Heirloom tomatoes grow in so many shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors, how do you pick which tomato variety to grow in your garden? The Back to Eden Gardening Heirloom Tomato Seed Kit is a curated collection including the most popular best-selling heirloom tomato seed varieties. We brought together the top 10 best-tasting gourmet tomato varieties all in one package totaling over 225 tomato seeds.
Our partner seed supplier, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, is one of our favorite seed companies offering rare varieties of heirloom, non-GMO seeds with high germination rates, and the best quality control standards available.
The Heirloom Tomato Seed Kit includes an individual pack of each customer favorite heirloom tomato variety including:
BRANDYWINE TOMATO: 80 days. The most popular heirloom vegetable! A favorite of many gardeners, large fruit with superb flavor. A great potato-leafed variety from 1885! Beautiful pink fruit up to 1½ lbs each! Minimum Seed Count: 25
BLACK KRIM TOMATO: 80 days. Dark red-purple fruit, rich sweet flavor. One of the best tasting. It always places high in tomato taste trials. It’s very juicy. An heirloom from Russia with very unique looking, large fruit. The wonderful flavor is popular at many markets on the West Coast; also a favorite of many fine chefs. The top tomato in our 2014 nutritional study and voted the best tasting. Minimum Seed Count: 25
DR. WYCHE'S YELLOW TOMATO: 80 days. This heirloom was introduced to Seed Savers Exchange by the late Dr. John Wyche, who at one time owned the Cole Brothers Circus and used the manure of elephants to fertilize his heritage gardens. The 1-lb fruit is solid and smooth; the color is a glowing tangerine-orange that always stands out in the kitchen or on the vine. One of the best heirloom orange types for the market, with its smooth texture and tropical, sweet taste. Heavy yields. Minimum Seed Count: 25
SUNRISE BUMBLEBEE TOMATO: 70 days. Chefs love the luminous swirls of reds and oranges, inside the fruit and out! Everyone loves the sweet, fruity taste, too! Oblong little fruit weighs barely an ounce and sometimes shows a pronounced beak at the blossom end. Another member of the incredible new ‘Artisan’ series. Minimum Seed Count: 25
BLACK CHERRY TOMATO: 75 days. Beautiful black cherries look like large, dusky purple-brown grapes; they have that rich flavor that makes black tomatoes famous. Large vines yield very well; very unique and delicious. Minimum Seed Count: 25
CLASSIC BEEFSTEAK TOMATO: The classic beefsteak tomato of yesteryear is back! Massive fruit, easily reaching 1-2 lbs has deep red flesh and good old-fashioned tomato flavor. These are the tomatoes that grandma grew, meaty and firm, perfect on sandwiches or served straight up with a pinch of salt. A particularly good producer in the Northeast, but well adapted to the entire U.S. as well. Scientists recently determined that Beefsteak’s massive fruit was originally caused by a chance mutation. This happy accident created a much larger tomato. Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortez, brought samples of a larger, flattened tomato back to Europe. From this seed was developed many larger tomatoes we know today. Minimum Seed Count: 25
MARTINO'S ROMA TOMATO: 70-80 days. Determinate. Fantastic yields of richly flavorful plum-shaped tomatoes, on compact plants that require very little staking! Resistant to early blight, reliable for home or market gardens! The paste-type fruit weighs in at 2-3 ounces, dry-fleshed, and very meaty with few seeds. Great for sauces, salsas and pastes. Minimum Seed Count: 25
BRAD'S ATOMIC GRAPE TOMATO: Baker Creek's favorite tomato! 75 days. Elongated, large cherries in clusters. The color (and flavor!) is a full-blown assault on the senses—lavender and purple stripes, turning to technicolor olive-green, red, and brown/blue stripes when fully ripe. Really wild! Fruit holds well on the vine or off, making this amazing variety a good candidate for market growers. Olive green interior is blushed with red when dead-ripe. Crack-resistant fruit is extraordinarily sweet! Wispy foliage looks delicate but belies these plants’ rugged constitution and high productivity. This release from Wild Boar Farms won best in the show at the 2017 National Heirloom Expo! These range some in size from a large grape to plum-sized. AMAZING! Minimum Seed Count: 15
CHEROKEE PURPLE TOMATO: 80 days. An old Cherokee Indian heirloom, pre-1890 variety; beautiful, deep, dusky purple-pink color, superb sweet flavor, and very-large-sized fruit. Try this one for real old-time tomato flavor. Our favorite dark tomato and one of our best-selling varieties. Minimum Seed Count: 25
BONNY BEST TOMATO: The famous old canning tomato that was selected out of Chalk’s Early Jewel by one George W. Middleton and introduced in 1908 by Walter P. Stokes seed house. It became one of the most respected canning varieties in America in the first half of the twentieth century. Medium-sized fruit is round, red, meaty, and loaded with flavor. A good producer that makes a fine slicer too. Becoming hard to find due to modern, flavorless hybrids. Minimum Seed Count: 10
WHAT ARE HEIRLOOM TOMATOES?
Heirloom tomatoes and heirloom tomato seeds are super popular but sometimes even avid gardeners are fully aware of what an heirloom tomato is. All heirloom tomato varieties are open-pollinated. This means that the tomato seeds can be harvested from the plant, saved, replanted, and the same variety will grow the same year after year. Heirloom tomatoes have been selected to be saved because they exhibit superior qualities often in the area of flavor, production, or disease resistance. All heirloom seeds are open-pollinated, but not all open-pollinated seeds are heirloom. While there is no hard and fast definition of an heirloom tomato, it is assumed they have been grown and have remained true to type for about 2 generations or 50 years. Heirloom tomatoes are non-hybrid. A hybrid tomato plant is a cross of different varieties, designed to select the best traits from both parents. The flavor of heirloom tomatoes surpasses many modern hybrid varieties.
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