Popular Heirloom Tomato Varieties
What are the best heirloom tomato varieties?
Well, everyone has his or her favorite, of course. But below you’ll find a list of some of the most popular, as determined by sales and Internet searches.
Just skim through the thumbnails and click on whatever strikes your fancy.
New to Heirlooms?
Heirlooms – not just tomatoes, but just about any kind of plant – are old throwback varieties. Heirloom tomato varieties are likely what your great-grandmother grew in her garden, or even what her great grandmother grew.
Heirlooms are strains that have been around a long time. And they’ve been around a long time for two very good reasons:
· Gardeners love them! Gardeners have loved growing and eating these varieties for decades, even centuries. Their great popularity has motivated generations of gardeners to preserve the seed and pass their favorite varieties along to the next generation.
· Heirlooms reproduce true-to-seed. If you were to grow a Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato in your garden this year (and that would be a great one to try, by the way!), you could collect the seeds from it, and those seeds would produce true Cherokee Purple tomatoes when you grew them next year.
But the seeds from your Celebrity hybrid tomatoes, conversely, would not produce Celebrity tomatoes.
Heirlooms Offer Lots of Wild and Wonderful Choices…
One thing’s for certain: if you grow heirlooms, you won’t be growing just another same-old, same-old tomato.
The world of heirlooms offers a wild array of flavors, shapes and colors.
Some are downright freaky looking!
(Wouldn’t it be fun to serve some BLT’s made with slices of purple-black tomato to some unsuspecting guests!?)
If you’re interested in exploring the world of heirlooms, selecting from the varieties below will get you off to a good start.
Just pick out a thumbnail photo, click on it, and I’ll tell you a bit more about that variety.
Be aware, though, that these varieties are just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of heirloom tomato varieties available to home gardeners.
And isn’t that a wonderful thing!
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