By Food*Dude
February 27, 2015

A thumb through the seed catalog.

Impossible? No, actually, they're not.

Heirloom Tomatoes
Heirloom Tomatoes via

When I say 'tomato', what do you picture in your mind's eye? A reddish-green fruit* that can bounce along the supermarket floor completely unharmed, or a Technicolor dream so delicate that a mere glance might bruise it? [*Or maybe you think of it as a vegetable. Sorry, but I'm Nixian.]

I prefer to picture the latter, and I do that by flipping through the fashion magazine that is the gardener's seed catalog. In it, I find multi-colored wonders that surely must be made by mad scientists splicing zebra genes together with recessive genes for dayglow jellyfish lips.

But, actually…

These tomatoes have nothing to do with GMO gene splicing. These are heirloom varieties, either saved over generations by seed-saving gardeners, or created through selective breeding.

Let's take a look at a few of the varieties that caught my eye. Click the names for more info and where to buy. You know, there's plenty of time for you to order these seeds for your summer vegetable garden...

Blue Berries Tomato
Blue Berries Tomato | via
Pink Berkeley Tie Dye Tomato
Pink Berkeley Tie Dye Tomato | via
Purple Bumble Bee Tomato
Purple Bumble Bee Tomato | via
Green Sausage Tomato
Green Sausage Tomato | via
Black Icicle Tomato
Black Icicle Tomato | via
Casady's Folly Tomato
Casady's Folly Tomato | via
Mary Robinsons German Bicolor Tomato
Mary Robinsons German Bicolor Tomato | via
Wagner Blue Green Tomato
Wagner Blue Green Tomato | via
Schimmeig Striped Hollow Tomato
Schimmeig Striped Hollow Tomato | via
Costoluto Fiorentino Tomato
Costoluto Fiorentino Tomato | via
Japanese Trifele Black Tomato
Japanese Trifele Black Tomato | via
Green Zebra Tomato
Green Zebra Tomato | via
Black Tomato
Black Tomato | via

Resources for these and other unique vegetable seeds are below. Now, get planting!

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (source of many of the above photos)

Territorial Seed Company (source of many of the above photos)