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"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.

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.

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"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

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.

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

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.

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"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.

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!

"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 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.

"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

"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

"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

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.

"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

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

"…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.

"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

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

"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

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.

"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.

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.

"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

"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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

"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

"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.

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.

"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.

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!

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.

"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

"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

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"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

"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.

"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.

"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

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.

"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.

"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

"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."

"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.

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."

" 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.

"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.

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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!

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