What Are Heirloom Tomatoes?

You may find other sources with slightly different definitions of heirloom tomatoes but what we know is that they are at least 50 years old and started from seed that was handed down for many generations and by region. There are also those heirlooms that were developed by universities, again 50 years ago or so. All heirloom tomatoes are open pollinated, which means they were created naturally through pollination of insects and wind – no human intervention.

At SummerWinds Nursery, we have a great selection of heirloom tomatoes of all shapes, colors, textures and taste.

Heirloom Tomato Varieties

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Arkansas Traveler – A 100 year old Heirloom variety. It is deep pink when ripe and hosts a nice balance of sweetness and tartness. It is one of the very best heirloom varieties. Disease-resistant. Indeterminate

Arkansas Tomato

Aunt Ginny’s Purple – An Heirloom favorite, this tomato is deep-pink in color and is perfect for salads and sandwiches. Very little cracking. Indeterminate

Aunt Ginnys Purple Heirloom Tomato

Aunt Ruby’s German Green – A large beefsteak variety that has sweet yellow-green juicy flesh and a hint of spiciness. Indeterminate

Aunt Rubys Green Heirloom Tomato

Aussie – This vibrant red tomato is loaded with bold and rich tomato flavors. A beefsteak variety that is disease resistant and simply tasty. Beefsteak tomatoes need a longer growing season and more heat than smaller varieties, so they may not be suitable for short-summer or cool-summer gardens. Indeterminate

Aussie Heirloom Tomato

Big Brandy – Another great beefsteak variety that has a sneaky appearance of a hybrid. Big Brandy gets its unusual pink color from both parents and exudes a rich tomato fragrance. They are richly flavored with a tomato tang. Indeterminate

Big Brandy Heirloom Tomato

Big Zac - An excellent tomato in every way. They are meaty, tasty, and are very vigorous growers. This tomato comes from a good stock. Indeterminate

Big Zac Heirloom Tomato

Black Krim - is one of the most flavorful heirloom beefsteak tomatoes. Large, sweet, reddish-purple fruits that are beautiful when sliced or cut in wedges. Indeterminate

Black Krim Heirloom Tomato

Boxcar Willie – is a vibrant orange and red tomato with a nice balance of sweet and rich flavors. It is an excellent tomato for canning, tomato sauce or tomato juice. Resistant to diseases and cracking. Indeterminate

Boxcar Willie Heirloom Tomato

Brandywine Pink - is a classic beefsteak tomato with incredible flavor. They aren’t a robust producer but are loved non-the-less. Indeterminate

Brandywine Heirloom Tomato

Chefs Choice Orange – is given such a prestigious name because even when cooked, it retains its intense bright orange color. Great for soups and sauces. It has superior taste and texture. Indeterminate

Chef's Choice Orange Heirloom Tomato

Cherokee Green – This tomato is not only tasty, it enhances other brightly colored tomatoes surrounding it because of its green color. Best served uncooked. Indeterminate

Cherokee Green Heirloom Tomato

Cherokee Purple has a smoky sweetness that offers a great twist to salads and sauces. Indeterminate

Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato

Cosmonaut Volkov - An out of this world tomato from the Ukraine. This tomato offers and incredible balance of rich, deep and sweet and tangy flavors in a deep orange/red fruit with green shoulders. Determinate

Cosmonaut Volkav Tomato

Crnkovic Yugoslavian - direct from Yugoslavia, this vigorous producer of slightly flattened, pink beefsteak tomatoes are full of flavor and juicy. Crack-resistant. Indeterminate

Crncovic Yugoslavian Tomato

Giant Belgium Pink – A beautiful, large pink Heirloom tomato with a sweet and mild flavor. The sneaky pink color occurs because it is actually clear skin covering red flesh.

Giant Belgium Pink Heirloom Tomato

Giant Syrian - They are meaty and very flavorful. Perfect for salads, sandwiches, slicing, sauce, paste, and canning. Indeterminate

Giant Syrian Heirloom Tomato

Gold Medal - Yellow fruits are blushing with rosy red that radiates from the blossom end. They are sweet and mild, have very little acid, which makes them perfect for eating fresh. Indeterminate

Gold Medal Heirloom Tomato

Green Zebra - This pale green tomato has striking stripes with a tart flavor. They are ripe when the shoulders have a yellowish cast. Indeterminate

Green Zebra Heirloom Tomato

Hawaiian Pineapple – Named for its shape, not flavor, the Pineapple tomato is a large bi-color beefsteak tomato. Known for its excellent flavor it is mildly sweet with low acidity, somewhat fruity, and includes a hint of citrus. Its flavor improves towards end of season. Indeterminate

Hawaiian Pineapple Heirloom Tomato

Hillbilly - is an orange heirloom beefsteak tomato with red streaks through its flesh, almost like a peach. Beautiful when sliced or cut in large wedges. Indeterminate

Hillbilly Heirloom Tomato

Kellogg Breakfast - Large orange beefsteak tomatoes with delicious rich flavor with a good acid/sugar balance. Very productive. Indeterminate

Kellogg Breakfast Heirloom Tomato

Kentucky Beefsteak – An attractive beefsteak tomato with an almost oval shape and deep orange color. It has a lovely flavor backed by a meaty flesh and little seeds. Indeterminate

Kentucky Beefsteak Heirloom Tomato

Marglobe - These are tasty, smooth, firm tomatoes. Stake or cage for best results. Determinate

Marglobe Heirloom Tomato

Marvel Stripe – Named “marvelous” for a reason, this orange tomato has stunning blood red stripes that run down its skin. The juicy flesh of this tomato is colored with the same orange and red of its skin, and is also marbled in white. It is one of the largest of bi-colored heirloom tomatoes. Indeterminate

Marvel Stripe Heirloom Tomato

Mortgage Lifter - is a huge red heirloom beefsteak tomato that produces heavy yields on strong. Indeterminate

Mortgage Lifter Heirloom Tomato

Moskvich Heirloom - Fruits are early, deep red, and cold tolerant. Rich flavor. Smooth and globe-shaped. Indeterminate.

Moskvich Heirloom Tomato

Mr. Stripey – has mild, sweet-tasting fruits with a high sugar content and grow to over 1 lb. each. Pretty and luscious, this tomato has rich yellow undertones covered with pinkish-red striping. Indeterminate.

Mr. Stripey Heirloom Tomato

Napoli – Compact plants that do well in containers and produce heavy flushes of fruit, perfect for cooking up into rich sauce, soup or ketchup. The bright crimson, oval tomatoes are meaty and dense with a rich, tangy flavor. Determinate

Napoli Heirloom Tomato

Old German - Indulge in one of these treasured heirlooms and experience the true meaning of pleasure! Routinely weighing in at over a pound and a half, Old German was one of the largest fruit in our trials. It is both delicious and beautiful with succulent, meaty fruit and golden streaked, reddish skin. Indeterminate.

Old German Heirloom Tomato

Omar’s Lebanese - Straight from a farming hill town in Lebanon, this pink tomato with sweet, rich and complex flavor is disease resistant. Indeterminate

Omar's Lebanese Heirloom Tomato

Paul Robeson - Russian heirloom produces brick-red to black fruits with a smoky, sweet flavor! This vigorous grower of beefsteak fruits are perfect for slicing, salads and sandwiches. Indeterminate

Paul Robeson Heirloom Tomato

Persimmon - An heirloom originally from Russia, this beefsteak type has very large, persimmon-colored 1 lb. fruits. Uniform and blemish-free, the tomatoes have high flavor, low acidity, and a small seed cavity. Indeterminate

Persimmon Heirloom Tomato

Prudens Purple - With dark pinkish-purple skin, this widely adapted heirloom produces large, slightly flattened 1 lb. fruits with firm, meaty, crimson flesh and few seeds. Indeterminate

Prudens Purple Heirloom Tomato

Purple Calabash - May be the most purple of all “purple” tomatoes; a deep purple/burgundy and very colorful! Flavor is intense, sweet and tart, with a lime or citrus taste. A most uniquely flavored tomato! The plants give huge yields. Indeterminate

Purple Calabash Heirloom Tomato

Purple Russian - Delicious purplish, egg-shaped fruit are smooth and perfect. They have no blemishes and have incredible flavor. A great producer of one of the best tomatoes for salsa, fresh eating, and preserving. Indeterminate

Purple Russian Heirloom Tomato

Rose - An Amish heirloom from Pennsylvania. This dusty rose colored tomato has excellent flavor. Indeterminate

Rose Heirloom Tomato

Stupice - produces deep-red, 2-inch oblong tomatoes with a tangy flavor. Indeterminate

Stupice Heirloom Tomato

Vintage Wine - One of the very few pastel-hued tomatoes with its pale pink fruit and golden stripes. Vintage Wine tomatoes have an elegant, sweet and tasty, with a nice, mild flavor that compliments most dishes. Indeterminate

Vintage Wine Heirloom Tomato

Selection may vary by location. If we don't have the specific heirloom plant you are looking for, ask one our associates and we will do our best to order it in for you.


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