The 30 Tastiest Heirloom Tomatoes You Can Grow or Buy

Science has proven that heirloom tomatoes are far superior in flavor over their bland (and deceptively perfect-looking) supermarket counterparts.

But are certain tomatoes tastier than others? Yes—and it all has to do with the amount of sugar and acid in the fruit, along with its color.

If you want to try something new, these are my personal favorites to grow year after year, and what I consider to be the best tasting heirloom tomatoes.



A small to medium, early and weather-tolerant variety from Czechoslovakia with great flavor and fantastic production.


One of the most famous heirlooms, this one even has its own Wikipedia page. It’s a bit slow to mature and not all that prolific, but it just tastes absolutely divine.



These little pear-shaped yellow cherry tomatoes have a special place in my heart. They’re mild and slightly citrusy. I love them in a big cherry tomato salad, especially with a nice ball of burrata cheese.

Yellow Pear


One of the prettier heirloom tomatoes, Green Zebra is small to medium in size and sports horizontal green stripes on a yellowish base. It hasn’t been around for that long, but its looks and rich flavor have made it an instant classic.

Green Zebra

Dark-colored tomatoes are associated with deep flavor, and Carbon definitely doesn’t disappoint in this department. It’s described as sweet and almost smoky, and it’s very pretty to boot.



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