5 Heirloom Tomatoes To Seek Out This Summer

Look for these exceptional tasty tomatoes at your farmers' market-or grow them in your garden.

With 200 favorites out of the 500 heirloom tomato varieties she grows on her farm in New York's Hudson River Valley, it's hard for author and expert gardener Amy Goldman to pick just one. Instead, she nominated her "favorite favorite" tomato from each of these 5 categories: globe, beefsteak, cherry, plum and currant. She suggests looking for these and other heirloom tomatoes at your farmers' market or growing them yourself next summer.
-Elizabeth Bruner


1. Aunt Gertie's Gold Tomatoes

1. Aunt Gertie's Gold Tomatoes

The tangerine skin and deep orange flesh of this beautiful orange globe tomato make it irresistible to the eye. These tomatoes are best enjoyed fresh-try them in our .


Spanish-Inspired Tomato Salad

Spanish-Inspired Tomato Salad

This simple salad, topped with crunchy garlicky breadcrumbs, is the perfect vehicle to showcase a unique, colorful mix of tomatoes-any size, shape or color will be delicious. While sherry vinegar adds a special touch, red-wine vinegar works too.

Spanish-Inspired Tomato Salad


2. Big Rainbow Tomatoes

2. Big Rainbow Tomatoes

This bicolored beefsteak tomato has bright yellow skin tinged with blush-pink or crimson and can weigh up to two pounds. Try a thick, colorful slice on a BLT or in .


Tomato & Provolone Sandwiches

Tomato & Provolone Sandwiches

There's something magical about a simple bread-and-tomato sandwich, but this one is even better topped with melted provolone cheese and tarragon-garlic mayo.

Tomato & Provolone Sandwiches


Black Cherry Tomatoes

3. Black Cherry Tomatoes

These fruity, cherry-shaped tomatoes are maroon-almost black-in color and have deep wine-colored flesh. Roast them along with other cherry tomatoes in .


Roasted Tomato-Bread Soup

Roasted Tomato-Bread Soup

Tomatoes, onions and garlic develop a deep, rich flavor when roasted. A mix of different colored cherry tomatoes will add a playful note. This soup is adapted from a recipe in Amy Goldman's book The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table (Bloomsbury USA, 2008).

Roasted Tomato-Bread Soup


4. Orange Banana Tomato

4. Orange Banana Tomato

An import from Russia, these deep-orange plum tomatoes are best oven-roasted or pureed in a sauce. They provide great depth of flavor in .


Provencal Summer Vegetables

Proven‡al Summer Vegetables

This stunning side dish of layered tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash and leeks bursts with fresh flavor. To make it even more colorful, use half a summer squash and half a zucchini. Try it alongside any grilled meat. Leftovers are delicious sandwiched between slices of crusty whole-grain bread.

Proven‡al Summer Vegetables


5. Sara's Galapagos Tomatoes

5. Sara's Galapagos Tomatoes

A red currant tomato that Goldman discovered on a trip to the Galapagos Islands with her daughter, Sara, in 2002. She brought seeds back to the U.S. and now you can find them in select seed catalogs. Enjoy these tomatoes straight off the vine.