2017 

Reported to yield a good crop of one pound yellow-red striped fruits that deliver excellent taste.

Roger's Best Black

https://www.mariannasheirloomseeds.com/For my friend Roger. The discription given is brief - 12 to 18 ounce purplish black fruit with very good flavor. But for every Roger's sake I wanted to give it a try. Picture from Marianna's.

Roma VF

"One of the most popular varieties for paste, sauces and canning. Compact vines yield large harvests of 3 in. long, bright red fruit ... Thick-walled and solid with few seeds."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Roman Candle

"Spectacular smooth iridescent yellow fruits that are 2" wide by 4" long. Very meaty with nice flavor. One of the few pure-yellow bananna-shaped fruits available to gardeners. Great for making salsa base or tomato sauce. ..." Seed Savers Exchange

Rose

"Heirloom from the Amish in New Holland, Pennsylvania. Large, meaty, dusty rose colored fruits. Great taste, rivals Brandywine. Strong healthy plants with lots of leaf cover." Seed Savers Exchange

Rosella Purple

"The fruits are oblate, ranging from 6to 12 ounces, and ripen to a deep purple-pink color.  Flavor is full, intense, balanced and delicious."  Victory Seeds

Russian Rose

"This Russian heirloom variety is aptly named as it bears fruit as pretty as a rose. The tomatoes are large rose-pink globes with excellent, sweet, full tomato flavor. The average size is usually about 12 ozs. with meaty flesh. Expect a good sized crop of these top-quality tomatoes."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Rutgers

"Gardeners throughout the country are rediscovering this old-fashioned classic for its terrific flavor and productivity. This strain has some disease resistance, which ensures large crops of crack-free, bright red 6-8 oz. tomatoes with delicious old-time taste. For many years, this was a favorite for canning because of its abundance, juiciness and deep red color through and through. Developed in the 1920's, but just right for today's gardens too."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Sainte Lucie

"Huge, deep red beefsteak tomatoes are blemish-free and very well shaped for such large fruit. Their flavor is superb, sweet yet rich and deep with solid, meaty interiors. They weigh about 1 lb., but often become much larger." Tomato Growers Supply

San Marzano

"A little later than Roma, with superb flavor in slightly rectangular-shaped fruits that are bright red and hang in large clusters. Holds well on the vine and in storage." Totally Tomatoes

San Marzano Gigante

Admitedly I am not a paste tomato fan. I like mine juicy. But San Marzano has caught my taste buds attention. So when I read that there is the same taste available in a much larger package, 2 1/2 inches wide, 7 inches long, I want to see and taste it myself. Yes, it is a late season one, so don't bet all your sauce/salsa recipes on just this one. But if you are up to a tomato adventure, you just might like to try it, too.

San Marzano Redorta

This one was highly recommended to me because of its size and flavor, so I want to give it a try. Named for a mountain in Bergamo, the fruit is larger than San Marzano. It is reported to be meaty enough for cooking, but with flavor that will have us eating it fresh. Being indeterminate and flavorful should make it great for salsa.  Picture from Victoriana Nursery.

Santiam

"Gardeners who grow Santiam for the first time are always surprised by its earliness and size. Smaller, but maturing a full week ahead of its sister, Oregon Spring, these rich, delicious 2-3 inch fruit are beautifully round and red."  Text and picture from Territorial Seed Company

Sasha's Altai

"An excellent variety from Russia. Seeds were given to Bill McDorman when in Irkutsk, Siberia in 1989, by his dear Siberian friend Sasha who claimed this variety that he grew in his garden in the Altai Shan mountain range was the "best tomato in all of Siberia." Sasha's Altai was selected by Organic Garden Magazine as one of the 10 best early producing tomatoes in the world. Sasha's Altai is a hearty tomato plant that produces very good yields of 4-6 oz., thinned-skinned, bright-red, slightly flattened, round tomatoes with an award-winning complex flavor. Fruit sets well in cooler coastal climates and high altitudes. Excellent for canning, salads and making tomato juice. " TomatoFest

Saucy

"Paste tomato, very productive of plum-shaped fruits. Compact plants. Fruit quality holds on or off the vine. Easy to peel. Fruits are sparsely seeded making them a good choice for home canning."  Text from Nichols Garden Nursery

Sausage

"Red paste tomatoes up to 6-in. long are very meaty and perfect for mixing in with canning tomatoes or adding to catsup to provide body." Tomato Growers Supply

Schilling Giant n17

NEW for 2017 

'Huge red heart-shaped tomatoes are absolutely luscious, hefty and solid but still delicate inside with superb juicy flavor. Their shape may vary from an elongated globe to a true heart shape, but we still call this an oxheart for its wispy foliage and the fruit's meaty texture. Slice these for dinner, or when the harvest brings too many, cook them into a richly flavored sauce."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Seattle's Best

I have been asked to find this one, and I finally did!  Not the earliest of varieties great for our NW weather, but still well worth growing.  Produces deep red 4-6 oz.tasty  globes on vigorous plants.  Hazzards Seeds

Serendipity n17

NEW for 2017 

"Seeds sent to me from a seed company that had sourced seeds from USDA. Seeds were supposed to be a large, pink beefsteak heirloom but after growing them out in 2 trials found them to be not pink at all but a striped 'jewel.' I serendipitously ended up with incredibly large (1-2 lb.), gold-red striped beefsteak fruits. Grown out in following years the fruit proved to be just as wonderfully splendid. Juicy, few seeds, tropical fruity flavors."  TomatoFest

 

 

 

 

Siberia

A native of Czechoslovakia, where its extreme earliness, tolerance to cold, superior flavor and high yields have earned it worldwide attention. Tests show an astounding average of 87 fruits picked per plant. Fruits are sugary sweet, weighing 1 to 2 oz.  Trade Winds.

Siberian

"Dwarf sprawling plants with very early fruit set. Eggshaped 2-3" fruits with good strong flavor. Not the same as Siberia, which is inferior in all respects." Seed Savers Exchange Grown this year because of a customer request. Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Siletz

Siletz consistently produces the first ripe beefsteak sized tomatoes for me. Juicy, great taste, size, and earliness make this the first tomato sandwich almost every year.

Silvery Fir Tree

"A very pretty patio plant with silver-grey, unusual, lacy, fern-like foliage. Very early porducer of 3 to 4" flattened, oblate fruits ranging from deep orange to red, with excellent acidic flavor. Good disease resistance. Requires stakes or cages." Totally Tomatoes Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Snow White

Sweet, fruity flavor in a pale yellow fruit that can have a hint of orange at full maturity. Vigorous plants, good production.

Solar Flare

"This 6-10 ounce beefsteak is red with gold stripes and has very meaty flesh with luscious sweet red tomato flavor. Developed by Brad Gates and selected for flavor, production, increased earliness and scab resistance, he says the variety is one of his "work horses." Select seed, grown by Brad.http://www.rareseeds.com/"  Text and picture from Baker Creek Herirloom Seeds.

Soldacki

"Poland sends us this heirloom variety, memorable for its low acid and intensely sweet flavor. Dark pink fruits, flattened in shape, weight about a pound and are packed with firm flesh inside thin skins." Totally Tomatoes  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Speckled Roman

"Developed by SSE member John Swenson as a result of a stabilized cross of Antique Roman and Banana Legs. Gorgeous 3" wide by 5" long fruits with jagged orange and yellow stripes. Meaty, great tomato taste. One of the best for processing. Very productive, few seeds. Still throws an occasional yellow striped fruit."  Text from Seed Savers Exchange.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Stephania's Heritage

Thanks for this variety go to Stephania's mother, who saved these seeds and passed them on to her family. Stephania gave some to Al and his crew at the Heritage Farm in Vancouver. Al was kind enough to share a plant with me last year, from which these seeds come. The red fruit are about 2 inches packed with good flavor. Production is early, but "days" listed is my guess.

Stone

Requested by Nancy. "Seeds obtained by Craig Lehoullier from the USDA.  An excellent 6 to 8-oz., scarlet red, round slicing tomato with well balanced sugar to acid ratio."  Text and picture from TomatoFest

Striped German

I visited family in Arlington, VA this fall and my niece let me taste a couple of these she had grown. One taste and I knew I had to add it to my list. Johnny's Select Seeds catalog reads, "The flat, medium to large, variably ribbed-shoulder tomatoes are shaded yellow and red. The marbled interior looks beautiful sliced. Complex, fruity flavor and smooth texture. Medium-tall vines bear 12+ oz. fruit."

Striped Roman

"Very unique. These long, roma-shaped tomatoes have orange stripes running down the length of the fruit. Tomatoes are very thick and meaty with a nice rich flavor. Plants stay moderately compact and have a good yield."  Text from Territorial Seed Company.  Picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Stupice

The size and shape of Stupice (Stew-pea-chee) can vary, but the taste is consistantly like the good old days! Bears early and keeps on producing until frost. I frequently get reports of eight foot plants yielding 400 or more delicious tomatoes.

Sub-Arctic Plenty

"One of the very earliest tomatoes; the compact plants produce lots of 2-oz red fruit. It's one of the best for cool conditions and will set fruit in temperatures lower than most. It has even been grown in the Southern Yukon. Developed by Dr. Harris, Beaverlodge Research Station, Alberta, Canada."   Text and picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Sugar Lump

An heirloom from the 1800's, sugar lump is one of the sweetest red cherry tomatoes. Abundant crack-resistant 3/4 inch fruits ripen on long, grape-like trusses. Vigorous vines should be caged or staked.  Picture from Totally Tomatoes.

Sugar Plum

"The sweetest grape tomato we know of. The Sugar Plum tomato has been rated the best tasting grape tomato in many taste tests. Its indeterminate plant sets heavy yields of 1 in. grape-shaped fruit that have a rich red color. The firm fruit has a pleasing texture and its sweetness will please you customers. The fruit form in long clusters, which allows for an easy harvest." Text and picture from Harris Seeds.

Sugary

"Scoring 9.5 on the Brix scale, this is by far the sweetest cherry yet. And they arise in huge clusters on vining plants so vigourous, you may have to cut them back in midseason! Super flavor and nonstop yields make this a 'gimme'!"  Text from Park Seed Company.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Sun Gold

These apricot yellow-orange tomatoes are as sweet as they come. Bet you can't eat just one! I call them the "M&Ms of tomatoes". (My grandson does not agree, however.) Heavy producers all season.

Sun Sugar

Many folks, my self included, can not taste the difference between Sun Sugar and Sun Gold.  Most agree that Sun Sugar is more crack resistant than Sun Gold. You may need two or more plants to keep from eating them all in the garden.

Sunny Boy

Sunny Boy is new to me this year. It is reported to yield bright yellow globe-shaped fruit, apx. 6 oz., that are firm with a decidedly sweet flavor and few seeds.

Sunrise Bumble Bee

"Sunrise Bumble Bee is a gorgeous combination of yellows and reds, inside and out." Johnny's Select Seeds. Round 3/4 ounce fruits. The Bumble Bee Series will add color and taste excitement to your salads and snack trays.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Super Marmande

Has old-time flavor with vigorous vines that yield early, prolific crops of large, firm, scarlet-red, round, lobed fruits, with high-ribbed shoulders.  Picture from Seedaholic.com.

Super Marzano

"A hybrid version of the classic San Marzano paste tomato. Fruits grow to about 5", with thick flesh and few seeds. Flavor and consistency are perfect for sauces. The indeterminate plants are very productive."   Text and picture from Tradewinds Fruit.

Super Sioux

"An impressive slicing tomato with an exquisite blend of acid, sweet, and earthy flavors. Produces heavily until frost." Seeds of Change

Supersweet 100

"Exceptionally sweet and high in Vitamin C, this improved Sweet 100 type is ideal for home gardening. Each plant produces hundreds of small cherry tomatoes in clusters, and has better disease resistance." Harris Seeds

Sweet 100

Very productive, sweet 1 inch cherry tomatoes. Left to grow natural, it needs to be caged or supported as it will grow over six feet tall.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Sweet Baby Girl

"The ultimate in super-sweet cherry tomatoes has arrived! Incredible sets of luscious red fruits in long clusters on compact plants. Crack-resistant, bright red fruits weigh less than 1 oz., and keep well after harvest." Totally Tomatoes  Picture from Thompson & Morgan.

Sweet Hearts

"Sweet Hearts is a grape tomato that produces big yields of fruit that have a brilliant red color, an excellent uniform shape and a superb flavor. Its indeterminate plants produce impressive yields with continuous sets and full clusters to the top of the plant. Sweet Hearts is very sweet and has excellent shelf-life. Resistant to cracking."  Text from Harris Seeds.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Sweet Million

This tomato reminds me of my childhood in my Uncle Wayne's garden. Classic cherry tomato vines produce classic fruits with classic tomato taste.

Sweet Ozark Orange n17

NEW for 2017 

“Sweet Ozark Orange grew as a perfect salad tomato for me with no cracking or blemishes/catfacing. It was in a 5 gallon pot, so it is likely that it makes a fair-sized beefsteak in better conditions. Sweet Ozark Orange has the most gorgeous soft apricot orange color from the clear epidermis…it is rare that I see a clear epidermis in an orange tomato. It also has excellent turgid flesh and a sweet taste, quite sufficient quality to stand alone as a fresh eater."  Text from HeritageMarketSeed.com  Picture from Trade Winds Fruit.

 

 

 

Sweet Pea

At least one seed company claims this is the best currant sized tomato avaliable. These plants tend to spread, so caging will help contain them. But you will have to deal with the hundreds of small fruits and their excellent flavor. Some say they have a hint of wine. Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Sweet Seedless

"Beyond the lack of seeds to digest, this tomato is first rate for taste. In fact, precisely because there are no seeds to absorb the sugars, all the sweetness is immediately available for you to enjoy in every rich slice. This is a totally new tomato on every level - the perfect balance of flavor and sweetness, meat and gel, solid firmness and juiciness." Burpee Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Sweet Tangerine

"Burpee Exclusive. Bright orange, extremely sweet and mildly flavored fruits." I grew these about three years ago, then could not find the seed again. One customer "beats me up" each spring that I do not have them. She claimed they were the best canning tomato she had grown. Burpee

Sweetie

"Sweetie is an earlier and much sweeter alternative to Sweet 100. The small 3/4 - 1 inch, round, red fruit have a classic tomato flavor, reminding one of rich tomato juice, and are delicious in salads or as snacks." Territorial Seed Co.

Sweetie Seedless

For my friends that want to avoid excessive seeds in their tomatoes, I found this new variety.  Not completely seedless but has few seeds, orange-red in color, sweet, juicy, extra tasty flavor.  Picture from Hazzard's Seeds  More info

Sylvan Gaume n17

NEW for 2017 

"Sylvan Gaume is very rare. Huge, beautiful, fat, heart-shaped fruits grow to an incredible 3 lbs! Dense and meaty with small seed cavities and very few seeds."  Texxt and picture from Marrieanna's

Tasty Evergreen

"Ben Quisenberry heirloom. Skin ripens from green to light yellow-brown. Flesh and gel remain green inside when ripe. Luscious and tender, strong sweet flavor. Medium large fruits, very productive." Seed Savers Exchange

Taxi

Taxi gives you lots of sweet and juicy, mild flavored, medium sized tomatoes. Plants stay compact, so good for small spaces or containers.

Terhune n17

NEW for 2017 

"Lots of huge pink beefsteaks. Smooth skin and slightly oblate and elongated, this one will please the tastebuds. It has great visual appeal as well. ... It is very productive and also very delicious. Pink, Indet, large oblate beefsteaks on potato leaf plants. Some folks have pruned to a single fruit and have harvested fruits weighing in the 5.5 pound category."  Muddy Bucket Farms 

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Texas Star n17

NEW for 2017 

I got this one for my grand boys in Texas.  It is reported to produce one pound yellow/pink fruit with a very pleasant flavor.  Also, high temperatures are not suppose to stop its production.  Click here for images.

Thessaloniki

"Fast becoming very popular. I've added this one to my top ten reds. Very early, perfect, uniform, medium red globes, non-cracking with no blemishes. Extraordinary delicious tomato flavor. Add very, very good production. A great red!" Marianna's. Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Tiger-Like

"Tiger-Like's vigorous 22 inch indeterminate vines bear loads of colorful fruit with a sweet, very complex flavor. The 2 inch fruit has orange-red skin with yellow-green stripes. The tastiest of the striped varieties." Territorial Seed Company

Tigerella aka Mr. Stripey

Apricot size, red with orange/yellow stripes, very flavorful, high yield, resists disease.  Also known as "Mr. Stripey". Picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Todd Country Amish

"This wonderful heirloom beefsteak was handed down from an Amish family living in Minnesota and has big, luscious dark pink tomatoes that slice into pure heaven on a plate. The flavor is rich yet sweet and just lovely."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Tomato Berry Garden

I saw these in several catalogs, and their unique strawberry shaped fruits kept calling to me. The fruit is described as 1 inch in size, heart shaped, firm with a meaty texture, but its flavor really impressed me. When snacking in the garden, this one will be one I visit often, and stay for a while.  Picture from Johnny's Selected Seeds.

Tumbler Hybrid

"Bred for hanging baskets. Bushy plants will produce lots of nicely flavored cherry tomatoes. Tumbler tends to fill in a basket instead of producing lanky growth. We also like it as an edging for planting beds." Nichols Garden Nursery  Picture from Totally Tomatoes.

Tumbling Tom Red

Tumbling Tom (Yellow & Red) is for hanging baskets, and will send branches down 20 inches or more. The fruits are 1 to 2 inches in size and are wonderful juicy snacks.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Tumbling Tom Yellow

Tumbling Tom (Yellow & Red) is for hanging baskets, and will send branches down 20 inches or more. The fruits are 1 to 2 inches in size and are wonderful juicy snacks.  Picture from Park Seed.

Ultimate Opener

"…produces blemish-free fruits about 33% larger than Early Girl with marvelous flavor that's sweet and juicy. Strong, vigorous plants are capable of tremendous yields. Strong disease resistance." Totally Tomatoes

Valencia

"Sunny orange fruits with full tomato flavor.​ Round, smooth fruits average 8-10 oz. Their meaty interiors have few seeds. This midseason tomato is among the best for flavor and texture."  Text and picture from Johnny's Select Seeds.http://www.johnnyseeds.com/

 

Vintage Wine

"Potato leaf. Pink skin and yellow tiger stripes with voluptuous, slightly lobed, 6-10 oz, flattened globe-shaped fruit. Good sweet crisp flavor and very productive. Thick enough skin for market farmers, yet still tender. Very eye-catching and popular at markets. Holds its quality well off the vine, better than other heirloom types. Originally one of the breeding lines of Tom Wagner’s Brandy Stripe, it was renamed and introduced to the seed trade in 1998 by K. Sahin, a seed company in the Netherlands." Adapative Seeds, Sweet Home, OR  Picture from Totally Tomatoes.

Violet Jasper

"When these little Oriental jewels ripen, your eyes will be stunned with color. They have pretty violet-purple fruit with iridescent green streaks! Fruit weigh 1-3 ounces, are smooth and have good tasting, dark purplish-red flesh. This variety will also amaze you with its yield: it’s not only high, but incredibly high, being one of the most productive tomatoes we have grown." Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Virginia Sweets

"This heirloom variety is simply one of the best tasting, best producing gold-red bicolors we have ever grown. On top of that, the tomatoes are stunningly beautiful and enormous, weighing at least 1 pound each. Golden yellow beefsteaks are colored with red stripes that turn into a ruby blush on top of the golden fruit. Flavor is sweet and rich, and harvests are abundant."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Viva Italia VFN

"Plant produces high yields of 3 to 4 oz deep red roma tomatoes. They have thick walls, are meaty, and very flavorful. Perfect in salads, for making paste, sauce, and salsa, tomato soup, ketchup, canning, and freezing. It sets fruit much better in hot weather than other roma varieties." Text and picture from Reimer Seeds.

Watermelon Beefsteak

Dating back to the 1800's, it gets it name from oblong fruits that resemble watermelons. Mild, pink-skinned fruits have firm, purplish-red flesh that weigh up to 2 lbs.  Picture from Totally Tomatoes.

Wayahead

Uncle Wayne used to claim he picked dozens of Wayaheads by the time most people had only grown tomato plants. The plants were not much to look at, but the tomatoes tasted great!  Picture from Reimer Seeds.

White Currant

For those of you that like a small tomato, White Currant adds both a new color - creamy white - with a big sugar spike, making it an eye and appetite pleaser.  Picture from Trade Winds Fruit.

Willamette

"Becoming a Northwest heirloom, Willamettte was developed at Oregon State University by the late Dr. Tex Frazier. This very dependable ripener is one of OSU's first early determinate tomatoes. It's medium in size with a mild, low acid flavor." Territorial Seed Company  Picture from Reimer Seeds.

Wins All

"A disease resistant heirloom named in 1925, in a contest for a name. A personal favorite and consistent choice for my garden year after year. Slightly flattened, beautiful, blemish-free, rose-pink fruits, 1 to 2-pounds with firm flesh and lots of delicious juice. Outstanding true tomatoey flavor, intense, balanced and sweet. A County Fair winner for me. Best enjoyed on its own." TomatoFest

Yellow Out Red In

My biggest surprise of 2006! I picked the fruit just before first frost, set them on the kitchen counter, and ate the last one in December. Still good taste! Yellow skin with red fruit inside. Semi-determinant growth, produces solid 6 oz. fruit that are tart in flavor.

Yellow Pear

Love 'em or hate 'em, these are just like 'em ones Grandpa used to grow. Very prolific production of meaty fruit.

Yellow Stuffer

Plant produces high yields of large yellow tomatoes that look like bell peppers. An excellent gourmet variety for slicing or stuffing. From Remier Seeds.

Yellow Vernissage

"New! These beauties are yellow cherries to about 2 oz., with pale cream stripes. Fetching companion to Pink Vernissage when paired in salads or on relish trays! A tasty little tomato that comes to us from Ukraine."  Text and picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Zebra Cherry

Late season determinate plants are not high on my list. But the looks of these deep red/orange-yellow zebra-streaked beauties caught my fancy. "Generously-sized cherry tomatoes are a burst of robust, full-bodied flavor that is outstanding and unique among its cherry tomato peers." Territorial Seed Company  Picture from Gurney's Seed and Nursery.