Happy tomato season, friends! Since there are roughly a gazillion varieties of tomatoes out there, let’s go over some of the most common types of tomatoes to help you figure out which to use in different recipes! Between heirlooms to indeterminate tomatoes, we’re covering everything you need to know about tomato varieties in this comprehensive guide.
There are SO many types of tomatoes out there. It may leave you wondering, “which tomato do I need for this recipe”? A few of the most common varieties of tomato include:
- Cherry Tomatoes (mini tomatoes)
- Standard Globe Tomatoes (regular-sized slicer tomatoes)
- Beefsteak Tomatoes (large slicer tomatoes)
- Roma Tomatoes (paste tomates)
And as if you don’t already have enough choices, tomatoes can further be classified as either hybrid vs. heirloom and determinate vs. indeterminate.
- Hybrid vs Heirloom Tomatoes
- Determinate vs Indeterminate Tomatoes
- Common Types of Tomatoes
- 75 Types of Tomatoes (with photos!)
- Tomato FAQs
- Tomato Health Benefits
Hybrid vs Heirloom Tomatoes
All of the different varieties of tomatoes can generally be classified into two types of tomatoes: hybrid and heirloom.
- Hybrid tomatoes are a cross between different varieties. They’re often bred to yield more or be resistant to pests and such.
- Heirloom tomatoes are on the other side of the spectrum. They are often grown and sold locally because they aren’t bred to be resistant to transportation and long shelf lives. These often have fun, funky colors and shapes!
Determinate vs Indeterminate Tomatoes
If you want to get into the gardening of tomatoes, this classification will be an important one.
- Determinate tomato plants are more compact and bush-like, bearing fruit all at once then dying.
- Indeterminate tomatoes plants grow in a vine and can bear fruit for a longer time, only stopping when you cut them or the weather becomes cold.
Common Types of Tomatoes
While there are hundreds of types of tomatoes out there, these 4 are the most common in everyday cooking.
Cherry and Grape Tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes are sweet and small. They grow in clusters and are pretty easy to grow, being both disease and drought resistant. Perfect for starting your own home garden! Throw them over a salad or roast them into flavorful perfection.
Standard Globe Tomatoes
The classic tomato! You may also see these called salad tomatoes. These are 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7 cm) wide with a more tart, acidic taste. They’re perfect for slicing and eating raw, but can also be cooked into sauce (though they may need more cooking time to evaporate all their juices), or stuffed with breadcrumbs!
Otherwise know as paste or plum tomatoes, these are perfect for making into tomato sauce, fire-roasting, topping pizza, turning into gazpacho because of their low moisture content. They’re sweet, firm, and have fewer seeds.
75 Types of Tomatoes (with photos!)
Looking for a specific tomato variety? Here are 75 types of tomatoes, listed alphabetically with an image of each!
We aren’t sure where adoration tomatoes came from, but they appear to be a hybrid of older tomato varieties. They are typically red or deep red in color when fully ripe and are usually medium-sized tomatoes, around 2-3 inches in diameter. Adoration tomatoes typically have a balanced and mild flavor with a slightly sweet undertone.
Due to their balanced flavor and deep red color, adoration tomatoes are a good option to give your salads a flash of deep red color. While the taste supports use as a burger topping, a larger variety might be better suited. They can certainly be used for cooking and making sauces. Dice them for tacos or use them in salsa to show off their deep red color.
Alicante tomatoes originated in Spain. They are a vibrant deep red when fully mature, and are medium to large-sized tomatoes, often around 3 to 4 inches in diameter. Alicante tomatoes are known for their rich, tangy, and slightly sweet flavor.
Due to their well-balanced flavor and size, alicante tomatoes are versatile in the kitchen. They can be used in salads, sandwiches, and salsas. Additionally, they are often used in cooking and canning for making sauces, stews, and soups. Their deep red color would be a nice accent in a summer vegetable salad.
Amana Orange Tomato
The Amana Orange tomato variety was developed by Gary Staley in 1984. He may have actually just found it growing naturally, as there is some question as to whether it was a natural hybrid or manmade. Amana Orange tomatoes are a vibrant orange color and tend to be large, weighing 10 to 16 ounces. They are known for their sweet and slightly tangy flavor. They are juicy and have a pleasant balance between sweetness and acidity.
These tomatoes are versatile and can be used in salads, sandwiches, salsas, and sauces due to their rich flavor and size. We like using orange tomatoes in salads cut in with red tomatoes to provide a nice color contrast.
Amish Paste Tomato
The Amish paste tomato is believed to have originated from Amish communities in the United States. It’s often associated with the Amish people, known for their traditional agricultural practices. These tomatoes are typically reddish-pink in color and large ranging from 8 to 12 ounces. Amish paste tomatoes are known for their rich and sweet flavor.
Due to their meaty texture and sweet taste, Amish paste tomatoes are commonly used for making sauces, pastes, and canning as whole or diced tomatoes.
Arkansas Traveler Tomato
The Arkansas Traveler tomato is a southern heirloom variety that is well-suited to hot and humid climates. It’s believed to have originated in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. These tomatoes are typically pink in color, and medium-sized, often ranging from 6 to 8 ounces. They have a well-balanced, mild, and slightly tangy flavor profile.
These tomatoes are used in various culinary applications, such as salads, sandwiches, and salsas. They are also great for canning and making sauces. The Arkansas Traveler variety is known for its resilience to hot and humid conditions, making it a popular choice for gardeners in the southern United States.
The Azoychka tomato originated in Russia, and remains a Russian heirloom variety that has been passed down through generations. In Russian it translates to “little doll”. Azoychka typically have a bright yellow or golden color when ripe, and are medium to large in size.
The flavor of Azoychka tomatoes is often described as sweet and tangy with a mild acidity. They are known for their well-balanced and unique taste that is difficult to describe but tasty. There is no specific use for these tomatoes, and they appear to support most culinary uses.
The Beefmaster tomato is a hybrid variety of beefsteak tomato that was developed in the United States. It’s specifically bred for its large size, often weighing over a pound, and robust flavor. Beefmaster tomatoes come in various colors, including red, pink, and orange, depending on the specific cultivar. This is a popular home garden tomato in warm climates, as they require a longer growing season to reach their full potential. They do, however, deliver impressive fruits to the patient gardener.
These tomatoes are known for their rich, meaty flavor. They have a good balance of sweetness and acidity, making them versatile for various culinary uses, but the obvious use is as a slicing tomato for burgers, BLTs, and other sandwiches.
The Beefsteak tomato is believed to have originated in the United States. It’s a popular variety grown across various regions, but it thrives in warm climates. There are numerous sub-varieties of beefsteak tomatoes, and most are Big, often weighing around 1 pound or more. They tend, however, to have irregular shapes. Beefsteak tomatoes are known for their rich, juicy, and sweet flavor. They have a balanced acidity that complements their sweetness.
Due to their size and flavor, Beefsteak tomatoes are a favorite choice for slicing due to their size, making them perfect for sandwiches and as toppings for burgers.
Better Boy Tomato
The Better Boy tomato was developed in the United States about 50 years ago. These tomatoes are typically bright red when ripe, and are medium to large-sized averaging about 12 ounces. They offer a classic tomato flavor that’s balanced between sweetness and acidity.
Better Boy tomatoes are versatile and can be used in various dishes, from salads to sauces and Salsa where their bright red color adds flare to your presentation. Better Boy tomato plants are known for their disease resistance and high yields making them a favored choice for many gardeners. In fact the better boy tomato is noted in the Guinness book of world records for having a plant produce the most tomatoes by weight in a season.
Black Cherry Tomato
The Black cherry tomato is thought to have originated in Central and South America, and is today grown in a variety of regions with warm climates. Despite the name “Black,” these tomatoes are actually a deep purplish-red or mahogany color. They are small, round, and typically the size of a cherry, making them perfect for snacking. Black cherry tomatoes have a complex and rich flavor, often described as sweet with a slightly smoky undertone.
Their size and unique color make them ideal for veggie trays. Put them in with a mix of red, yellow, and orange cherry tomatoes to give your tray a color boost. Similarly, cut them in half with other color cherry tomatoes to mix into your salads for the same aesthetic splash of color.
Black Krim Tomato
The Black Krim tomato is believed to have originated in Ukraine or Russia. The “Krim” in its name is a reference to the Crimean Peninsula (actually the Island of Krim off the peninsula), from where it is thought to have originated. Understandably, It’s well-suited for cooler climates.
These tomatoes have a dark, purplish-black exterior that deepens as they ripen.They are medium-sized tomatoes known for their smoky, sweet, and slightly tangy flavor. They are often used in salads, sandwiches, or enjoyed on their own due to their distinct flavor. They are available in the USA, but you will likely need to visit a good international market to find them
The Brandywine tomato is believed to have originated in the 19th century in Pennsylvania. Like other varieties of beefsteak tomatoes, the brandywine are irregularly shaped and large. Actually, these can be huge, often weighing as much as 1 ½ lbs. They come in various colors, including pink, red, and even yellow. The red and pink tend to remain a bit green at the stem even when ripe.
Brandywine tomatoes are known for their rich, sweet, and slightly tangy flavor, and are great for slicing and using in sandwiches.
Bucking Bronco Tomato
The exact origin of the Bucking Bronco beefsteak tomato is not well-documented, but it is a newer variety developed in recent years. These are typically deep and large-sized tomatoes, consistent with the beefsteak variety characteristics. Bucking bronco beefsteak tomatoes are known for their bold, classic tomato flavor.
Due to their large size and robust flavor, they are often used for slicing in sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Their classic tomato flavor makes them suitable for just about any tomato application.
Campari tomatoes were developed in the late 20th century in Europe. Campari is actually a trademark name for them sold in the USA. Campari tomatoes are vibrant red and small to medium-sized. They are larger than cherry tomatoes, but smaller than plum (roma) tomatoes. You may find them in the grocery sold as “tomato-on-the-vine”
Campari tomatoes are known for their sweet and slightly tangy flavor as well as their juiciness. They are popular as snacking tomatoes, often enjoyed as is or in salads. Their size lends them to use sliced accompanied by sliced mozzarella on an appetizer platter. We like them for Trisch’s stuffed tomatoes. This recipe came from a long time reader, and these smaller tomatoes are perfect to make small stuffed tomato appetizers!
Celebrity tomatoes were developed in the 1980s as a hybrid variety, intended to thrive in various growing regions. Hybrids are often designed for superior taste, durability, or volume of fruit. Celebrity tomatoes are typically bright red and medium-sized tomatoes that offer a well-balanced, mild, and slightly sweet flavor.
They are versatile and can be used for salads, salsas, and most cooking applications. We like their bright red color to set off our taco recipes. They would also be good as a sliced pizza topping.
Cherokee Purple Tomato
Cherokee Purple tomatoes are believed to have originated with the Cherokee people, and are known to have been cultivated before 1890. They are a heritage beefsteak variety commonly grown in North America after a resurgence of their use in the 1990s.
They have a distinctive deep purplish-brown color, often with green shoulders. They tend to average about 8-12 ounces, and are known for their complex, sweet, and slightly smoky flavor. Some describe their taste as rich and earthy.
These tomatoes are often used in salads, sandwiches, and salsas due to their unique flavor and striking color. Going against the grain a bit we recommend using them in bruschetta! You can make an appetizer platter with red, orange, and these purple tomatoes.
Cherry Roma Tomato
Cherry Roma tomatoes are a smaller variant of the classic roma tomato. Romas were developed in Italy, but the cherry variety has been adapted and grown in various regions around the world. They are bright red and a bit bigger than most cherry tomatoes with an oblong plum shape. They are typically sweet and tangy, similar to regular roma tomatoes.
These tomatoes are excellent for snacking, adding to salads, or using in pasta dishes. They combine the characteristics of the classic roma tomato with the bite-sized convenience of cherry tomatoes, making them a favorite for both gardeners and home cooks. You might consider them in any recipe you want your cherry tomatoes to be on the larger side. They would also be the one stop shop tomato for this Roasted asparagus with romesco sauce. We make the sauce with roma tomatoes due to their low water content, but roast cherry tomatoes to top the asparagus. These tomatoes can do both.
Cherry tomatoes, as a category, don’t have a specific origin since they are derived from various wild tomato species. They are grown globally in a wide range of climates, and crossbreeding has resulted in numerous sub-varieties. These varieties can be red, yellow, orange, or even striped. They are normally quite small at less than 1” in diameter, and are known for their sweetness and vibrant flavor. They can range from mildly sweet to intensely sweet depending on the variety.
These tomatoes are often eaten raw as snacks, and are the ubiquitous feature of most veggie trays. They are great on salads particularly if you use multiple colors to enhance the visual appeal. In the kitchens of Live Eat Learn we have 15 Ways to Use Cherry Tomatoes we really like.
Chocolate Stripes Tomato
The Chocolate Stripes tomato is a heirloom variety that likely originated in the United States. It is dark red or brownish with green and orange stripes, resembling the patterns on a chocolate cookie. They typically weigh in around 8-12 ounces, and are known for their rich, sweet, and earthy flavor, often with a hint of smokiness.
Chocolate Stripes tomatoes are typically used in salads, sandwiches, and sauces. All the usual culinary applications. Their striking appearance also makes them a favorite for decorative culinary applications. We think they are a great option for stuffed tomatoes.
Cocktail tomatoes, also known as salad tomatoes, are generally a mix of smaller tomato varieties that are often grown in various regions around the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia. Cocktail tomatoes come in a range of colors, including red, yellow, and orange. They are typically small, about the size of a golf ball or slightly larger, and tend to have a sweet and juicy flavor.
These tomatoes are commonly used in salads, as garnishes, or simply enjoyed as a healthy snack. When cooked they stand up to heat well making them a great option for mini stuffed tomatoes. They are often sold as mixed varieties, offering a colorful and flavorful assortment of small tomatoes in one package. This is convenient if you want to showcase a variety of colors in your cuisine.
Costoluto Genovese Tomato
Costoluto Genovese tomatoes have Italian origins, specifically from the Genoa region of northern Italy. They are a vibrant red medium-sized tomato with irregular, heavily ribbed and flattened shapes. Costoluto Genovese tomatoes have a rich and bold flavor, often described as intense and slightly tart.
Due to their robust flavor, they are often used for making pasta sauce for Italian cuisine or just slicing for fresh eating. They are ideal for any applications you want a bright red tomato. As a taco component comes to mind.
Currant tomatoes are believed to have originated in South America. They are now grown in various parts of the world, including North America and Europe. They come in a range of colors, including red, yellow, and sometimes even black (purpleish) or orange, but they are tiny, usually less than half an inch in diameter.
Despite their small size, currant tomatoes pack a sweet and tangy flavor. They are often used as garnishes, in salads, or as a flavorful addition to dishes due to their size and burst of flavor. Use them in bruschetta or perhaps this rainbow vegetable tart where the multiple colors and small size are a real advantage.
Early Girl Tomato
Early Girl tomatoes were developed in the United States to deliver multiple harvests until the first frost stops them. They are a globe tomato that typically gets to be about the size of a tennis ball and perhaps 4-8 ounces. They are a sweet tomato with a bit of acidity.
Evergreen tomatoes were originally introduced by Gleckler Seedmen of Metamora, Ohio in 1956. It is a green-when-ripe variety or medium-size, and a beefsteak shape. As their name suggests they have a unique green color, inside and out, even when fully ripe and vary in size from medium to large. Their flavor is mild and slightly tangy, with a hint of sweetness.
They are often used in salads, salsas, and as a striking addition to dishes that benefit from their green color. Perhaps a green Salsa for Saint Patrick’s Day or a pre-Christmas party.
Fourth of July Tomato
These tomatoes were developed in the United States specifically to produce fruit early in the summer, by the 4th of July. They are well-suited for regions with warm climates, and are a red medium-sized tomato with a mildly sweet flavor.
Due to their small size and flavorful taste, Fourth of July tomatoes are often used in all most common tomato uses to include salads and salsas. They are popular with home gardeners as they produce ripe fruit early, and often keep bearing fruit until the first frost.
Gardener’s Delight Tomato
These tomatoes originated in Europe and are widely grown in temperate climates around the world. They are a red cherry tomato known for their exceptionally sweet and tangy flavor.
They are often enjoyed fresh as a snack, are a good option for veggie trays, in salads, or used for garnishes. As their name suggests, gardeners like these tomatoes. They produce a Lot of fruit and are fairly disease resistant.
Garden Peach Tomato
These tomatoes are native to Peru. They are small, bright yellow tomatoes with the standard globe tomato shape. The tomato resembles a peach in that its yellow color seems to blush pink when ripe, and has a fuzzy skin. Peach tomatoes are known for their unique sweet and mild flavor, often accompanied by a slight tartness. They are typically enjoyed fresh, either on their own or in salads.
German Johnson Tomato
The German Johnson tomato, often referred to as the “German Johnson Pink,” is a beefsteak style tomato that originated in North Carolina. German Johnson tomatoes are generally pink or pinkish-red in color, with a slightly mottled appearance. Like other beerstake varieties, they are large tomatoes often weighing around 1 pound or more.
German Johnson tomatoes are known for their rich, sweet, and slightly tangy flavor. They are often described as having a balanced and full taste. Due to their size and flavor, German Johnson tomatoes are commonly used for slicing and eating fresh in sandwiches like BLTs.
Giulietta F1 Tomato
In case the “F1” in the name didn’t give it away, the Giulietta F1 tomato is a hybrid variety developed by a seed company. The “F1” indicates that it’s a first-generation hybrid. Giulietta F1 tomatoes are usually a dull to full red when ripe, and medium-sized. They have a unique oblong shape making them resemble a fat chili pepper.
Giulietta F1 tomatoes are known for their sweet and mild flavor, and are often used in salads, chopped for tacos or fajitas, in salsa, and sauces. Their small size doesn’t lend itself to a slicing tomato for burgers or sandwiches.
Globe tomatoes are a common variety of tomato that is widely grown around the world. They are believed to have originated in the Americas and have become a staple in many cuisines. Globe tomatoes typically have a deep red color when ripe, although there are also yellow and orange varieties available. As the name suggests, they are generally round in shape and can vary in size from medium to large.
Globe tomatoes have a mild pleasant flavor with a good balance of sweetness and acidity. These tomatoes are versatile and are often used in salsa, sandwiches, pizza, salads, pasta sauce, some people even eat them out of hand like you might an apple.
Golden Jubilee Tomato
Golden Jubilee tomatoes were developed in the United States, and are well-suited for warmer climates. These tomatoes have a vibrant golden-yellow color, and are typically medium to large in size. Golden Jubilee tomatoes have a mild and sweet flavor with a slightly tangy undertone.
Use their striking golden color in conjunction with bright red orange to create visual appeal in your salads, or as slices put out for a sandwich bar. They also make a nice garnish contrasting well with a bit of parsley. You can also use them in traditionally red tomato recipes like sauces and salsa to create a unique look.
Grape tomatoes are believed to have originated in the United States. They are now grown in various regions globally, including North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Grape tomatoes are oblong and shaped like grapes. They are typically red or yellow, but they can also come in shades of orange and even black (dark purple). They about half the size of cherry tomatoes, with thicker skins. Grape tomatoes aren’t as sweet as cherry tomatoes, and their flesh is meatier and less watery.
They are a good option for veggie trays. Get multiple colors and mix them for a colorful display. They are an easy addition to salads as they are small and don’t need to be cut. Add them to your pasta dishes, or use them where you might cherry tomatoes like in bruschetta, or one of these 4 great toast toppings.
Great White Tomato
The Great White Tomato was discovered as a natural mutation in the 1990s. As the name suggests, Great White tomatoes are pale to creamy white in color. They are medium-sized tomatoes, similar in size to classic red tomatoes, but with a shape that resembles a beefsteak tomato. Great White tomatoes are known for their mild, slightly sweet flavor with a hint of tanginess.
We believe this tomato’s flavor can support about any tomato application, but if you go to the trouble of finding them it ought to be to leverage their unique color. Look for uses in which you can combine red, yellow, white, and perhaps purple tomatoes together. Perhaps on an appetizer tray with mozzarella cheese, or in a taco bar with different colored diced tomatoes to choose from.
Green Beefsteak Tomato
Beefsteak tomatoes, including green varieties, are believed to have originated in Mexico, and were brought to Europe from Mexico by conquistador Hernan Cortez in the early 16th century. Today they are grown in many parts of the world. They are green inside and out when ripe and like other beefsteak tomatoes are quite large. Green beefsteak tomatoes typically have a mild, slightly tangy flavor with a touch of sweetness.
Use these like you would any other beefsteak tomato. They are a great slicing tomato variety for use in sandwiches and burgers, and would make a unique BLT sandwich especially if you used a lettuce that isn’t green to make a contradictory appearance. They are also a great tomato to simply grill. Perhaps grill them together with red and purple beefsteaks for a unique presentation.
Green Zebra Tomato
We will get to the Zebra tomato at the end of this alphabetical list, but the green zebra tomatoes were developed in the United States by breeder Tom Wagner in 1983. This was a project he had been working on since the 1950s, but he seems to have gotten the cultivar right.
Green Zebra tomatoes have green and yellow stripes, giving them a distinctive appearance. They are generally small to medium-sized tomatoes known for their sweet and slightly tangy flavor with a hint of citrus. The stripes become more pronounced as the tomato ripens, and would go well in a stuffed tomato recipe.
The Hangover tomato is a variety developed by breeder Tom Wagner from Washington state who also developed other hybrids to include the green zebra. It was specifically bred to thrive in regions with shorter growing seasons and cooler climates like his native Washington.
Mr. Wagner never stated how he named these tomatoes and the name “Hangover” might seem peculiar, but it was likely chosen due to the tomato’s ability to grow well even after a cold night or frosty weather. This resilience reflects the ability to “hang on” despite adverse conditions.
Hangover tomatoes and medium-sized, and typically have a red or pinkish hue. These tomatoes are known for having a balanced and slightly sweet flavor. Hangover tomatoes are versatile and can be used in most applications you wouldn’t use a grape, cherry, or beefsteak tomato for.
Heirloom tomatoes are not associated with a specific variety of tomato. The term simply refers to any of the different tomato varieties that have been passed down through generations, often desired for their unique characteristics. In other words they aren’t one of the hundreds of recent hybrids developed by growers.
Heirloom tomatoes are open-pollinated varieties, meaning they are pollinated naturally by wind, insects, or birds. They are often desired for their historical significance and diverse array of flavors and appearances.
Hillbilly tomatoes originated in West Virginia in the 1800s and are an heirloom tomato. They are beefsteak tomatoes with a distinctive yellow and red marbled skin. They are large tomatoes often reaching 1-2 pounds, and are known for their sweet and slightly tangy flavor.
These tomatoes are commonly used as slicing tomatoes and are great in sandwiches and on burgers.
Indigo Rose Tomato
Indigo Rose tomatoes were developed by a breeding program at the Oregon State University. The university created this variety to have high levels of antioxidants. It was developed with home gardens and farmers markets in mind, and was the first tomato variety in the world containing anthocyanins which are most prevalent in blue and purple fruits.
These tomatoes are distinctively deep purple-black in color when ripe, and are usually small to medium-sized. Indigo Rose tomatoes have a complex flavor profile with a blend of sweetness and tanginess.
They are often used in salads, as garnishes, or any dish you want to have a striking purple appearance. Perhaps diced for tacos or to create a unique Pico De Gallo.
Japanese Black Trifele Tomato
Also known as Black Truffle or Trifele Black tomatoes, they originated in Russia in 1999. They have since gained popularity in various regions across the world. It has a unique mahogany color and pear shape, and is typically around 2-3 inches in diameter making it a medium-sized tomato.
The flavor is said to be rich, complex, and sweet with a smoky undertone. It’s often described as having a hint of earthiness, similar to the flavor of truffles, which is how it got its name. Where the Japanese part came from, we aren’t quite sure.
This tomato is great for fresh eating in leafy green salads where its unique color stands out. It also makes a good color addition to charcuterie boards, or for making tomato sauces you want a dark hue in.
Jersey Boy Tomato
Jersey boy tomatoes were created through crossbreeding of brandywine and rutgers beefsteak tomatoes, by the Burpee Seed Company in 2015. We aren’t sure where the Jersey name comes from as the seed work was done in PA. It could be that Bradywine and Rutgers are both NJ locales.
These are vibrant red tomatoes of medium to large size, averaging around 3-4 inches in diameter. Jersey boy tomatoes are known for their balanced flavor that’s a mix of sweetness and acidity causing some people to claim they are the best tasting tomatoes.
They’re excellent for slicing for sandwiches due to their decent size and outstanding taste, but you can use them for just about any tomato recipe.
Jubilee tomatoes were developed in the United States in 1943, and are now 80 years later considered an heirloom variety. Jubilee are medium to large globe-shaped golden-orange tomatoes with very meaty, thick-walled interiors and mild flavor with a bit of tanginess.
Due to their vibrant color and balanced flavor, jubilee tomatoes are often used in salads (ideally combined with other colors for a nice presentation), salsas, and as a garnish to add visual appeal to dishes.
Juliet tomatoes are a hybrid tomato developed in the USA in the 1990s. They are slightly bigger than grape tomatoes but smaller than roma, and have a nice deep red color. They have a sweet flavor similar to cherry tomatoes but have a more elongated shape than do cherry tomato varieties.
Due to their small size and excellent flavor, juliet tomatoes are perfect for veggie trays, charcuterie boards, or really any of our 15 Ways to Use Cherry Tomatoes.
Kellogg’s Breakfast Tomato
Okay stay with me on this one. Tomato naming can be a puzzle. Kellogg’s breakfast tomatoes originated in West Virginia in 1993, and were introduced to Darrell Kellogg by a friend. Kellogg grew the tomatoes in his Michigan garden, but he is of no relation to W.K. Kellogg the breakfast cereal magnate also of Michigan. Where the “breakfast” part came from we don’t know. While tomatoes are commonly eaten in some European nations for breakfast (usually with yogurt) this isn’t an American tradition.
Kellogg’s Breakfast tomatoes typically have a vibrant golden-orange color and are medium to large-sized tomatoes.They are known for their rich, sweet, and slightly tangy flavor, and said to have a very balanced taste.
Kellogg’s Breakfast tomatoes are versatile and can be used in any tomato recipe or use that require a burst of sweet tomato flavor, or in applications you just want the color contrast of its golden skin and flesh.
Lemon Boy Tomato
Lemon boy tomatoes were developed in the USA in 1984 specifically to be disease and pest resistant, which is to say yield a better crop and profits for the grower. As the name implies, lemon boy tomatoes are bright yellow resembling a lemon, and are medium-sized tomatoes. These tomatoes are typically sweet with a mild tanginess, making them a refreshing and flavorful choice.
Lemon boy tomatoes are a good option for adding color to your tomato presentations. Yellow tomatoes are not as common as red, orange, or even purple tomatoes, and give you one more option for adding a splash of color. Consider having a bowl of diced tomatoes of each color for your home taco night, or for fajitas.
Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom Tomato
Sometimes referred to simply as “Lillian’s Yellow,” this heirloom tomato was created by Lillian Bruce of Tennessee, and is popular with home gardeners. These tomatoes are, as the name suggests, a beautiful shade of yellow and range in size from small to medium. The flavor is said to be sweet and fruity with a balanced acidity.
We just remarked on how unusual bright yellow tomatoes are in the lemon boy tomato (above) and alphabetically we happen to hit another bright yellow tomato. Again, we think the best uses are any application you want to accent with an additional color. A leafy green salad with a white dressing covered in 4 colors of sliced tomatoes makes a nice presentation.
Marmande Beefsteak Tomato
Marmande beefsteak tomatoes originated in France, but are now grown in various regions around the world. These tomatoes are typically red, but can also have orange or pink hues. They are medium to large-sized beefsteak tomatoes with a rich, sweet, and slightly acidic flavor known for their juiciness.
Matt’s Wild Cherry Tomato
The ancestor of these tomatoes was native to Central America and Mexico, but these were actually a cultivar of the wild tomatoes developed by Doctor Matt Liebman or Maine. Matt’s wild cherry tomatoes are red when ripe, and very small like other cherry tomatoes. Matt’s tomatoes are known for their intense, sweet, and tangy flavor which is probably what he was seeking in his hybridization efforts.
These are great for snacking. Include them in your veggie trays or charcuterie boards. Cut them in half and top your salads with them, or try one of our 15 Ways to Use Cherry Tomatoes.
Micro Tom Tomato
Also known as Tiny Tim tomatoes, these tomatoes were developed for indoor and small space gardening, making them popular for container gardening. Micro Tom tomatoes are red when ripe and are extremely small tomatoes, often just a centimeter or so in diameter. They have a mild, slightly sweet flavor.
They are often used simply as decorative plants, and are also popular for educational purposes to demonstrate the growth and development of plants. They are also a good option for growing in a pot on your balcony.
Moneymaker tomatoes were originally developed in England, but are now grown in various regions around the world, including Europe and North America. The name “Moneymaker” comes from the variety’s reputation for being a reliable and prolific producer, making it a popular choice for home gardeners and small-scale farmers. The plants thrive in humid environments, so greenhouse farming is common.
These tomatoes are typically deep red and medium-sized at 4-6 ounces each. Moneymakers have a balanced flavor with a slight tanginess. They are often canned by home gardeners due to their abundant fruit production.
Monterosa tomatoes were developed in Spain by a tomato breeding company. They are now grown in other Mediterranean countries as well. These tomatoes are a vibrant red color, and are typically medium-sized, around 3 to 4 inches in diameter. They are known for their rich, sweet, and slightly tangy flavor.
Monterosa tomatoes are versatile and can be used in most common tomato applications. They are a favorite among home gardeners as they are known for their resistance to cracking and disease.
Mortgage Lifter Beefsteak Tomato
Mortgage Lifter tomatoes were developed by a gardener named Radiator Charlie in the 1930s in Logan, West Virginia. While we don’t suppose that is his real name, he did have a knack for growing tomatoes. He created this variety as a hybrid from the four largest beefsteak varieties he could find. The result is this pink or reddish-pink tomato that can weigh up to 4 lbs and very often weighs over 2.
The Mortgage lifter isn’t just big. It has won several awards for taste as well, which is mild, sweet, and slightly tangy. Their size makes them ideal as slicing tomatoes. If you can find them, try them on a BLT sandwich, or perhaps try them as a topping on these vegetarian halloumi burgers.
The name “Mortgage Lifter” came from Charlie’s success in selling the plants for $1 each during the Great Depression, helping him pay off his mortgage.
Mr. Stripey Tomato
Mr. Stripey tomatoes are an heirloom tomato named for their distinct red stripes on a yellow tomato. They are typically a medium to large tomato ranging between 12-24 ounces. There are also a wide range of appearances as the stripes seem to differ greatly from fruit to fruit.
They have a mild, sweet, and tangy flavor, and make a good slicing tomato due to their size, but their unique appearance suggests they would be better as a stuffed tomato option to showcase their unique appearance.
Orange Oxheart Tomato
These orange tomatoes are medium to large-sized, typically ranging from 6 to 10 ounces, and as the name suggests have a shape that somewhat resembles a heart. They offer a sweet and fruity flavor with a hint of acidity. You can use these in most tomato applications that do not require a red tomato or cherry tomato.
Pantano Romanesco Tomato
Pantano Romanesco tomatoes originate from Italy. They are named after the town of Pantano Italy, but are widely grown in Mediterranean climates and are also cultivated in other warm regions around the world.
These tomatoes are typically deep red with a slightly ribbed appearance, and are medium-sized tomatoes usually ranging from 2 to 4 inches in diameter. They are known for their rich, sweet, and slightly tangy flavor. These tomatoes are often used in making homemade romesco sauce.
You may also see these tomatoes called Ananas Noir or Black Pineapple tomatoes. They are of North American origin, but cultivated more broadly today. They have a bi-colored appearance, with green shoulders and a mix of yellow, orange, and red on the lower portion. Pineapple tomatoes are a beefsteak variety and often range from 1-2 pounds each.
They are known for their sweet, tropical-like flavor with a hint of acidity, which gives them a unique and appealing taste. Pineapple tomatoes are great for slicing and enjoying on their own due to their juicy and flavorful flesh. They are also great on sandwiches in which you want a sweet taste. That same sweet taste makes them a good candidate for use in your favorite Salsa. They would also go well in tomato dessert recipe like rainbow vegetable tarts.
Plum Regal Tomato
Also known as Italian Plum Regal tomatoes, they are commonly associated with Italian cuisine. They are grown in various regions, including Italy and the United States, and have a deep red color and oval shape. As plum tomatoes, they are small to medium-sized, typically measuring around 2 to 3 inches in length.
They have a strong, sweet flavor with dense flesh and fewer seeds compared to other tomato varieties. We recommend these tomatoes for use in Italian inspired cuisines like Roasted asparagus with romesco sauce or to make your favorite pasta sauce,
Pruden’s Purple Tomato
Also known as Pruden’s Purple Beefsteak tomatoes are attributed to Mrs Pruden of Kentucky. We don’t have a date of her work, but they are considered a heirloom variety. These tomatoes aren’t very purple, having a deep purple-red color. Pruden’s Purple tomatoes are large and beefsteak-like, often weighing over a pound.
They are known for a rich flavor that is both sweet and slightly tangy. The flavor is often described as robust. They are a great slicing tomato, but would work just fine in any chili recipe.
RAF stands for “Resistant Alternaria Fruit.” They were developed in Spain around 1961, and were specifically bred to resist the Alternaria fungus, which causes a common disease in tomatoes.
RAF tomatoes are typically red or pink, and medium-sized. They have a rich sweet flavor making them good cut into salads, or really most any red tomato use that isn’t better served by cherry tomatoes or the larger slicing beefsteaks.
Rebellion tomatoes are red, typically medium to large-sized tomatoes. They offer a classic tomato flavor that’s slightly sweet and tangy. They are a versatile tomato that will serve your cooking well in a host of tomato recipes.
Red Currant Tomato
Red Currant tomatoes originated in South America and have become popular worldwide. They are small, often about the size of a currant or grape, and have a sweet and intense flavor, often described as bursting with tomato essence.
Due to their small size and bold flavor, Red Currant tomatoes are often used whole in salads, on veggie trays, or bruschetta. Looking for something else? Try any of our 15 Ways to Use Cherry Tomatoes.
Roma are also known as the Plum tomato, Italian plum tomato, and paste tomato. Roma tomatoes originated in Italy, specifically in the Naples region, but they have become popular in many parts of the world and are now grown in various regions, including the Mediterranean, North America, and other parts of Europe.
Roma tomatoes are typically bright red when ripe, although there are also yellow and orange varieties available. They are generally oval or cylindrical in shape and smaller than globe or beefsteak tomatoes, usually measuring about 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) in length. Roma tomatoes are known for their rich and robust flavor. They have a lower moisture content compared to other tomato varieties which makes them the clear favorite in fire roasted tomatoes or tomato gazpacho.
Due to their meaty texture and low moisture content, Roma tomatoes are highly valued for making tomato sauces, pastes, and canning. They are also used in soups, stews, and dishes where a concentrated tomato flavor is desired. They work well for oven-drying and preserving, or in your air fryer.
The other great thing about Roma tomatoes is they are often the cheapest tomato at the grocery! But, if you like to cook with home grown, they are well-suited for container gardening due to their compact size.
Rutgers tomatoes are sometimes referred to as “Rutgers Scarlet” tomatoes in a nod to the Scarlet Knight mascot of NJ’s Rutgers State University where these were developed. As a graduate of Penn State’s School of Nutrition, I can’t help but see this tomato as a rival to my Nittany Lions. Seriously though, hats off to Rutgers as the Rutgers tomatoes played a significant role in shaping modern tomato breeding. They were developed in the 1920s to address disease resistance and flavor, becoming a standard for future breeding programs.
Rutgers tomatoes are medium-sized, and of course scarlet red. These tomatoes offer a well-balanced flavor that’s slightly sweet and tangy. They are commonly used for canning, sauces, and sandwiches.
San Marzano Tomato
Also known as San Marzano plum tomatoes, they came from the Italian town of San Marzano sul Sarno in 1926, and are primarily grown in the Campania region, particularly around Mount Vesuvius.
They are a deep red medium to large tomato with an elongated shape. They are known for their sweet and less acidic flavor, and have a rich, slightly tangy taste. They are a regionally important crop as mostly are canned as tomato paste. Their low water content makes them ideal for tomato sauce.
Santorini tomatoes are native to the Greek island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea known for its beaches, volcanic rock, and white houses. The tomatoes, however, are deep red, small, and round, cherry tomatoes. They are known for their intense sweetness and rich flavor. Santorini tomatoes are grown in volcanic soil on the island, which is believed to contribute to their distinct flavor. The harsh growing conditions, including strong winds and lack of water, are said to enhance their sweetness.
Striped German Tomato
The Striped German Tomato is an aesthetic large slicing tomato with bright orange-marbled stripes. The flat, medium to large, tomatoes are shaded yellow and red with a wonderful marbled interior. These tomatoes offer a balance of sweet and tangy flavors, often described as having a rich taste.
Our recommendation is to use these as a slicing tomato to show off their unique appearance. Slice these and put them on a platter when making burgers or sandwiches and let your guests build their own.
Sun Gold Tomato
This bright orange cherry tomato was developed in Japan and bred for exceptional sweetness and a fruity taste. It isn’t too much to say they offer a burst of flavor in each bite.
Use these together with red and yellow cherry tomatoes on a veggie tray or charcuterie board. They are great grilled or roasted in the air fryer or oven. And, of course, like all cherry tomatoes they are great just thrown whole or halved into your summer vegetable salad.
Super Sweet 100 Tomato
The Super Sweet 100 tomato is a hybrid variety developed by the Burpee Seed Co. These cherry tomatoes are typically red in color, and small at about 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter. As the name suggests, they are known for their high sugar content and very sweet flavor.
These are great as snacks right off the veggie tray. Add them to salads halved or whole, and incorporate them into your cooking where cherry tomatoes are called for and you want a sweet results. We are thinking of this rainbow vegetable tart.
We aren’t really sure where or when the tangerine tomato was developed, likely the 1930s as they are not a new cultivar. They are bright orange to tangerine color and of medium to large size at typically 6-8 ounces. They are known for their sweet and tangy flavor with fruity undertones. They are large enough to slice for sandwiches, but also good for salads or salsa to add a color variation.
Tigerella tomatoes were bred in the United Kingdom and have become popular among home gardeners worldwide. These tomatoes have a distinct striped pattern, and are medium-sized, roughly the size of a standard round tomato. Tigerella tomatoes offer a balanced, tangy-sweet flavor. Their unique appearance and medium size makes them a good candidate for stuffed tomatoes used as an appetizer.
Also known as “Dried Tomato,” “Raisin Tomato”, the tomaccio was developed in Israel from a wild Peruvian tomato. They are now grown more broadly. They ripen to a deep red and are cherry style tomatoes at about 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) in diameter. Tomaccio are intensely sweet with a slightly tart undertone. In Israel they are often dried due to their high sugar content.
There is a common belief that Valencia tomatoes are native to Spain, but there is actually more evidence that they were developed in Maine. Either way, they are now a popular heirloom variety with a unique appearance. They have a sunset orange skin and flesh when ripe and do resemble a valencia orange, where their name originated. They are a juicy orange with a firm skin making them great slicing tomatoes. They are one of the sweeter varieties, with the classic tomato flavor that everyone loves! You can use these in most tomato applications unless you are after that deep red color.
White Cherry Tomato
Also known as the “Snow White Cherry Tomato”, this cherry tomato was developed by Joe Bratka of New Jersey. They aren’t really white but more a pale yellow, and are the size of most cherry tomatoes. They are described as mildly sweet, and can be used like other cherry tomatoes in salads, veggie trays, or as a garnish.
Yellow Pear Tomato
The pear tomato originated in Europe in the 18th century, and the English brought it to America not long after. These small, yellow fruits that have a tangy, almost citrus flavor, and as the name suggests are shaped like a pear with a thin neck and bulb at the bottom.
These are a great option for veggie trays, halving and putting in salads, or consider using them in lieu of cherry tomatoes in a variety of recipes.
You may see these called green zebra or red zebra tomatoes. We discussed the green zebra above. The red zebra appears to have been a natural cross between Tom Wagner’s Green Zebra and an unknown parent. It was discovered growing by Jeff Dawson in his California fields in the 1990s.
Red Zebras are similar to their green cousins but of course red. They do have similar aesthetically pleasing stripes and are said to be sweet and delicious. Their bright color makes them a good option for a wide range of tomato cuisine we have discussed in the previous varieties.
Globe (or standard) tomatoes are the most commonly sold!
Cherry tomatoes are easy to grow right at home! Here’s how to grow cherry tomatoes.
While all tomatoes generally have the same health benefits, the roma (or plum) tomato has the highest concentration of nutrients (due to the lower water content)!
Tomato Health Benefits
Each type of tomato is incredibly full of nutrients! Check out these nutrition facts for tomatoes (this is per 1 cup cherry tomatoes, about 150 g).
Calories in Tomatoes: 27
Tomatoes are relatively low calorie as far as fruits go, with only 27 calories per cup. This makes them a great choice for using in meals or snacking for those trying to lose weight.
Carbohydrates: 6 g
While most of the calories in tomatoes come from carbohydrates, they’re still pretty low carb! This is because tomatoes are almost all water. Tomatoes are suitable for a low carb or keto diet.
Fiber: 2 g
Tomatoes are a source of fiber, and have about 7% of your Daily Value (DV). This means that tomatoes can can make you to feel full, helping you to eat less and lose weight.
Protein: 1 g
As with most fruits and vegetables, tomatoes are not high in protein.
Fat: 0 g
Tomatoes have almost no fat!
32% DV of Vitamin C
1 cup of tomatoes contains almost a third of the vitamin C that you need in a day! This antioxidant helps maintain your immune system as well as helps to create collagen.
25% DV of Vitamin A
Tomato is and excellent source of Vitamin A, which is essential in many components of healthy vision, as well as immunity!
15% DV of Vitamin K
Tomatoes contain Vitamin K, a fat-soluble vitamin that helps maintain healthy blood clotting and bone synthesis.