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27 Types of Tomatoes: Unique Varieties to Try Next Growing Season

Tomatoes are easy to start from seed and grow easily in most climates. There are different varieties of tomatoes out there for nearly every garden or desire.

So long as you prepare the soil correctly and are ready to deal with common pests then you should get a large crop of tomatoes.

The only thing you need to know is the variety of tomatoes. They are some of the easiest plants to grow for a beginner gardener and make an excellent introduction to organic gardening.

This tomato type list features only heirloom tomato varieties since most of what you’ll see at your average garden store are hybrids, and you’re here for something different.

With this in mind, enjoy the list.

1. Egg Tomato

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

As the name suggests, the egg tomato produces egg-sized and shaped fruit. The fruit is firm and keeps well.

It does well in more growing conditions, so if you have had tomatoes fail before, this might be the type for you. It takes 75 days all the average to mature.

Purchase Egg tomato seeds online.

2. Ace 55

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Type: Determinate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Ace 55 is an heirloom variety. It is a determinate tomato, and it should grow to about 3 to 4 ft. As such, it will likely need some support to ease harvesting.

It is a low acid variety, and it looks the closest to your standard supermarket tomato.

These tomato types produce a medium-sized fruit that is best for eating fresh. Maturity takes 80 days.

Purchase Ace 55 seeds online.

3. Beefsteak

Beefsteak tomato - Types of Tomatoes (Varieties)Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

Beefsteak is one of the most familiar types of heirloom to the average consumer. These tomatoes can grow up to 2 pounds.

They are large, meaty, and best eaten sliced in sandwiches, salads, or similar dishes. They take 85 days to mature.

Due to their size, they require staking, a trellis, or caging. There are different types of beefsteak tomatoes out there. Find the standard variety in pink, yellow, or Ponderosa red.

Purchase Beefsteak tomato seeds online.

4. Big Rainbow

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Big Rainbow is a classic heirloom tomato variety, characterized by its large multicolored fruit.

Like the Beefsteak, it produces large fruit that can be over 2 pounds.

It has the classic heirloom taste that many gardeners are looking for. This one takes 80 to 85 days to mature.

Purchase Big Rainbow seeds online.

5. Black Krim

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Black Krim is a beefsteak tomato from the Black Sea region of Russia. It has a striking red black exterior and a red-green interior.

This variety is very sweet and is best eaten off the vine or in salads and sandwiches. It takes 75 to 80 days to mature.

If you are looking for a gourmet tomato that will impress your guests this is the one for you.

Purchase Black Krim seeds online.

6. Brandywine

Brandywine tomato - Types of Tomatoes (Varieties)Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Brandywine is among the “tomatoes types” that can be considered a beefsteak variety. They can be found in both pink and yellow colors.

Pink varieties are slightly larger, with them growing up to 1 pound versus the yellow variety, which tends to top out at 12 ounces.

Both have excellent flavor, smooth flesh, and a soft texture. They also mature in 90 days, making them one of the slowest varieties on this list.

Purchase Brandywine seeds online.

7. Calypso

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Calypso tomato is a classic heirloom. It does well in humid climates. The tomatoes are 6 to 8 oz. when mature.

These make a good replacement for your standard supermarket tomato.

These tomatoes are some of the best for canning and freezing. They’re easy to grow and mature and 85 days.

Purchase Calypso seeds online.

8. Caribe

Caribe tomato - Types of Tomatoes (Varieties)Type: Determinate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Caribe is another that makes the determinate list. It is one of the best for growing in containers and tight spaces.

It produces a very compact plant that will grow 8 oz. tomatoes. It does well in both dry and humid climates. It takes 85 days to mature.

Purchase Caribe seeds online.

9. Cherokee Purple

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Cherokee Purple is one of the oldest of all of the tomato plant varieties. It produces fruit that varies between 6 and 12 ounces in final weight.

The fruit is a deep purplish-pink when mature. It is an extremely flavorful variety.

It takes an average of 90 days to mature, making it one of the longest in this list.

Purchase Cherokee Purple seeds online.

10. Cherry

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The cherry tomato is another variety that should be familiar to your average consumer.

However, you can get them in many more colors than the standard red if you grow them yourself.

For instance, the white and chocolate colors are resistant to cracking very sweet and 1 inch in diameter. They take 75 days to mature on average.

Black cherry tomatoes, however, are smaller at only half an inch and only take 65 days to mature.

They’re all sweet, however, and growing multiple colors can make for some impressive culinary creations.

The plants are all very high yield though so be careful you do not end up with an entire fridge full of cherry tomatoes.

Purchase Cherry tomato seeds online.

11. Creole

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Creole is a smooth, glossy tomato. It is a high-quality, delicious tomato.

This type is heat tolerant as well so if you live in a hot area this is the variety for you. It takes 70 days to mature.

Purchase Creole tomato seeds online or you can probably find creole tomato plants for sale at a local gardening store.

12. Golden Sunray

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Golden Sunray produces large yellow fruit. It has meaty flesh and a great flavor that makes it perfect for salads and sauce making.

It is a great variety for those who want to sell at farmer’s markets thanks to their large size, impressive looks, and versatile uses.

They take between 75 and 80 days to mature.

Purchase Golden Sunray seeds online.

13. Green Grape

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The green grape is truly unique out of the different kinds of tomatoes.

When mature, they stay green, making them a strong addition to many culinary creations or a wonderful base for green ketchup.

They grow in clusters of 6 to 8 tomatoes. If you’re looking for unusual varieties to plant this growing season, this is an excellent choice. They take 70 days to mature.

Purchase Green Grape tomato seeds online.

14. Green Striped Zebra

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Type: Semi-Determinate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Green Striped Zebra is another variety that stays green when mature.

However, these average 3 ounces per fruit and have a rather striking striped look.

They are great for a variety of uses, from salads and snacking to sandwiches and even pickling. They take 75 to 80 days to reach maturity.

Purchase Green Striped Zebra seeds online.

15. Heritage Rainbow Mix 

Heritage Rainbow Mix tomatoesType:  Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:  

Do you want to grow a beefsteak tomato but don’t know which one to pick? A mix like the Heritage Rainbow Mix could be for you.

You get a variety all selected for bright, vibrant colors. You’ll get a good mix of sizes, shapes, and flavor profiles with one mix.

These take between 80 and 90 days to mature depending on the plant.

Purchase Heritage Rainbow Mix seeds online.

16. Jubilee

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Jubilee is a yellow, low-acid tomato. They have a meaty texture and high levels of Vitamin A and C.

They have a high yield, are easy to grow, and do well in many growing areas. Maturity takes 75 to 80 days.

Purchase Jubilee seeds online.

17. Mortgage Lifter

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Mortgage Lifter is a very large beefsteak type that can grow up to 2 pounds.

They have a rich flavor and turn a deep pink color if left to ripen on the vine.

This variety comes from West Virginia and is easy to grow. Maturity takes 70 days.

Purchase Mortgage Lifter seeds online.

18. Mr. Stripey

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

This is a great choice if you’re in the market for low acidity tomatoes.

You can expect high yields of red tomatoes with yellow stripes. Mr. Stripey is one of the best varieties for salads. Maturity takes between 775 and 80 days.

Purchase Mr. Stripey seeds online.

19. Oxheart

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Oxheart is a variety named for the beautiful heart shape of the fruit.

They make a truly stunning addition to sandwiches, salads, and other dishes, thanks to that unique shape.

You can get them in pink, orange, and yellow varieties. All of them share a lovely shape, a meaty texture, and delicious flavor.

All colors take 90 days to reach maturity.

Purchase Oxheart seeds online.

20. Pear

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Pear tomato is a nice variety if you’re looking to make sauces or to can your crops.

They grow in clusters and are shaped like their namesake.

They come in both red and yellow varieties. Maturity takes 75 days no matter the color you pick.

Purchase Pear tomato seeds online.

21. Pineapple Tomato

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Pineapple is another one to consider if you’re looking for massive tomatoes.

The fruit can grow up to 2 pounds and will be striped-yellow and red both inside and out.

They can produce all season long as well. Maturity takes 80 to 90 days.

Purchase Pineapple tomato seeds online.

22. Rio Grande

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 Type: Determinate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Rio Grande is a great choice if your area experiences large temperature fluctuations during the growing season.

It can tolerate hot days and cold nights, as well as extreme temperatures.

Each plant is large and yields high amounts of large, red tomatoes. Maturity takes between 75 and 80 days.

Purchase Rio Grande seeds online.

23. Rutgers

Rutgers Lycopersicon lycopersicumType: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Rutgers variety is another good replacement for your standard supermarket variety.

Vigorous vines produce high yields of medium-small, bright red tomatoes.

The tomatoes themselves are versatile, good for cooking, canning, and paste. Maturity takes 80 days on average.

Purchase Rutgers seeds online.

24. San Marzano

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 Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The San Marzano is your classic Italian tomato. If you’re looking to grow tomatoes for marinara, Bolognese, or other classic Italian dishes, this is the one for you.

Each tomato will be about 3 ½ inches in length and red when fully mature. Maturity takes 85 days with this variety.

Purchase San Marzano seeds online.

25. Tigerella

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Type: Indeterminate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

The Tigerella is a beautiful red and orange striped tomato that tends to grow to around supermarket size.

They have a rich, tangy flavor, produce high yields, and can be classified as “weird tomato varieties” because of how they look. Tigerella plants also mature up to 3 weeks before many other types of tomatoes.

They’re very hardy to outdoor conditions and grow in most locations in the United States. Maturity takes between 50 and 60 days.

Purchase Tigerella seeds online.

26. Tiny Tim

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Type: Determinate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

Tiny Tim is one of the best types of small tomatoes to grow in containers.

The plant itself stays small and compact and produces fruit that is between ¾ and 1 inch in diameter when mature.

It reaches a maximum height of 12 inches and doesn’t require staking. If all you have is a windowsill, you can grow the Tiny Tim.

Maturity takes only 45 days, meaning you’ll get your delicious harvest faster.

Purchase Tiny Tim seeds online.

27. VR Moscow

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Type: Determinate

Variety: Heirloom

Characteristics:

Among the different determinate heirloom varieties, VRM is an excellent choice if you’re looking for classic tomato flavor. The fruit is large, between 3 and 4 inches on average.

It is also thick-walled, making for an excellent slicing tomato. Maturity takes 80 days.

Purchase VR Moscow seeds online.

Determinate vs. Indeterminate

There are two types of tomato plants — determinate and indeterminate.

Determinate tomatoes have blossoms on the end of the vine and all of their tomatoes ripen at once generally speaking.

Indeterminate varieties have flowers growing all the way down the vine.

Indeterminate will normally require stakes, a trellis, or a cage as they continue to grow and produce for as long as your growing season lasts.

Heirloom vs. Hybrid

For organic gardeners, the varieties of tomato they will consider are either hybrids or heirloom.

Heirloom tomatoes are old breeds that have been bred for generations.

Hybrids are crossbred to try to combine the best features of the parent plants.

Takeaway 

Now that you have seen some unusual options, make sure you consider your space, soil, weather, and intended uses when deciding on which varieties to add to your garden.

There are unique tomatoes for any climate on this list. Pick the right ones and you’ll have more delicious, organic tomatoes than you know what to do with.

Sasha Brown

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