Our guide to heirloom tomatoes demonstrates just why they are known for their rainbow of colours and sweet juicy flesh.
But why are heirloom tomatoes so special? Well, if you have ever tasted an heirloom tomato, you know it is because the taste differs greatly from that of the hybrid varieties.
Heirloom Tomatoes are named so because they are passed down from one generation to another much like a treasured piece of family jewelry. They are generally at least 50 years old & come from open-pollinated plants, which means they are pollinated naturally by birds, insects, wind or human hands. They are ‘breed true’, meaning the seeds can be saved to grow more of the same tomatoes year after year. The seeds are what makes an heirloom tomato, an heirloom tomato. Each season the seeds are selected from the most desirable plants, then passed down through the generations. This process enables farmers to select for certain desirable traits like juiciness, size, shape or colour.
Our list below details the different varieties of heirloom tomatoes to choose from.