Heirloom Tomatoes – Varieties for Every Palate, but where do I Start?

By Farmer John @ Sustainable Seed Co.

There are hundreds of varieties of heirloom tomatoes as deliciously unique in their flavors as the people who saved them over the years.  Black tomatoes with their sweet and smoky flavors, cherries with their tart tangs, giant beefsteaks that drip with juice as you bite into a summer BLT.

TomatoesAre you hungry for summer yet?  I know I am, and it is compounded by looking online at all the heirloom tomato seeds!  Each seed carries the promise of a flavor explosion in my mouth as I stroll through the garden, with the thought of tasting all those summer time tomato treats.

But where do you start?  We are talking about flavors, so that is a good place to start, but flavor can be subjective to the taster right?  So definitely consider the flavor, but also your space requirements.  How much room do you have?  Will you want to plant determinate (short non-sprawling) varieties because you only have patio space for pots?  Or do you have lots of room, to plant tomatoes to your heart’s content, and you love giant beefsteak tomatoes that sprawl for miles?

Next, consider how are you plan to use and enjoy your tomatoes?  Do you want to can them?  If so you want can varieties that have dry flesh making it easier to cook them down like Chico III.  Chico is prolific, producing tons of fruit all at the same time.  It makes a great all-around sauce, but if you are looking for a little more flavor from a canner, try black plum.  It makes a sweet and smoky sauce that is sure to have your dinner guests raving!

Maybe, you are not a canner and want fresh eating heirloom tomatoes.  Try cherry tomatoes varieties for salads.  Perfect for those lazy chefs that don’t like cutting things up, just pop them right in the salads.  Coyote is perfect for this and you will love the flavor.  That is if you even have any left from the trip back to the kitchen.  Yes, they are that good!

What about those beefsteaks we talked about?  They are big, fat tomatoes, so good that blackSeaman8the juice literally drips down your face when you take a bit out of them.  Everyone loves them, but they need lots of space to grow and plenty of staking, which prevents their heavy, fruit-laden vines from falling over.

Then there are colors!  Heirloom tomatoes literally come in every color of the rainbow, and this is the reason great chefs around the world love them so.   It is like painting with a palette of rainbow colors.  There are reds of course, but also purples, yellows, oranges, blacks, green, red / yellow striped and even white tomatoes.

Start growing your delicious rainbow of heirloom tomatoes today from Sustainable Seed Co.  They feature 300 varieties of delectable heirloom tomatoes sure to fit everyone’s palate.