4 delicious ways with heirloom tomatoes

Our favorite heirloom tomatoes and their perfect-match recipes

Hillbilly heirloom tomatoes

Christine Schmidhofer


This slicer dates back to 1880, when it first wowed kitchen gardeners with its 1- to 2-pound, heavily ribbed fruits. The flesh is orange-yellow and mottled with red, with an almost peachlike texture.

Tomatoes with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Green Grape heirloom tomatoes

Christine Schmidhofer

Green Grape

With bright yellow-green clusters that look like bunches of large Muscat grapes, Green Grape tomatoes have a sweet flavor and bright acidity that call for creamy cheeses and rich fillings. A chef’s favorite.

Green Grape Tomato Appetizer

Sunset’s Red Horizon heirloom tomatoes

Christine Schmidhofer

Sunset’s Red Horizon

A classic tomato ― with meaty, heart-shaped fruit as big as grapefruit and sweet, full-bodied flavor ― this Russian native has good texture and plenty of rich juice. It made its American debut thanks to Gary Ibsen, founder of California’s Carmel TomatoFest, who honored Sunset with its name.

BBT Bacon Basil Tomato Sandwich

Kellogg’s Breakfast heirloom tomatoes

Christine Schmidhofer

Kellogg’s Breakfast

Take a look at the OJ-colored flesh and juice, and you’ll know where the name comes from. The 1-pound beefsteak has lots of juice and few seeds, which makes it perfect for squeezing. Bright and tart, it might even inspire you to change your breakfast routine.

Fresh Bloody Mary

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