A visual guide to 12 of our favorite varieties, with recipes to showcase each. By: Jeanne Thiel Kelley
Heirloom is a term used to describe any tomato plant that's openly pollinated (by wind and bees) and has been cultivated for more than 50 years. They come in many shapes and sizes―from the two-pound beefsteak to cherry tomatoes as tiny as currants―and colors―red, orange, gold, yellow, purple, even green and nearly white.
Read on for our guide to 12 great heirloom varieties, with a recipe designed to highlight the unique flavor of each.