By Michelle Fabio
According to Gary Ibsen of TomatoFest, black tomatoes are again some of the most popular heirloom tomatoes for 2009.
Of the Top 10 most popular heirloom tomatoes, four are black–which aren’t actually black but various dark colors from deep purple to mahogany.
Black heirloom tomatoes have been gaining in popularity for the last six years and saw their best year in 2008.
Originally from the southern Ukraine, they can now be found all over the world and are especially desired among tomato growers in the United States.
Sweeter bi-colored tomatoes and various colored cherry tomatoes were also popular in markets throughout 2008, but here is the list of the Top 10 Heirloom Tomatoes for 2009 according to Ibsen:
1. Brandywine (pink)
2. Paul Robeson (purple/black)
3. Aussie (red)
4. Julia Child (pink)
5. Cherokee Purple (purple/black)
6. Black Cherry (purple/black)
7. Kellogg’s Breakfast (orange)
8. Gold Medal (yellow/red striped)
9. Aunt Ginny’s Purple (purple/black)
10. Carmello (red)
What’s your favorite heirloom tomato?