A Visual Celebration of Tomatoes of Every Color

A Visual Celebration of Tomatoes of Every Color

192b4b2e2dd5371bcaa8301841ec50f4d8a6e2bb?w=240&h=240&fit=crop
Sheela Prakash
Aug 18, 2016
(Image credit: Kara Whitten)

Walk through the farmers market this time of year and you'll be blown away by the variety of tomatoes laid out at various stands. I always find myself lost among the shapes, sizes, and colors, trying to buy at least one of each unique type just to see what it tastes like. Here are just some of the incredible array of tomatoes that flock the markets.

(Image credit: Kara Whitten)

1. Red Beefsteak

There's nothing boring about your standard red tomato — it's large, firm, and meant to be sliced thick for caprese salads or BLT sandwiches.

(Image credit: Kara Whitten)

2. Old German

This heirloom variety is extra juicy, has few seeds, and is also best sliced thick in sandwiches and on toast.

(Image credit: Kara Whitten)

3. Pink Furry Boar

Funny name, yes. This medium-sized tomato has pink- and cream-striped skin, but what makes it most interesting is the light peach-like fuzz on that skin.

(Image credit: Kara Whitten)

4. Red Cherry and Grape

These little guys are known and loved. Cherry tomatoes are slightly larger than grape, but both are perfect halved in a tomato salad or eaten right out of your hand for a snack.

(Image credit: Kara Whitten)

5. Orange Beefsteak

This heirloom not only has a pretty orange skin, but it's also less acidic than red varieties.

(Image credit: Kara Whitten)

6. Sungold Cherry

These tiny tomatoes are extra sweet and also have a citrus-like flavor to them. Use them in conjunction with red cherry tomatoes for a colorful mix.

(Image credit: Kara Whitten)

7. Yellow Plum

Another heirloom that has a mild flavor — they're extra nice drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and tossed on the grill.

(Image credit: Kara Whitten)

8. Yellow Pear

These funny-shaped tomatoes are about the size of grape tomatoes, but look more like tiny pears. They're mild and great for snacking.

(Image credit: Kara Whitten)

9. Lemon Boy

These medium-sized tomatoes are a bright, almost florescent yellow. They are low in acid and mildly tangy in flavor. Try adding them to your next panzanella.

(Image credit: Kara Whitten)

10. Chocolate Cherry

This heirloom is reddish-brown in color and a bit larger than your average cherry tomato. Its flavor is especially unique: it's deep, rich, and almost smoky.

(Image credit: Kara Whitten)

11. Purple Cherokee

Another heirloom tomato with a mahogany-like hue. These guys are extra large, have meaty flesh, and are another perfect slicer.

(Image credit: Kara Whitten)

12. Green

Not to be confused with Green Zebra tomatoes, a variety that is green when ripe, these green tomatoes are unripe tomatoes of any other variety. They have a tangy flavor and crisp texture that's most commonly enjoyed battered and fried.

These tomatoes were sourced by Melissa's Produce.

Created with Sketch.