Before you start, don’t forget that tomatoes need to be supported by a trellis. Go to our gardening article on how to grow tomates for more information.

Which tomatoes are tastiest?

Heirloom varieties produce fruit early in the season and often, and I bet you’ll find them tastier and more disease resistant. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Amish paste: (15-kilogram yield) large red fruit; good for paste and sauce.
  • Beams yellow pear: (two-kilogram yield) small, sweet, yellow pear-shaped fruit.
  • Black krim: (seven-kilogram yield) medium to large; delicious dark flesh.
  • Black Russian: (seven-kilogram yield) charcoal-coloured fruit; great in salads.
  • Broad ripple yellow currant: (seven-kilogram yield) small and sweet fruit.
  • Green zebra: (13-kilogram yield) medium yellow fruit; great for salads.
  • Mortgage lifter: (16-kilogram yield) good sliced fresh.
  • Roma: (eight-kilogram yield) egg-shaped red fruit; great for sun drying and sauces.
  • Sweet bite: Long clusters of red cherry tomatoes; perfect for ratatouille.
  • Tom tumbler: (six-kilogram yield) red truss; best for hanging baskets and pots; no staking required.
  • Tommy toe: (11-kilogram yield), medium red fruit; best flavour; good for salads.
  • White snowball: (eight-kilogram yield) white fruit; good for preserves.
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