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.

Jasper

We pay attention to the All-America Selections each year because it’s a good way to know which new flowers and veggies to watch for. This year, the Jasper tomato hybrid won an award in the vegetables category. At just about ¾ inch in diameter, the fruits grow in clusters and have attracted attention for superior flavor. The plant is also said to be extremely resistant to disease, which will help extend the harvest season. This is another good one to eat right off the vine.

Stacy’s Tip: Following the All-America Selections each year is bound to give you inspiration for your own choices. You can also find winners from as far back as 1979 at all-americaselections.org.

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