Tomato, Tomahto

April 20, 2018

Tomato, tomahto, potato, potahto – just when you thought all tomatoes were created equal, they’re not! There’s dozens of different types of tomatoes out there. Think of when you go to the grocery store – do you want Roma, Cherry, Heirloom, Beefsteak, the options are endless. Well it’s safe to say that when it comes to planting tomato vines and bushes, the options are equally as vast. But not to worry, we’re here to help determine the best growing tomatoes for all your cooking needs!

  1. Bush Early Girl – a compact growing plant that bears a high yield of fruit. Think of this as your everyday tomato – use them in salads, sliced on sandwiches, or on a plate with basil and mozzarella.
  2. Burpee Big Boy – a fat and juicy, bright red tomato that sometimes will reach a pound in weight! The tomato to every burger.
  3. Roma – a compact vine and a large harvest! Romas are most popular for making tomato paste, sauces or canning.
  4. Celebrity Tomato – clusters of medium to large tomatoes that are prized for their flavor. With strong vines and a disease resistant nature, these are a favorite among gardeners. Think of this tomato as your bruschetta tomato.
  5. Sweet 100 – producing literally 100 or more sweet, cherry sized, scarlet tomatoes great for snacking, for salads or for roasting with other vegetables.
  6. Orange Zinger – a little extra tang than your average tomato. When you want a zinger, go for this one!
  7. Tomato Mortgage Lifter – weighing between 2.5 and 4 pounds, this is one of the most famous heirloom tomatoes. Slice this up with salt and paper, basil and mozzarella for a side dish at dinner.
  8. Cherokee Purple Tomato – a beautiful dusty rose color and sweet tasting tomato great in any presentation.

 

Photo Credit: John Morgan

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