Every spring I sell heirloom tomato plants at the farmers’ markets and I’m always trying to organize the information in a way that is not so overwhelming for people.  Based on the questions I have received over the years, I’ve put together a chart that is about comparing heirloom tomato varieties against each other.

Of course there are many varieties that do not show up in these charts. These varieties are the most popular varieties that have stood the test of time.  More information on flavor profiles can be found in this post.

Early Tomatoes & Red Main-Season Tomatoes
Disease Resistant Tomatoes & Sweet, Pink Tomatoes
Bi-Colored, Yellow & White Tomatoes
Black Tomatoes & Paste Tomatoes
Orange Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes & Cherry Tomatoes


  1. Lisa Sharpe on September 17, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Very helpful charts on tomatoes that are not as commonly grown. So thanks for that. Would you be willing to expand the charts to include some info about disease resistance?

    • dorothy stainbrook on September 18, 2020 at 7:38 am

      Thank you for the comment Lisa, it helps me know what is missing for people. That’s a good idea and I am more than willing to expand the charts. I won’t be able to get to it until next Spring when I start ordering specific varieties and culling the ones I currently grow. I will definitely make note to add more of that information to the charts! In the meantime, here is the post that I have related to disease. It’s mainly during the seedling stage, but that is the most critical time for the plants (now the soil related disease is a different story). Here is the link: https://farmtojar.com/signs-and-solutions-of-nutritional-deficiencies-in-heirloom-tomato-seedlings/

  2. […] tomatoes […]

  3. […] market.  For more specific information on size, growth habit, flavor, and disease resistance see this post which gives more in-depth information (*note that the previous post is for 2012 varieties, so a […]

  4. John Steinmeyer on March 3, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Great Website!!

    But I cannot find Cherokee :Purple listed anywhere. I am growing 20 plants this year for myself and friends and it is the most tasteful tomato we have tasted and very prolific.

    Thanks for considering. John

    • Dorothy Stainbrook on March 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Hi John, I go back and forth growing Cherokee Purple. I will be growing it this year, but didn’t last year, so it wasn’t in the roundup. I like Cherokee Purple… I just find it very similar to a lot of the other large pink-to-purple varieties, so I switch it up a bit.

  5. […] to the extent that I can in a blog post.  For a more complete summary of growing attributes,  see Heirloom Tomato Summary Charts.  For my favorite catalogs for ordering heirloom tomato seeds, see Top 5 Seed Catalogs for Heirloom […]

  6. […] Cracking can occur at all stages of fruit growth, but as fruit mature they become more susceptible, especially as color develops.  Some varieties of tomatoes are more susceptible to cracking than others, regardless of whether it is an heirloom variety or a hybrid variety.  For information on heirloom varieties that are more or less prone to cracking, see the heirloom variety chart. […]

  7. […] a milder flavor than others, some tend to be sweeter and others tangier, etc. (check out Dorothy’s heirloom tomato chart for guidance).  In addition, depending on what you’re making, consider cutting your tomatoes in […]

  8. […] a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.   See more on these and other heirloom varieties on the Comprehensive Comparison Chart on this […]

  9. […] Some will look beautiful in salads, while others provide the perfect slices for a BLT.  Dorothy’s heirlooms chart is a big help here. For example, she notes that Black Mauri is great in salads, Japanese Black […]

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