By Heather Rhoades
It may surprise you to learn that with different tomato varieties, color is not constant. As a matter of fact, tomatoes were not always red. The tomatoes varieties that existed when tomatoes were first cultivated were yellow or orange.
Through breeding, the standard color of tomato plant varieties is now red. While red may be the predominate color among tomatoes now, that does not mean that there are not other colors of tomatoes available. Let’s look at a few.
Red Tomato Varieties
Red tomatoes are the ones that you will see most commonly. Red tomato varieties include commonly known varieties like:
- Better Boy
- Early Girl
Commonly, red tomatoes have the rich tomato flavor that we are accustomed to.
Pink Tomato Varieties
These tomatoes are just a bit less vibrant than red varieties. They include:
- Pink Brandywine
- Caspian Pink
- Thai Pinks
The flavors of these tomatoes are similar to red tomatoes.
Orange Tomato Varieties
An orange tomato variety normally has roots in older tomato plant varieties. Some orange tomatoes include:
- Hawaiian Pineapple
- Kellogg’s Breakfast
These tomatoes tend to be sweeter, almost fruit like in flavor.
Yellow Tomato Varieties
Yellow tomatoes are anywhere from a dark yellow to a light yellow color. Some varieties include:
- Yellow Stuffer
- Garden Peach
These tomato plant varieties are normally low acid and have a less tangy flavor than the tomatoes most people are use to.
White Tomato Varieties
White tomatoes are a novelty among tomatoes. Typically they are a pale, pale yellow. Some white tomatoes include:
- White Beauty
- Ghost Cherry
- White Queen
The flavor of white tomatoes tends to be bland, but they have the lowest acid of any of the tomato varieties.
Green Tomato Varieties
Normally, when we think of a green tomato, we think of a tomato that is not ripe. But there are tomatoes that ripen green. These include:
- German Green Stripe
- Green Moldovan
- Green Zebra
Green tomato variety is typically strong but lower in acid than reds.
Purple Tomato Varieties or Black Tomato Varieties
Purple or black tomatoes hold onto more of their chlorophyll than most other varieties and will, therefore, ripen to dark red with purple tops or shoulders. Tomato plant varieties include:
- Cherokee Purple
- Black Ethiopian
- Paul Robeson
Purple or blck tomatoes have a strong, robust, smoky flavor.
Tomatoes may come it a wide variety of colors, but one thing holds true. A ripe tomato from the garden, no matter the color, will beat a tomato from the store any day.