Heirloom tomatoes are growing in popularity and can now be found in an array of different recipes. Today there are many to choose from.
Those that include open-pollinated varieties that have been in existence since the 1930’s.
Those with seeds that have been passed down within a family for generation.
‘Created Heirlooms’ are a cross between two different types of heirlooms; a combination sometimes called a hybrid. This directed approach, which is not actually an unnatural process has been used for decades to develop more desirable characteristics within the tomato while eliminating other, less desirable characteristics.
These products that derive from a non-directed cross-pollination of certain heirloom varieties that might not normally interact.
Specific Types of Heirloom Tomatoes
- Beefsteak Tomato
This type of heirloom tomato is one of the largest available and can sometimes weigh up to one pound. They are usually red or pink in appearance and have many different seed compartments distributed within them.
- Cherokee Purple
Has some of the characteristics of a Beefsteak tomato but typically with green color splashed across the top. Cherokees are richly flavored and commonly used for roasting.
- Yellow Valencia
The Yellow Valencia has a smooth and meaty texture with a distinct tomato flavor. They are better when grown in cooler climates and are bright yellow, or yellow-orange in appearance.
- Ramapo Jersey Heirloom
Ramapo Jersey heirloom tomatoes are most popular in New Jersey and rarely eaten out of state because it’s considered too soft to be shipped. Red in appearance, the Ramapo Jersey heirloom became popular when it was released by Rutger’s University in 1968.
- Early Girl Tomato
Names for an early ripening hybrid tomato the Early Girl typically reaches its date of maturity between 50 and 62 days and has a darker red appearance.
Heirloom tomatoes are one of the healthiest and tastiest vegetables available and are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and potassium. They are commonly used to create or accentuate soups, sauces, and more. Different versions produce different flavors; their uses are numerous an versatile. They are also generally less acidic than a typical red tomato, and the flavors can range from earthy, sweet and smokey, to complex and almost wine-like.
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