30 Heirloom Tomato Varieties With the Best Flavor

Science has proven that heirloom tomatoes are far superior in flavor over their bland (and deceptively perfect-looking) supermarket counterparts.

But are certain tomatoes tastier than others? Yes—and it all has to do with the amount of sugar and acid in the fruit, along with its color.

If you want to try something new, these are my personal favorites to grow year after year, and what I consider to be the best tasting heirloom tomatoes.


Green Zebra

One of the prettier heirloom tomatoes, Green Zebra is small to medium in size and sports horizontal green stripes on a yellowish base. It hasn’t been around for that long, but its looks and rich flavor have made it an instant classic.



How pretty is this yellow-and-red marbled slicer? Toast, mayo, and a slice of ‘Pineapple’ is what summer picnic dreams are made of. And it has few seeds, so more tomato goodness to go around!


Cherokee Purple

It’s thought to have been around since the late 1800s, although it took the world by storm in the 1990s thanks to distribution by Mr. LeHouillier. Hands down, this is my absolute favorite tomato variety and one I grow every year.



Yep, if you kind of squint, you really could confuse this tomato for a beautiful bright orange persimmon fruit. This big beefsteak variety is creamy, mildly sweet and fleshy, with few seeds.


Pink German

Another big one, Pink German is one of the founding varieties for the well-known Seed Savers Exchange, which is dedicated to saving and distributing heirloom seeds. Very sweet and versatile.

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