Farming Guide

Top Hybrid Tomatoes

I chose a little bright yellow one, and the second I popped it in my mouth and experienced the explosion of taste and texture that followed, I knew I would never again be satisfied with the supermarket toms of my childhood.

1. Sun Gold

The category of beautiful, brightly hued tomatoes includes the ‘Sun Gold’ hybrid, which Burpee boldly claims is rapidly becoming their most popular cherry variety of all time. I don’t know about you, but that certainly makes me want to give it a go!

A close up of part of a tomato plant with bright yellow, ripe fruit of the 'Sun Gold' variety. The background is green leaves and stems.

‘Sun Gold’

As beautiful as it is delicious, this golden gem has a beautiful, vibrant, orange-gold color, absolutely ideal for brightening up both your garden and your plate.

This is an indeterminate variety that takes 65 days to reach maturity, and it grows best in full sun conditions. ‘Sun Gold’ comes in packets of 30 seeds, available from Burpee.

2. Lemon Boy

Another colorful delight is this bright yellow ‘Lemon Boy’ hybrid. Ready to harvest in 72 days, this plant produces high quality fruit on vigorous, indeterminate vines.

A close up of a hand holding bright yellow 'Lemon Boy' tomatoes. The tips of the stems are still attached. In the right corner of the frame is a circular logo with black text.

‘Lemon Boy’

You can find these seeds at True Leaf Market.

3. Orange Slice

Another winner in the color category is this eye-catching ‘Orange Slice.’ A vigorous indeterminate hybrid that offers a beautiful and bountiful bright orange crop, it is perfect for slicing up for salads.

A close up of three deep orange colored 'Orange Slice' tomatoes, with one cut in half.

‘Orange Slice’

This variety thrives in full sun and is ready for picking in 75 days. This is a plant that needs its space, as it spreads up to 54 inches, so it’s not ideal for growing on apartment balconies or tiny backyard patios. Grab yourself some seeds from Burpee.

Best for Taste

Whilst it’s true that any homegrown tomato fresh from the vine is an absolute delight, some taste even more delightful than others.

4. Supertasty

The name says it all with this delicious variety, the ‘Supertasty’ hybrid. I’m not kidding, that’s actually its name.

A close up of a white plate with a hamburger topped with a slice of the 'Supertasty' tomato variety. In the background is a whole fruit and bright red slices, on a wooden background.

‘Supertasty’

A regular Burpee taste trials winner each year, this determinate variety produces rich and tangy fruit, and also comes with the added bonus of being disease-resistant and incredibly productive.

It takes 70 days to grow to full maturity and is quite a tame plant, only spreading up to 18 inches. Seeds are available from Burpee.

5. Supersweet 100

Continuing the theme of obvious names, this ‘Supersweet 100’ hybrid (I don’t know if these names are helpful or unimaginative) sure packs a flavor punch.

A large tomato plant full of 'Supersweet 100' fruits, in varying stages of ripeness. Some are a deep red color, others lighter and in shades of green and yellow. The background is soft focus vegetation and soil.

‘Supersweet 100’

This delicious cultivar produces very uniformly shaped cherry tomatoes that grow in long, lovely clusters and are packed full of vitamin C.

An indeterminate variety, your ‘Supersweet 100’ harvest will be ready to go in 65-70 days.

You can find seeds at True Leaf Market, available in packets of 10.

6. Black Pearl

Another standout in taste tests is the ‘Black Pearl’ cherry cultivar. This multicolored fruit offers two distinct flavors in one, making this type deep, rich, and sweet all at the same time.

A close up of a wooden bowl containing deep red fruit from the 'Black Pearl' tomato cultivar. Some have the vines still attached.

‘Black Pearl’

Some growers report that the flavor of this variety when chilled is reminiscent of a Concord grape.

An indeterminate variety, ‘Black Pearl’ only takes 65 days to reach full maturity. Seeds are available from Burpee.

Best for Visual Interest

Hybrids are often perfect for creating fun visual effects, and tomatoes one of the best types of produce for this.

7. Tye-Dye

Take, for instance, the bicolor gold and red ‘Tye-Dye’ variety. This hybrid’s surface is marbled with red streaks and is sure to make a great talking point around the table.

A close up of 'Tye Dye' variety of tomato, a yellow fruit, one cut in half and two whole, on a white ceramic plate.

‘Tye-Dye’

This indeterminate type takes around 78 days to mature and flourishes in full sun. You can get your seeds from Burpee.

8. Shimmer

Another stunning garden centerpiece is the ‘Shimmer’ hybrid. This magical little tom is slightly bigger than your average cherry variety, with a unique almond shape.

A close up of 'Shimmer' tomatoes, light reddish yellow colored, still attached to the vine, on a gray surface.

‘Shimmer’

Instead of your typical red, it’s covered with green stripes and touches of shimmering gold, and it’s absolutely beautiful.

With yields of 300-350 fruits per plant in a season, there’ll be plenty to go around. This is an indeterminate type that is best planted in full sun.

Seeds are available from Burpee.

9. Sweet Seedless

Something else that might “pip” your interest is this ‘Sweet Seedless’ variety. I guess by now we’re all pretty used to seedless grapes and watermelons, but perhaps not seedless tomatoes?

A close up of a 'Sweet Seedless' variety of tomato, cut in half, with two whole fruits in the background, on a wooden surface.

‘Sweet Seedless’

Well, this indeterminate hybrid is a world first, doing away completely with its seeds, and producing instead a smooth and solid fruit. The fact that there are no seeds means that the plant instead invests all its energy into making sweet fruit.

This is a slicer variety, ready for enjoying in 68-70 days. You can find seeds at Burpee.

Best for Added Health Benefits

Tomatoes prove that foods that are sweet and tasty don’t have to be bad for you! In fact, there are some types in particular which offer a bit more nutritional oomph.

10. Midnight Snack

When you think of antioxidants, the classic “superfoods” such as blueberries might come to mind. Well, the same antioxidants that put the “blue” in blueberry can also be found in purple tomato varieties.

This ‘Midnight Snack’ hybrid is similarly purple/dark blueish thanks to the same anthocyanins found in other darkly hued superfoods, and it is jam-packed with delicious and nutritious flavor.

A close up of the tomato cultivar 'Midnight Snack'. Vines have red and dark colored fruits on a background of foliage and stems.

‘Midnight Snack’

This indeterminate variety was the 2017 All-America Selections Winner for good reason. Harvest about 65-70 days from planting and grow in full sun for best results. Find your seeds here at Burpee.

11. Sun Sugar

The ‘Sun Sugar’ orange cherry variety may be the sweetest type around, winning “Best Flavor” in True Leaf Market’s cherry tomato taste tests.

There aren’t many things in life that are both sweet and good for you – but this hybrid manages it!

A close up of small 'Sun Sugar' yellow tomatoes with one cut in half, on a patterned surface. At the bottom right of the frame is a circular logo with white text.

‘Sun Sugar’

These tiny tomatoes also have an especially high vitamin A content, and they’re perfect for healthy snacking.

The breeder was also able to add more crack resistance while retaining a very thin skin on this tasty type, making it very enjoyable to eat. And it comes with the added bonus of resistance to fusarium wilt race 1 and to tobacco mosaic virus.

‘Sun Sugar’ is an indeterminate cultivar that takes only 62 days to mature. Seeds are available at True Leaf Market.

Best for Size

From the tiniest tom to the biggest beefsteak variety, tomatoes certainly come in some impressive shapes and sizes. We’ve selected our favorites among the biggest and smallest of the bunch.

12. SteakHouse

You could feed an army with the ‘SteakHouse’ variety. One of the biggest types ever bred, tipping the scales at a whopping 3 pounds each, you can be sure that there will be more than enough to go around.

Two hands holding an enormous red 'SteakHouse' tomato, the vibrant color contrasting with the green stem, and the gray background of the person's shirt.

‘SteakHouse’

Whilst it’s true that bigger is not always better, this type also comes with the added benefit of being both delicious and delightfully fragrant. It takes a little longer than other toms to be ready for picking – between 75 and 80 days – but it’s worth the wait.

This is an indeterminate variety, and seeds are available at Burpee in packets of 25.

13. Goliath

Another contender for the spot of beefiest tom is the ‘Goliath’ hybrid. With beautiful, smooth, bright red fruits weighing in at an average of 10-15 ounces each, this sweet, flavorsome fruit is ready to enjoy in 65 days.

A close up of a red 'Goliath' tomato, the red fruit filling the frame on a wooden surface. At the bottom right of the frame is a circular logo with white text.

‘Goliath’

An indeterminate type, this is a highly productive plant that is also highly disease resistant. You can find seeds at True Leaf Market, available in packets of 100.

14. Napa Grape

Coming in at the other end of the scale, the ‘Napa Grape’ is a firm favorite, regularly beating its rivals for best flavor.

Thanks to its higher than average sugar content, this tiny tom is deliciously sweet and retains this sweetness all summer long.

A close up of a metal bowl on a wooden surface filled with small red 'Napa Grape' tomatoes, some with the stems attached.

‘Napa Grape’

This indeterminate variety produces tiny 1-inch toms that are ready for picking in 65 days. You can find seeds available from Burpee.

15. Juliet

An All-America Selections Winner in 1999, this tiny red cherry tom, weighing in at just 1 ounce apiece, is produced in grape-like clusters on long, vigorous, indeterminate vines.

A close up of bright red 'Juliet' tomatoes with a single vine to the left of the frame. AT the bottom of the frame is a circular logo with white text.

‘Juliet’ tomatoes grow to be between 1 and 1 1/2 inches long and they are sweet and plentiful, with excellent crack resistance.

Seeds are available from True Leaf Market.

Which Type Tickles Your Taste Buds?

Whichever hybrid you decide to go for, there are so many wonderful varieties out there that you are sure to find one that tickles your fancy and your taste buds alike!

A selection of different heirloom tomatoes shown on a wooden background. A variety of large and small red fruits, as well as yellow and dark green cultivars. Some of the smaller fruits are still attached to the vine, and to the top of the frame are some herbs, just visible.

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