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The Best Yellow Tomato Varieties

Updated February 21, 2017

Yellow tomatoes add an intriguing colour to a salad or sandwich and have a mild taste. Pink and yellow tomato varieties are often meatier and have less seeds and gel than red tomato varieties. Tomato colour depends on the amount of carotene pigments in the flesh and skin. Most tomatoes are high in lycopene, the pigment that makes tomatoes red, while others are high betacarotene, which makes a tomato yellow or orange.

Yellow Pear

The Yellow Pear produces small, sweet fruits. This type is recommended by the Ohio State University Extension as "a very tasty pear-shaped yellow tomato" and "very productive." This kind of tomato grows vigorously, producing many 1- to 1-1/2-inch fruits per vine. The yellow fruits have an especially high sugar content, making them sweet. The vine is indeterminate, which means it sets lateral flower clusters rather than terminal ones and so may continue to grow taller indefinitely. Yellow Pear is resistant to verticillium and fusarium wilt.

Lemon Boy

Yellow tomato cultivars tend to taste sweeter than red tomatoes and mature earlier than other types. Lemon Boy, recommended by the University of Illinois and University of Missouri Extensions, is shaped like a beefsteak tomato but bright lemon-yellow. The vine is indeterminate. The plant takes 72 days after planting to begin producing fruit, which is average. Lemon Boy is resistant to verticillium and fusarium wilt, as well as nematodes and alternaria stem canker.

Jubilee

The jubilee tomato is an open pollinated tomato plant, which means that it is pollinated naturally by wind, insects and birds. The Jubilee vine is indeterminate. This variety produces juicy, thick, full tomatoes weighing up to 227gr. The colour is deep golden yellow, which adds a beautiful splash of colour to any summer garden. According to the University of Ohio Extension, the yellow fruits have low acidity and excellent taste.

Mountain Gold

The Mountain Gold tomato variety produces juicy, medium- to large-sized fruits, up to 227gr. The Mountain Gold cultivar is determinate, which means it flowers at the terminal growing point and will not grow taller; thus, it is more controlled and easier for a gardener to maintain. It is resistant to verticillium and fusarium wilt. The fruits are a deep, tangerine-yellow with a mild to sweet flavour. The first fruits appear about 70 days after planting, which is a few days less than most red varieties.

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Noelle Carver has been a freelance writer since 2009, with work published in "SSYK" and "The Wolf," two U.K. literary journals. Carver holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from American University and a Master of Fine Arts in writing from The New School. She lives in New York City.