It’s easy to see why tomatoes have so many fans: not only are they delicious, but they are also visually stunning, with a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. But did you know that there are actually different types of tomatoes, and that some are better suited to certain types of dishes than others? The three basic types of tomatoes are slicers, paste tomatoes, and cherry-type tomatoes. Here’s what you need to know about each.
While people generally think of “beefsteak” type tomatoes when they think of slicers, that is only one type of slicer. Slicing tomatoes come in many different sizes and colors, not to mention flavors. Some wonderful slicers include:
Kellogg’s Breakfast Tomato
Aunt Ruby’s German Green
Japanese Black Trifele
Uncle Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter
These tend to be indeterminate varieties, though some varieties, such as Sub-Arctic Plenty and Celebrity, are determinate, and therefore better suited to small gardens.
Italian Red Pear
These are almost always determinate tomatoes, making it easy to harvest and sauce or can all at once.
Super Sweet 100
If you only choose one of each type of tomato, it’s safe to say you’ll be able to fill just about any tomato-related need you may have.