Heirloom Tomatoes: What are they?
What are heirloom tomatoes? Heirloom tomatoes are a variety of tomato that is grown from seeds that have been passed down for generations. They are not genetically modified, and they are not hybridized. Heirloom tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes, and they have a wide range of colors. They are typically more expensive than other types of tomatoes, but they taste much better. Heirloom tomatoes are not juicy like regular tomatoes, rather, they are more crisp and you can eat them like an apple.
Heirloom tomatoes have been around since the 1800s. They were brought to America by European immigrants that had been passed down for generations in their families. Heirloom tomatoes became popular in America during the Great Depression when people could not afford to buy hybridized or genetically modified tomatoes. Heirloom tomatoes are now grown all over the world, and they are becoming more popular as people learn about them.
What are some types of heirloom tomatoes?
The Legend Tomato is one of the heirloom tomatoes. It is an indeterminate tomato, which means it will continue to grow and produce fruit throughout the growing season. The Legend Tomato is a deep red color and can grow up to 12 ounces. It has a sweet flavor with just the right amount of acidity, making it a good choice for eating fresh.
The Black Krim Tomato is a Russian heirloom tomato that is a deep red color with green shoulders. But they start with a purple color before turning into the deep red color, so don't be surprised to see purple tomatoes in your garden if you decide to grow them. They are medium-sized and can grow up to about 12 ounces. The Black Krim Tomato has a very rich and earthy flavor that is perfect for salads, sandwiches, and salsa.
The Pear Tomato is a small, pear-shaped tomato that is yellow or orange in color. They are sweet and have a low acidity, which makes them perfect for eating fresh. The Pear Tomato is a good choice for growing in garden beds because they don't need a lot of space to grow.
If you have never tried an heirloom tomato, you should definitely give one a try. You will be amazed at the difference in taste, and you will probably never go back to eating regular tomatoes again. Trust me, heirloom tomatoes are worth the extra money.
Quick Tip: Chef Yair recommends making pasta sauce with these tomatoes. Make sure to remove the seeds so that your pasta sauce won't have a bitter taste to it.