Heirloom. Developed in 1923, this is a red, beefsteak-like, excellent sandwich tomato. Disease resistant. Indeterminate. 8-12 oz. 105 days.
Heirloom. This open-pollinated beefsteak is light orange, fluted, with intense flavor. Indeterminate. 1-2 lb. 85-90 days.
Heirloom. This variety produces paste-type fruit with an oblong oxheart shape. Indeterminate. 8 oz. 85 days.
Heirloom. Large, juicy pinkish-red oxheart-shaped tomatoes consistently weigh 1 lb. or just under. Flavor is superb. Indeterminate. 12-16 oz. 70 days.
Aunt Ruby’s German Green
Heirloom. The green fruit become amber tinged when fully ripe. Slices are lime green, resembling a sliced kiwi. Fruits are 5 inches by 4 inches and many weigh more than a pound. Indeterminate. 80 days.
Heirloom. Prolific and long-season plum tomato that ripens to a golden yellow with pale stripes, averaging 1.5-inch wide by 4-inch long. Sweet fruity flavors. Great for slicing into salads. Good low-acid sauce tomato. Determinate. 3-5 oz. 75 days.
All-America Selections. Hybrid. Beefsteaks produce large, meaty fruit bursting with juice and rich flavor. The fruit is perfect for slicing on sandwiches. Disease resistant. Indeterminate. 14-24 oz. 90 days.
Belgian Giant/Giant Belgian
Heirloom. Plant produces good yields of large, dark pink beefsteak tomatoes. It earns its name “giant” because some have grown to 4 pounds! Tomatoes are very sweet, meaty, and turn dark pink when mature. A low-acid tomato that is excellent for salads, sandwiches, and canning. So huge you only need one slice per sandwich. Indeterminate. 1-2 lb. 88 days.
Berkeley Tie Dye
Hybrid. The vivid, rosy-blushed fruit has iridescent, green skin with sunny yellow streaks and an interior that is a fascinating kaleidoscope of green with trails of red and yellow. Indeterminate. 8-12 oz. 75-80 days.
Better Bush VFN
Hybrid. Perfect for large containers or small gardens. Compact plants grow only 3 to 4 ft. tall with an upright habit, so staking is minimal. Indeterminate. 8 oz. 68 days.
Hybrid. One of the only round, black cherries available with a characteristic dark purplish color. One-inch fruits average 1-1 1/2 oz. Indeterminate. 65-70 days.
Black from Tula
Heirloom. Highlights the rich, full flavor and juiciness characteristic of Russian tomatoes. Great for slicing and canning. Indeterminate. 14 oz. 75-85 days.
Heirloom. Large, dark red-purple fruit of Russian type. Sweet, full flavor. Indeterminate. 8-12 oz. 80 days.
Heirloom. Originating from the region of Siberia, it sets fruit well in cool climates. The small, dark-red, slightly pear-shaped fruits begin maturing a little more than 2 months after planting. Yields from 25 to 40 pounds of tomatoes per plant over a 3-month harvest season. Indeterminate. 3-5 oz. 70-90 days.
Box Car Willie
Heirloom. Prolific producer of reddish-orange fruits averaging. The fruit is crack-free and good for canning or in cooking. Disease resistant. Indeterminate. 10 to 16 oz. 80 days.
Heirloom. Potato leaf. Produces 3-inch, deep mahogany fruit with strong flavor of sweetness and acidity. Plant does well even in cold, damp weather. Has produced as much as 40 pounds of fruit from a single plant! Indeterminate. 12-16 oz. 80-90 days.
Heirloom. Potato leaf. This popular beefsteak-sized, Amish tomato produces rosy pink fruits loaded with an old-fashioned tomato taste, round shape with a smooth skin. It is considered one of the benchmarks for intense tomato flavor. The vines are vigorous and require tall cages. Vines yield tomatoes that ripen gradually until frost. Indeterminate. 9-16 oz. 80-100 days.
Heirloom. Potato leaf. A beefsteak tomato with great taste—flavorful but not acidic. Indeterminate. 1-2 lbs. 80-100 days.
Hybrid. This plant is perfect for small gardens or containers, as it grows to just 24 inches tall, but it produces early, abundant yields of flavorful, medium-sized fruit. Good disease resistance. Determinate. 6-8 oz. 65 days.
Bush Early Girl
Compact hybrid plants grow to just 24″ tall, producing extra-early yields of big, 6 to 8 oz. fruits. Determinate. 54 days.
All-America Selections. Hybrid. This currant-type red tomato is smaller than most cherry tomatoes, making it the perfect size to just pop in your mouth! The bite-size fruit is only 1/2 inch wide, but it packs a rich, very sweet flavor. It sets its fruit in long clusters and production is heavy and lasts all season. Indeterminate. ¼ oz. 55 days.
Heirloom. The fruit are smooth and beautiful, being one of the darkest and prettiest of the purple types. Indeterminate. 10 oz. 90 days.
Hybrid. Very flavorful, golden-yellow fruit that is firm, sweet, and low in acidity. This variety was developed for hot regions and high elevation, but it grows well everywhere. Tomatoes ripen uniformly on vigorous, widely adaptable plants. Disease resistant. Determinate. 8-10 oz. 75 days
Heirloom. Large, pink beefsteak fruits that are juicy and sweet. Comparable to Brandywine. Indeterminate. 10-12 oz. 80 days.
Chef’s Choice Green
All-America Selections. Hybrid. Tangy flavor hybrid produces a Bright yellow-green fruit with tangy flavor. Indeterminate. 9-10 oz. 90 days.
Hybrid. Large beefsteak-type fruits deliver a rich, robust flavor perfect for sandwiches, salsa, sauces or simply eating alone. A cross of Cherokee Purple and Carbon. Indeterminate. 10-12 oz. 75-80 days.
Heirloom. A stabilized version of Cherokee Purple, this mahogany-colored variety has excellent flavor and beautiful large fruit. Indeterminate. 10-14 oz. 75 days.
Heirloom. Uniquely colored dusty rose-brown fruits. Ranks high in taste tests. Indeterminate. 8-12 oz. 75-90 days.
Cocktail Red Racer
All-America Selections. Heirloom. Cocktail tomatoes with a good acid/sugar balance. Compact plants yield about 70 fruits. Determinant. 1.5 oz. 57 days.
Hybrid. Large A beautiful tomato with golden yellow and red stripes. A stabilized cross between Green Zebra and Marvel Stripe. Indeterminate. 1 lb. 85-90 days.
Heirloom. Oddly shaped tomato that is intensely flavorful and looks great when sliced. Good for tomato juice. Deep red fruit with orange shoulders that are squat and so ribbed they’re nearly pleated. Indeterminate. 6-8 oz. 85 days.
Early Girl, VFF
Hybrid. Early slicing tomato. Solid fruit with good disease resistance. Indeterminate. 4-6 oz. 52 days.
All-America Selections. Hybrid. If you are looking for a tiny yellow cherry tomato, this is it. The fruit has pale yellow translucent skin with a sweet, mildly acid flavor. The fruit is about 1 inch and the skin is not prone to splitting. Plant is prolific—with up to 500 fruits over the season—with good disease resistance. Indeterminate. 1/2 oz. 80 days.
Heirloom. Grape-like, red, 3/4 inch fruits in clusters of 6 to 12. Sugar-sweet fruit that is crack resistant and bears until frost. Hardy vines require staking or caging. Indeterminate. 1 oz. 80 days.
Heirloom. Large, beefsteak-shaped, dark pink juicy fruits. Excellent yields of crack-free fruits. Indeterminate. 1-2 pounds. 85 days.
German Johnson Pink
Heirloom. Under the pinkish-red skin is a nearly seedless meaty tomato. The large-lobed fruits are a favorite variety for slicing or canning. The disease-resistant vines thrive in hot, humid areas. Indeterminate. 12-24 oz. 85 days.
Hybrid. This tomato is a beautiful chartreuse with deep lime-green stripes. Flesh is bright green, 2 inches in diameter, and very rich tasting, sweet with a sharp bite. This is the tomato called “the Green Bay Packers’ tomato,” as it reflects the team’s green and gold stripes. Indeterminate. 3 oz. 75 days.
Heirloom. Reportedly packed with 50 percent more of the antioxidant lycopene than other tomatoes. Strongly disease resistant, particularly to Spotted Wilt. Saladette. Determinate. 4 oz. 72 days.
Heirloom. Produces good yields of large 2 lb. orange-yellow beefsteak tomatoes with red and pink streaks. Very flavorful. Excellent for salads and sandwiches. Indeterminate. 85 days.
Heirloom. Oxheart tomatoes have been popular for generations because of their excellent taste and meaty flesh with very few seeds. Hungarian Heart tomatoes are large, pink heart-shaped tomatoes with excellent flavor. Indeterminate. 1 lb. 85 days.
Isis Candy Cherry
Its golden-yellow fruit, marbled with red, contains a complex blend of richness, sweetness, and fruitiness. The plants are loaded with 1.5-inch fruit on short trusses in double rows of 6 to 8. Season-long production. Indeterminate. 1 oz. 65-75 days.
Heirloom. This is a tapered, red, banana-shaped 4-6-inch paste tomato. Very meaty and sweet with few seeds—great for sauces, salsas, or even eating fresh. Color is a gorgeous bright red and yield is impressive. Indeterminate. 6-8 oz. 90 days.
Hybrid (VF). Prolific producer of big, globe-shaped fruits that ripen all the way through. Excellent flavor with low acidity. Nice, compact habit. Indeterminate. 8-9 oz. 72 days.
All-America Selections. Hybrid. Famous for yielding the first elongated, grape-like fruits that do not crack. Looks like a miniature Italian plum tomato but it is juicy and sweet. Clusters of unusual, sweet-flavored fruits cling to the vine longer than any other cherry tomato and resist cracking. It is not unusual to find 50 to 80 tomatoes at once on the plant. Vigorous and can bear fruit into autumn. Indeterminate. 1/2 oz. 60 days.
Heirloom. KC-146 (also known as Campbell’s 146) was developed in Riverton, NJ, by Campbell’s tomato breeder George B. Reynard and released in 1956. This variety is wilt-resistant, crack-resistant, and better flavored than other processing types. Semi-determinate. 9 oz. 69-80 days.
Heirloom. This medium-sized red, globe-shaped tomato is a home gardener favorite. It is a disease, crack, and humidity resistant variety that produces a heavy yield of fruit. Great for sauces and canning, as most of the thick-walled fruit ripens at the same time. Determinate. 7-10 oz. 75 days.
All-America Selections. Hybrid. The improved taste of this indigo-type cherry tomato combined with its high levels of anthocyanin pigments make this the perfect healthy snack. The 1.5-inch red fruit blushed with purple-black is ready to enjoy straight from the vine or in your favorite salad. Indeterminate. 1 oz. 65-70 days.
Missouri Pink Love Apple
Heirloom. A big, pink, wonderfully flavored tomato that is a great producer. Grown in the Ozarks since the civil war, this tomato has stood the test of time. Indeterminate. 12-16 oz. 75-85 days.
Hybrid. An early season tomato grown by Jersey farmers since the 1960s. Seed was off the market for a few years and Rutgers NJAES worked with Harris Seeds and Eastern Seed Services to bring it back. Indeterminate. 8 oz. 70 days.
Heirloom. Smooth, pink fruit have a delicious, rich, sweet taste. Saved by M.C. Byles in West Virginia, who sold plants for $1.00 in 1940 and paid off his mortgage. Indeterminate. 1 lb. 85 days.
All-America Selections. Heirloom. This new pink tomato produces beefsteak-type fruit with minimal seeds and a sweet taste. It is disease resistant, a heavy producer, and grows well in cooler climates. Indeterminate. 12-14 oz. 75 days.
Heirloom. Mr. Stripey’s mild, sweet-tasting fruits have a high sugar content. Yellow covered with pinkish-red striping. Indeterminate. 1 lb. or more. 80 days.
Heirloom. Huge, pink fruit from Lebanon with a superb flavor with a sweet tomato taste. Good yields on vigorous plants, good tolerance to disease;. Indeterminate. 2-4 lbs. 80 days.
Patio Choice, Yellow
Hybrid. This plant is excellent for containers and small gardens. It bears prolific amounts of tomatoes on strong, compact plants that grow only 2 feet tall. Determinate. 3-4 oz. 70 days.
Patio Choice Yellow
All-America Selections. Great for containers. Eye-catching bright yellow fruits are as attractive to look at as they are to eat! Small, cascading plants are prolific yielders of delicious cherry-sized fruits. Great for snacking, salads, or for adding a pop of color to your favorite recipes. Determinate. 2 oz. 50-60 days.
Heirloom. This tomato’s amazing flavor has a distinctive, sweet, and smoky flavor. Originating from Russia, the fruit are a black-brick color. Named in honor of the famous opera singer and Rutgers alumni who stood up to the infamous McCarthy committee in the 1950s. Indeterminate. 7-10 oz. 90 days.
Heirloom. Beefsteak-type golden-orange fruit with low acidity. Indeterminate. 1-2 lbs. 80 days.
Heirloom. Huge, meaty, red-and-yellow streaked tomatoes with outer ribs that resemble the pineapple’s exterior. Taste is mildly sweet with low acid. Indeterminate. 1 lb. 90 days.
Pink Berkeley Tie Dye
Hybrid. When you cut into this dark red with green stripes tomato you will find pink flesh with yellow streaks that is sweet and a bit spicy. While complicated looking, it is easy to grow. It produces a meaty, beefsteak-type fruit that can be used on sandwiches. Indeterminate. 8-12 oz. 65-75 days.
Hybrid. This very yellow tomato starts with green stripes that turn to gold when ripe. Its slightly flattened, beefsteak fruits have sweet tomato flavor with a hint of citrus. Indeterminate. 8-10 oz. 75 days.
Heirloom. Dark purple to black, oblong-shaped tomatoes around 4 inches long. High yields. Indeterminate. 6 oz. 80 days.
Hybrid. Developed at Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) and released in 1968. Ramapo seed was unavailable for many years, but it is back! Semi-determinate. 8-12 oz. 80 days.
Hybrid. Named after the fairy tale character, due to the unique and long cascading trusses carrying up to 40 fruits that keep coming all summer long. Very flavorful, bright red cherry tomatoes make the perfect addition to salads and veggie trays. Indeterminate. 3/4-1 oz. 65-70 days.
Red Cherry Large
Hybrid. If you are looking for the taste of a large tomato in a cherry, this is the plant for you. This high-yielding plant sets fruit in deep red clusters of five. It is disease and heat tolerant and easy to grow. 72 days. 1 oz. Indeterminate.
Hybrid. A cross between Brandywine and Rutgers, it produces good yields of delicious dark pink medium-sized fruit. Its disease and crack resistance are inherited from the Rutgers, and the tomato’s taste and texture is more like that of Brandywine. Indeterminate. 6-10 oz. 85 days.
All-America Selections. Hybrid. Red Torch is a prolific, red/yellow striped oblong with 1.5-inch fruits. This large cherry tomato ripens quickly, has great flavor, and can produce more than 100 fruit over the season. It is heat tolerant. Indeterminate. 1.5 oz. 60-70 days.
Heirloom. This 3-inch tomato is a very popular variety for paste, sauce, and canning. Compact vines can be grown in containers, yielding large harvests of pear-shaped, bright red fruit that is thick walled and solid, with few seeds and good flavor. Determinate. 4-6 oz. 78 days.
Heirloom. This Amish favorite produces large, crack resistant fruits that are meaty and dusty rose colored. Flavor is excellent and is considered by some to rival Brandywine. Indeterminate. 10 oz. 75-80 days.
Heirloom. This highly productive plant yields fruit that is good for canning, with good fresh in large red globes. This classic tomato has been used to breed many successful hybrids. Determinate. 7-8-oz. 75 days.
Rutgers Space Select
Hybrid. As part of a scientific study, NASA launched seeds of the famous Rutgers tomato into space in the spring of 1984. The seed orbited Earth on the Long Duration Exposure Facility for nearly six years, and today’s plants are direct descendants of those experimental seeds. Beautiful, 2-2.5 inch, medium-sized slicers have a rich, robust, out of this world, tomatoey flavor and well-balanced texture. Plants produced well into the cooler days of early fall. Semi-determinate. 5-8 oz. 75 days.
Hybrid. This plant, the latest of the Rutgers tomatoes, produces bright red fruits with heavy walls that ripen evenly from inside out. An all-purpose variety that is ideal for canning. Disease resistant. A return of the taste of the original Rutgers tomato of 1934. Semi-determinate. 7 oz. 74 days.
Heirloom. This paste tomato arrives later than the Roma, but it is full of superb flavor in slightly rectangular-shaped fruits, 3.5 inch x 1.5 inch, that are bright red and hang in large clusters. Good for sauces and canning. Indeterminate. 4 oz. 85 days.
San Marzano Lampadina
Heirloom. An Italian standard for sauce and paste, this open-pollinated plant is a heavy producer. The fruit are long and fleshy with few seeds. Given its low water content, the fruit keep well after picking. Indeterminate. 4-8 oz. 75-85 days.
Hybrid. Exceptionally sweet, bright tangerine-orange cherry tomatoes leave customers begging for more. Vigorous plants start yielding early and bear right through the season. Tendency to split precludes shipping, making these an exclusively fresh-market treat. The taste cannot be beat. Indeterminate. 1/2 oz. 55-65 days.
Hybrid. Golden cherry, orange at their peak. Very prolific producer, with less cracking than other cherries. Indeterminate. 1/2 oz. 75 days.
Hybrid. Beefsteak-type tomatoes that are solid, meaty, and smooth skinned. VFN resistant and produces well into cooler weather. Indeterminate. 10 oz. 70 days.
Super Sweet 100 VF
Hybrid. As the name implies, these are very tasty cherry tomatoes that grow in long clusters. The tall, vigorous plants continue to bear until frost. Indeterminate. 1 oz. 65 days.
Hybrid. Very sweet red cherry (brix 13) tomato from England—even sweeter than Sun Gold and Sun Sugar. Open pollinated. Indeterminate. 1/2 oz. 80 days.
Sweet ’n Neat
Hybrid. This red, round, cherry tomato is prolific, setting masses of fruit in grape-like clusters. It is a dwarf variety that can be grown in the garden or containers. Determinate. 3/4 to 1 oz. 50-60 days.
Heirloom. Tasty 2-inch round fruits are bright red with orange stripes. The yields are high even in cool summers, and it starts producing very early. It also has good disease resistance. Indeterminate. 6 oz. 55-75 days.
Hybrid. Petite, tapered 1″ fruits that resemble strawberries with more juice than some cherry tomatoes. Indeterminate. 2 oz. 60-70 days.
Tumbling Tom Red
Hybrid. Red tomato cascades to 20″ or more, ideal for hanging baskets, 1-2″ fruits. Determinate. 1 oz. 70 days.
Tumbling Tom Yellow
Hybrid. Yellow tomato cascades to 20″ or more, ideal for hanging baskets, 1-2″ fruits. Determinate. 1 oz. 70 days.
Heirloom. This 2018 AAS Edible-Vegetable winner is very sweet (Brix of 7-9) and will hold longer on the vine without cracking or losing the excellent eating quality. Pick when dark read. Prolific 1.5 inch grape shape. Indeterminate. 3/4 oz. 55 days.
Hybrid. This sweet paste-type tomato is perfect for canning, cooking, or freezing. Excellent for salsa, soup, ketchup, and sauces, and it is disease resistant. It is easy to grow and a good producer. Determinate. 6-8 oz. 72 days.
Heirloom. These “peach” tomatoes have a light fuzz similar to a peach but produce creamy yellow, 2-inch fruits. Indeterminate. 2-4 oz. 80 days.
Heirloom. This early ripener was first offered in Junge’s 1921 catalog. The red flesh is solid with true tomato flavor. One of the finest for juice. Determinate. 8 oz. 63 days.
Heirloom. Cream-colored fruit that is bursting with fragrance and taste. Heavy yield. Indeterminate. 8 oz. 80 days.
Heirloom. Loaded with hundreds of small, 1-2 inch yellow pear-shaped fruit, this old-time favorite could have been found in Grandma’s garden. Indeterminate. 1 oz. 75-80 days.
Glossary of Terms
All-America Selections (AAS):
All-America Selections is the oldest, independent testing organization of flower and edible varieties in North America. Plants are judged in impartial trials, and an AAS winner designates superior garden performance.
Misshapen, deformed fruit, caused by incomplete pollination, usually due to cold weather.
“Bush” tomatoes, varieties that grow to a compact height (generally 3′-4′). Determinates stop growing when fruit sets on the top bud. All the tomatoes from the plant ripen at approximately the same time (usually over period of 1- 2 weeks). They require a limited amount of staking for support and are well suited for container planting.
An open-pollinated tomato that has been grown without crossbreeding for 40 or more years whose seed grows “true to type.”
A controlled method of pollination in which the pollen of two different species or varieties is crossed by human intervention, producing first generation offspring of two distant and distinct parental lines; any seed produced by F1 plants is genetically unstable and cannot be saved for use in following years.
“Climbing” tomatoes that will grow and produce fruit until killed by frost. They can reach heights of up to 12 feet although 6 feet is normal. Indeterminates will bloom, set new fruit, and ripen fruit all at the same time throughout the season. They require substantial staking for support.
Pollen is carried by natural mechanisms, like bees or wind. As long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI):
An organization that developed and maintains a mechanism through which plant breeders can designate the new crop varieties they have bred as open source. This mechanism is advanced as an alternative to patent-protected seeds sold by large agriculture companies such as Monsanto or DuPont.
Potato Leaf (PL):
Leaves usually have no or few interruptions of the leaf edge. Sometimes there are a few large lobes or notches, but most of the time the leaf edge is smooth.
An often darker green puckered surfaced leaf.
Resistant to Verticillium Wilt (V), Fusarium Wilt (F), and nematodes (N).