There are 5 tomato varieties that are the most popular to grow. Whether you enjoy Heirloom tomatoes or small cherry tomatoes, you can find one that you love to grow.
Indeterminate tomatoes – vines bear all season and tend to need staking.
Determinate tomatoes – more compact and produce tomatoes all at once (used more for canning tomatoes when large quantities are needed at one time)
5 Most Popular Tomato Varieties
1. Grape Tomatoes. Grape Tomatoes are small, usually less than an inch long and come in red and yellow varieties. The red grape tomatoes are the most popular and one plant can feed two people all summer long.
- Hybrid, indeterminate, 60 days, brilliant red, elongated cherry tomatoes, resistance: FSA
2. Early Girl. Early Girls are grown primarily because of how many tomatoes come on one plant in a very short amount of time – only 52 days! They are small around 8oz and has light tomato taste and is excellent to cook with. Plants are pretty disease resistant and tolerant of many different types of growing environments.
Hybrid, indeterminate, 50-52 days, red, globe (8 ounces), resistance: VFF
3. Brandywine. If there was an award for the best tasting tomato, Brandywine would win it. Not surprisingly because it is an Heirloom tomato. It has a sweet, intense flavor and is awesome to eat by itself or in salads. Overwhelmingly rated the best tasting tomato ever! Brandywines are late season heirlooms and are not known for their mass production, so you might want to plant a few of these if you love this flavor.
- Heirloom, indeterminate, 69-80 days, pink, beefsteak (16+ ounces), resistance: F
4. Big Beef. This is one of the largest of the Beefsteak tomatoes and is grown primarily to sit on top of your burger. Big Beef differs from other Beafsteak varieites as it has twice as many tomatoes on the plant and matures a bit earlier too. They give the most pounds of fruit per plant of all tomato varieties.
- Hybrid, indeterminate, 73 days, red, beefsteak (10-12 ounces), resistance: VFFNTA; 1994 All-America Selections Winner
5. Green Zebra Tomato. One of the best tasting green tomatoes out there. It is sweet with a stripe skin and is full of flavor and has a lighter acid count than the red tomatoes. This tomato is perfect in salads, relishes, and perfect all on its own to pop into your mouth on a hot summer day. Green Zebra is an Heirloom too and is late season, so make sure to sow the seeds as soon as you can. You won’t want to miss out on this amazing tomato.
- Heirloom, determinate, 78 days, green, small (3 ounces)