Types of Tomatoes

Different types of tomatoes can be used to enhance the color and flavor of a dish. Leaf through this article which presents a list of various varieties of tomatoes. Also get to know which tomatoes are suitable for making tomato sauce. Scroll down...
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These days, countless varieties of tomatoes are available in market. They are classified according to the days required to ripen or according to color, size, shape and flavor. Weather, sunlight, soil and growing period play an important role in growing tomatoes indoors. Given below is a list of types of tomatoes and the time required for them to ripen.
Tomato Varieties to Grow in Your Backyard
Name of the Variety Days Needed to Mature
Airyleaf 75
Alaska 72
Al-Kuffa 70
Amish Paste 85
Ananas Noire 80
Anna Russian 65
Aunt Gertie's Gold 75
Aunt Ginny's Purple Heirloom 79
Banana Legs 75
Beauty 80
Bella Rosa 75
Better Bush 68
Big Beef VFFNTA Hybrid 73
Big Boy Hybrid 78
Black Cherry 65
Black Ethiopian 80
Black from Tula 75
Black Krim 75
Black Moor Grape 75
Black Pearl 65
Black Prince 70
Black Sea Man 75
Black Truffle 75
Black Zebra 80
Box Car Willie 80
Cherokee Purple 72
Polbig 60
Super Fantastic 70
Supersteak 80
Tomato Types
How many species of tomatoes are there? The answer is 'innumerable'. They come in various sizes and colors. The word 'tomato' creates a picture of red tomato before our eyes, but they can be yellow, purple, green and black. There can be a combination of two or more colors, and some tomatoes can even have stripes. Within each specific type and variety of tomato, there exist innumerable number of sub-types. Some of the major types of tomatoes are described below.
  • Beefsteak Tomatoes: These are big tomatoes which are used for cooking, salad decoration or for various garnishes. Normally, a beefsteak tomato weighs around one pound, but it may weigh over two pounds also!
  • Cherry Tomatoes: There are many varieties of cherry tomatoes. These tomatoes are as small as a cherry and are slightly sour in taste. They are usually added to salads, or can be eaten as such.
  • Currant Tomatoes: These are as small as a pea, and they are known for their peculiar strong flavor. They are widely used in salads. You may use them for garnishing as well. Dietitians recommend their use, as they offer more health benefits than other tomato varieties.
  • Globe Tomatoes: This is the most common variety. These are medium-sized tomatoes which are commonly used for cooking. Sliced globe tomatoes are used in hamburgers and all types of fast foods, including tomato soup recipes. You can enjoy tomato soup or salted slices with lunch or dinner.
  • Grape Tomatoes: These tomatoes are shaped like grapes. The size also matches well with grapes. They are sweeter than most other varieties, and you can add them to salads or other vegetables.
  • Pear Tomatoes: As the name suggests, they look like a pear. But they are almost like cherry tomatoes, if size is taken into consideration. They are eaten as a snack or can be used as an ingredient of a salad.
  • Plum Tomatoes: These are oblong shaped tomatoes. They are comparatively thicker than other varieties, and have less seeds. This is one of the reasons, they are considered as the best types of tomatoes for sauce. They are used to make tomato paste too. Roma is the most popular variety of plum tomatoes. This is one of the best varieties of tomatoes that is used for canning. You can grow plum tomatoes easily in containers.

Other tomato species that can be grown in containers are Better Boy, Ace, Early Girl, Pixie, Sweet 100 and Red Cherry. Summer is the season when tomatoes are abundant in the market. These days, in warmer regions, tomatoes are grown year round.