Which home grown tomatoes taste best?

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Which home grown tomatoes taste best?
Colourful variety of heirloom tomatoes (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Tomatoes come in 7,500 different types and a wide variety of colours, sizes and taste. Heirloom tomatoes are tomatoes that have been passed down through generations via seed saving; they are considered superior in taste.

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The Brandywine, a pink tomato, dates back to 1885 and has a deep, old-fashioned tomato taste that is slightly acidic. Black Krim is a Russian heirloom that is a beautiful dark maroon colour and has slight undertones of sweet and salty. A paste tomato called Opalka, originally brought to the United States from Poland, gets high marks for being rich and sweet and it makes excellent tomato sauce.


Sungold Select, an orange cherry tomato from Germany, is sweet and tangy. Cherokee Purple is an old Native American variety that dates back to before 1890 and is considered one of the best-tasting tomatoes. Yellow Icicle, an heirloom from Iowa, has a creamy colour with hints of both sweet and spicy.


Soil, water and climate conditions will affect the taste of tomatoes, and the same fruit can taste slightly different every year, depending on those factors. Most heirloom tomatoes, however, can be counted on to consistently provide rich, intense and true tomato flavour.

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