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4 favorite heirloom tomatoes

By: Brie Arthur
Tomato guru Brie Arthur shares four of her favorite heirloom tomatoes. They produce lots of fruit, add color to your garden and plate, and taste delicious!

Ready to stretch your garden beyond the traditional red tomato? Try a few of these beautiful and delicious heirloom tomatoes. I’ll show you what I love about each one and let you know how I like to use them in the kitchen. The range of flavors, colors, sizes and shapes is amazing!

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Cream Sausage tomato

My all-time favorite tomato because it has a sweet flavor and an abundant harvest. The plants are perfectly sized for small spaces, growing as a semi-determinate, which means it grows only 3 to 4 ft. tall (perfect for a traditional cage) and continues to set flowers and fruit all summer!

In the Kitchen: It is delicious sliced, eaten raw or converted into sauce.

Dr. Wyches Yellow tomato

If you want to impress everyone in your life, this is the tomato to show off. The bright yellow fruits are enormous- generally weighing over 1 lb. each!

In the Kitchen: It has a fresh, citruslike flavor and is great for sandwiches. I also really like to process this and extract the juice to serve shockingly yellow bloody Marys at brunch!

Black Krim tomato

My favorite purple variety because it consistently grows well and sets a lot of fruit that I can harvest all summer long. The plants can get big and leggy (at least 5 or 6 ft. tall), but I promise the flavor is worth it!

In the kitchen: This is perfect for a tomato sandwich or juiced for a richly colored bloody mary.

Green Zebra tomato

Few heirloom tomatoes can match Green Zebra for productivity. Frequently setting "batches" of fruit, this green striped fruit will show a tinge of orange when fully ripe. Plants grow 3 to 4 ft. tall.

Great for: Large harvests throughout the season.

Cream Sausage tomato

My all-time favorite tomato because it has a sweet flavor and an abundant harvest. The plants are perfectly sized for small spaces, growing as a semi-determinate, which means it grows only 3 to 4 ft. tall (perfect for a traditional cage) and continues to set flowers and fruit all summer!

In the Kitchen: It is delicious sliced, eaten raw or converted into sauce.

Black Krim tomato

My favorite purple variety because it consistently grows well and sets a lot of fruit that I can harvest all summer long. The plants can get big and leggy (at least 5 or 6 ft. tall), but I promise the flavor is worth it!

In the kitchen: This is perfect for a tomato sandwich or juiced for a richly colored bloody mary.

Dr. Wyches Yellow tomato

If you want to impress everyone in your life, this is the tomato to show off. The bright yellow fruits are enormous- generally weighing over 1 lb. each!

In the Kitchen: It has a fresh, citruslike flavor and is great for sandwiches. I also really like to process this and extract the juice to serve shockingly yellow bloody Marys at brunch!

Green Zebra tomato

Few heirloom tomatoes can match Green Zebra for productivity. Frequently setting "batches" of fruit, this green striped fruit will show a tinge of orange when fully ripe. Plants grow 3 to 4 ft. tall.

Great for: Large harvests throughout the season.


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