Top 10 Best Tomatoes to Grow

Go beyond the ordinary with these unique picks that boast terrific flavor and bright colors for your tomato garden.

I’ve grown tomatoes for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I even had my own stand at the local farmers market, selling cucumbers, peppers and lots of tomatoes. For the most part, we grew traditional red tomatoes. Every once in a while, we’d throw in a yellow or plum-shaped variety, but we didn’t go off track too much.

Now I see tomatoes in a whole new light. You can find hundreds of different varieties out there in almost every hue imaginable.

To help you navigate the sea of tomatoes, we put together this list of the top 10 best tomatoes to grow. Of course you’ll have your own favorites, but the list is a good starting point for those who are a little overwhelmed by all the choices. And be sure to read the “Stacy’s Tip” section under each pick to learn about some excellent resources for tomato and vegetable gardening fans.

Casady’s Folly

Have a weakness for plum tomatoes? Check out breeder Tom Wagner’s creation. Outside, each gorgeous 4-inch fruit has attractive light red and orange stripes; the interior is deep red. When you bite in, you may notice a little bit of fruitiness. Casady’s Folly will please people who like their produce in fun colors and shapes.

Stacy’s Tip: We’re fascinated by breeders creating new cultivars of flowers and veggies. If this interests you too, look for a new book from Timber Press, Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How to Create Unique Vegetables & Flowers. Find out more at

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  1. Deb says

    The list would have been more helpful had it stated whether each plant was determinate or indeterminate.


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