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 Heirloom Tomato Tips

What is an Heirloom Tomato?

Heirloom Tomatoes come from unaltered seeds that have not been cross pollinated or genetically modified. They are the same today as they were 100 years ago.

How to Pick

Heirloom tomatoes may look imperfect but are perfectly tasty. Each color will have a different texture. Green will be firmer, for example, while purple will be softer and very juicy.


Heirloom Tomato Color Varieties


Mild but sweet flavor.


Robust acidic quality.

Light Red or Pink

Traditional tomato taste; a good balance of sweet and acidic.


Earthy, almost smoky flavor and less acidic.


Juicy, sweet, and less acidic.


Firmest texture paired with a bright acidic flavor.


Homegrown at Home

[Photo: Bruschetta with Rosemary and Heirloom Tomatoes served on a cutting board.]

Simple & Satisfying

  • Add to salads, sandwiches, salsas, and bruschetta for a burst of color.
  • Roast or grill and serve on crostini, as a side, tossed with pasta, in caprese salads, or with eggs.

[Photo: An antipasto board with heirloom tomatoes.]

With a Twist

Tomato Board
The charcuterie board’s summer-y sister! Suggested items to serve:
  • Sliced Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Dierbergs Kitchen Pesto and Marinara
  • Reduced Balsamic Glaze and Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt and Pepper Grinder
  • Fresh Mozzarella and Ricotta
  • Basil and Oregano
  • Crackers and Toasted Bread
  • Mixed Olives and Marinated Artichokes
  • Sliced Salami


Homegrown Heirloom Tomato Recipes