Types of tomatoes
Although there are more than 15,000 varieties of tomatoes, these are a few favourites that we tend to see the most.
Beefsteak. These juicy tomatoes are exactly what they sound like. BIG! They are our go-tos for the BLT and great on their own with a little salt and pepper. Due to their high-water content these may not, however, be the best for cooking.
Plum (Roma). This Italian variety has a high pectin content which makes them the best for cooking. They have thin skins, a lower water content and very few seeds. Their low moisture content also gives them extended fresh storage time.
Cherry. A favourite of kids, these little delights look good and taste great in salads. They are extra sweet with thin skins and make your vegetable tray fun and tasty. If you are growing tomatoes for the first time these are a great way to start. Heirloom. Passed down through families and neighbours for genera- tions because of their valued characteristics, these tomatoes come in a huge variety of sizes and colours but tend to have the best tomato flavour of any variety. An heirloom tomato can’t contain any genetically modified organisms and is bred with open-air pollination.
On the Vine. These hothouse tomatoes are grown year-round and have a very mild tomato flavour. They are sold with the stems intact so the fruit has a more pronounced tomato aroma.