When creating our planting plan we first separated our tomatoes into categories:
Early Reds, Paste/Roma, Oxheart, Semi-Hollow/Stuffer, Storage, Icicle + Sausage, Egg + Plum, Striped/Zebra, Cherry, Currant, Pear, Grape, Beefsteak.
From there they’re broken down further into colours within each category:
White, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Red, Purple/Black, Green, Bi-Colour.
Early Reds, days to maturity under 70
Glacier, Siberian (Kolasa saved seed), Siberian, “42 Days”, Early Wonder, Pollock, Buckflats Wonder, Silvery Fir Tree, Beaver Lodge Slicer, Sophie’s Choice, Matina, Earliana, Starfire, Belii Naliv, Moskovich, Czech Select, Santiam, Northern Lights, Northern Delight, Zarnitza, Mountain Princess, Slava, Legend, Bloody Butcher, Stupice, Sunsets Red Horizon, Tartar from Mongolstan, Druzba, Buckbee’s New 50 Day, Bison, Early Orange Stripe, Early Yellow Stripe, Forme de Coeur, Sioux, Aurora, Abraham Lincoln
Roma and Paste
Red Striped Roman, Yellow Striped Roman, Speckled Roman, Orange Roma, Oroma, Maria’s Paste, Roma VF, Martino’s Roma, Illini Gold, Amish Paste, Tonnelet, Ropreco, Grandma Mary’s, Azoychka, Romana’s Ukrainian
Anna Russian, Bull’s Heart, Golden King of Siberia, Buffalo Heart
Semi-Hollow and Stuffer
Yellow Bell, Yellow Ruffled, Striped Cavern
Icicle and Sausage
Blush, Green Sausage, Cream Sausage, Black Icicle, Yellow Icicle, Pink Icicle, Orange Icicle, Pink Tiger
Egg and Plum
Russian Lime, Old Ivory Egg, Orange Plum, Plum Lemon, Black Plum, Purple Russian/Ukrainian Purple, Japanese Black Trifele, Djena Lee’s Golden Girl
Striped and Zebra
Red Zebra, Pink Vernissage, White Zebra, Green Zebra, Black Zebra, Chocolate Stripes, Violet Jasper
Alaska, Gardener’s Delight, Small Red Cherry, Matt’s Wild Cherry, Wild Cherry, Miel du Mexique, Snow White Cherry, Gold Nugget, Yellow Cherry, Sunshine Yellow, Nicholayev, Galina’s, Sweet Orange Cherry, Chocolate Cherry, Black Cherry, Isis Candy Cherry, Gold Berries, Blue Berries
Champagne, White Currant, Gold Rush Currant, Sweet Pea Currant, Cuatomate
Green Pear, Chocolate Pear, Ivory Pear, Cheesmanii (orange), Yellow Pear, Jaune Coeur de Pigeon, Red Pear
Golden Grape, Green Grape, Crimean Rose, Elfin, Sprite, Ildi
Green: Lime Green Salad, Malakhitovaya Shkatulka, Evergreen
White: Potato Leaf White, Wapsipinicon Peach, White Beauty, Transparent, Great White
Yellow + Orange: Golden Bison, Gold Dust, Yellow Perfection, Dr.Wyche’s Yellow, Jaune Flamme, Orlov Yellow Giant
Red + Pink: Ceylon, Pantano Romanesco, Illini Star, Cosmonaut Volkov Red, Jennie, Carmello, Polish, Sicilian Saucer, Ispolin, Italian Heirloom, St.Pierre, Rose, Red Brandywine, Caspian Pink, Sandul Moldovan
Purple + Black: Black Early, Black Prince, Black Krim, Paul Robeson, Black Sea Man, Brown Sugar, Black Brandywine, Black from Tula, Cherokee Purple
Ruffled: Greek Rose, Tim’s Black Ruffles, Costoluto Genovese
Bi-Colour: Gold Medal, Feuerwerk, Flame/Hillbilly, Nature’s Riddle, Ananas, Old German, Copia, German Gold
When I first counted all these up it came to 167 varieties. I assume that number hasn't changed unless I missed one/some while typing these up. We aim for a wide variety of colours, shapes and flavours. Some of these, like the Early Reds, will be cut down to less varieties each year as we decide which ones taste the best and produce the fastest. Others, like the Icicle and Sausage, will pretty much always be the varieties that are currently listed (unless you've created a new one!).
These are all open-pollinated varieties, almost exclusively heirloom and heritage types (there are a couple new open-pollinated types).
What's your favourite tomato to grow or eat? Are any of the ones on our list in your garden?