Tomatoes - M to R
   



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Tomatoes
  (Lycopersicon esculentum, and  L. pimpinellifolium)

-All tomato varieties are open pollinated (not hybrid), unless stated otherwise.
-All are indeterminate, unless stated otherwise.





Maglia Rosa                             

Romanette or saladette type fruits with mottled pink-orange skin. Smooth tomatoes, fairly regular, no major defects. Pointy tips. Click thumbnails for details. Approximately 10 fruits per cluster, each about 5 cm long. Fresh, clean taste. Medium size plants (1,2 m), which seemed to be semi-determinate. 70 days.
Packet of 10 seeds: $2,99


Manitoba  

Extra early tomato adapted to zone 3 and less. For high altitudes, northern latitudes or if you simply want tomatoes early in the season. Bright red, slightly flattened, medium size. Compact plants. Bred in Manitoba, Canada. Determinate. 58 days.
Packet of 20 seeds: $2,49

For a similar variety, see also Sub-Arctic.



Marianna's Peace     

Magnificent, large dark pink/reddish fruit with shiny skin and slightly ribbed shoulders. Dense flesh, really smooth and with a subtle, well balanced, sweet flavor. Highly praised. Non cracking, nice looking fruits (click photos). Tall, potato-leaf plants that can reach more than 2 m in height. Good production for a potato leaf. 80-90 days.
Packet of 8 seeds: $2,99


 
Market Wonder   
(Merveille des Marchés)   

Beautiful, well-formed red tomatoes, almost perfect. Very few blemishes or defects. Moreover, they taste really nice. The looks of an hybrid, but in an open-pollinated variety. Clusters of 5 to 8, medium-sized round tomatoes, 5 to 7 cm. 75-80 days.

Sold out.

For a simlar variety, see: Nepal, Thessaloniki or Saint-Pierre

Mary Robinson German Bicolor

Bicolor with more prominent red markings. Large size. Rounded with sometimes a pointed end. Marbled flesh. Productive.
Packet of 20 seeds: $1,99



Marmande

Medium-large, round, red fruits with pronounced tomato taste. Well adapted to cool summers. From France. Packet is 25 seeds: $1,99


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Marvel Striped    (Marvel Striped Zapotec)

Very large golden fruits weighing up to 1 kg, with very nice flesh marbled with yellow, orange and red streaks. Light, sweet flavor. Old zapotec variety originating from Oaxaca, Mexico, and cultivated since 1850. Very late. First fruits are not ready until september 1st here in zone 5. 100 days.
Packet of 10 seeds: $2,99


For another zapotec variety, see Tlacolula.


  Matina

Very uniform fruits without blemishes. Salad size. Very nice appearance. Potato leaf type. From Germany. High quality. Early. 65 days.
Packet of 20 seeds: $2,49


Matt's Wild Cherry  

Wonderful small deep red, shiny tomatoes about 1,5 cm in diameter. Midway between a currant and a cherry tomato. Very concentrated fruity flavor. Great with other cherry tomatoes and in salads.
Packet of 15 seeds: $2,49



  Mexico

Very large pink tomato that can weigh up to 1 kg. Round, ribbed and flattened fruits. Nice for juice or salsa. From Mexico. 80 days.
Packet of  20 seeds: $1,99



Mint Julep   (Michael Pollan)  
          

Weirdly shaped, Green Zebra-type tomatoes on a multiflora plant. Click thumbnails for details. Different forms : egg, pear or heart-shaped. Medium size, 6 to 8 cm. Multiflora type, with loads of flowers, but only part of them turn into tomatoes, each cluster bearing from 10 to 20 fruits. Good acidic-tart flavor reminiscent of Green Zebra. Selected by botanist Michael Pollan, author of  "The Botany of Desire". 80-90 days.
Packet of 10 seeds: $2,99



Millefleur     

An amazing multiflora type, producing a profusion of flowers followed by huge bunches of yellow tomatoes, up to 150 per cluster! Click thumbnails for details. Name is french and means "thousand flowers". Cherry size, golden tomatoes, round to slightly oval. Nice flavor. Tall plants, 2 m. About 80 days.
Rare!
Packet of 15 seeds: $2,99

For other types of multiflora tomatoes, with lots of flowers and huge clusters, see also Rose Quartz Multiflora and Red Cluster Pear.

Moonglow  
 
Smooth, bright orange fruits with firm, dense flesh. High pectin. Round, slightly angular. Medium size. 85 days.
Packet of 20 seeds: $1,99


Morden Yellow

Medium size round yellow tomato with sharp, tangy taste. High in pectin. Medium size plants: 0,8-1 m. Good production. Determinate. Heirloom from Canada. Early: 70 days.
Packet of 20 seeds: $1,99



Moskvich     (Moskovich)

From Siberia, a cold tolerant variety with nice flavor. Red beefsteak, large size. Early: 60 days.
Packet of 10 seeds: $2,99

See also Glacier, Manitoba and Sub-Arctic.


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Nepal

Rich, intense, tangy old-fashioned tomato flavor! Remarkable. Furthermore, this variety can tolerate cool growing conditions. Ideal also for greenhouse conditions during winter growing. Medium-size, round, bright red uniform fruits. Wonderful flavor. Recommended. 80 days.
Packet of 10 seeds: $2,99

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Noire de Cosseboeuf                   

French heirloom with deeply ribbed, flattened tomatoes with dark red, purplish skin. Medium size, 6 to 8 cm in diameter. Looks very much like Calabash Purple. Unusual flavor, reminiscent of grapes or wine (?). From France, uncommon.
75-80 days.
Packet of 15 seeds: $1,99


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Oaxacan Jewel

This little gem from Oaxaca has a wonderfully intense fruity flavor. Exceptional. Bicolored, medium to large size fruits covered with very long petioles (left picture). Marbled flesh. Medium size, potato-leaf plant. From the mountains of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico (zapotecs). One of the few bicolored that will develop its full taste even when grown in the north. Highly recommended. 75 days.
Packet of 15 seeds: $2,99



Omar Lebanese      

Huge fruits with very nice flavor. Can weigh up to 2 pounds (800g). Productive. From Lebanon. 80 days. 
Sold out.


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Opal Essence

Round, uniform fruits with iridescent pink skin. Medium size. 90 days.
Packet of  20 seeds: $1,99

 
Orange Banana   
       

Orange paste type with sweet, fruity taste. Nice for making a novel orange tomato sauce but just as good for fresh eating. Flavor is highly praised by many. Shape is somewhat variable, from oval to elongated. About 8 cm long. The shade of orange on this tomato is nice, leaning towards a tangerine hue. Avoid excess watering to prevent blossom end rot. 85 days.
Packet of 10 seeds: $2,49



Orange Grape

Wonderfful orange grape tomatoes with very nice, sweet and fruity taste. Little gems growing in clusters of about 20 fruits. Fruit shape and size slightly differ from plant to plant, going from oval to almost pear-shaped and from 2,5 to 3 cm in lenght. But what does not change is their great taste. And eventhough they tend to crack and split towards the end of the season, they are still really worth it. Fun to grow. About 70 days. 

Packet of 20 seeds: $2,99


Orangeheart            

Medium-size (6-7 cm), bright orange fruits with nice fruity flavor (especially when fully ripe). Round and slightly angular. Amazingly, in 2007 the cores of some Orangeheart tomatoes actually tasted like oranges! 87 days.
Packet of 25 seeds: $1,99




 

Orange Russian 117      (Orange Russe117)

Wonderful yellow oxheart covered with red and orange markings. Marbled flesh. Mild, sweet flavor. Some variations in shape are possible. 85 days.
Packet of 10 seeds: $2,99


  Orange Strawberry

Large orange oxheart type, somewhat shaped like a strawberry. Flesh is very soft and silky, with few seeds. Low acidity. Big, tall plants. Some tomatoes are rounder than other. 80 days.
Packet of 15 seeds: $2,49




P20 Blue Tomato    (OSU Blue Tomato)              

An astonishing dark purple tomato coming from the breeding work of Jim Myers from Oregon State University (OSU). Green fruits turn gradually to dark purple when exposed to sunlight. Click thumbnails for details. The bottom half of the ripe tomatoes then turns red. Medium size, round fruits, about 5 to 7 cm. Pinkish red flesh, with subtle, aromatic and fruity flavor. Not bland. Foliage turns purple under cold conditions. Around 80-90 days. Aka OSU Blue tomato. Rare!
Packet of 10 seeds: $2,99


Pantano Romanesco    

Italian strain with rich, intense flavor. Fresh use or for canning and sauce. Sauce made with Pantano Romanesco tomatoes is renowned. Deep red fruits, slightly flattened and ribbed, quite firm, medium to large size (300-400 g). Vigorous plants with good production. Tomatoes can still retain their green shoulders while ripe. From Rome. 70-75 days.
Packet of 35 seeds: $1,99

For a similar variety, see Costoluto Genovese and Costoluto Fiorentino, and also Marmande.



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Black variety with a highly praised taste, which is said to be rich and smokey, and with a good balance of sweet and acidity. Soft, juicy flesh. Round fruits, some flattened, dark red with green shoulders. Sometimes lobbed. Medium to large, 7 to 10 cm. From Russia. 75-80 days.  
Packet of 15 seeds: $2,99


  Peach     (Garden Peach)

Like peaches, these fruits are covered with stunning fuzzy hairs. Yellow fruits with a pink blush. Some green stripes sometimes remain. Very nice looking fruit. Salad size. Thick skin. Very mild flavor.
Packet of 25 seeds: $1,99

For an improved peach variety, see also: Wapsipinicon Peach 


Persimmon

Sweet and juicy orange tomatoes with low acidity. Taste is highly praised by many who have tried it. Round, medium to large. Form Russia. 80 days.
Packet of 10 seeds: $2,99



Petitbec    
(Doucet's Petitbec)                 


Quebec variety with bright red cherry tomatoes on small compact plants. Big clusters of 15 or more tomatoes. Cherry size, 3 to 3,5 cm in diameter, no cracking, stays for a long time on the plant. Keeps well. Tangy flavor with a tart aftertaste (similar to Rosabec, below).  Early, 60-65 days. Determinate. Bred in Quebec by Roger Doucet.
Packet of 15 seeds: $1,99




Pineapple

Yellow-orange tomato marbled in red. Very large fruits. Excellent sweet and fruity flavor.
Packet is 20 seeds: $2,49


Pineapple Fog                   

Round to angular, slightly flattened tomatoes with golden yellow skin showing some orange-red blushing. Small to medium size (4,5 to 6 cm). Came from a cross between Pineapple and San Francisco Fog. Large plants. 75-80 days. Packet of 20 seeds: $1,99


Pink Grapefruit                 

Dark yellow to golden fruits showing a beautiful pink blush at their core. Fresh, zesty flavor. Lemony. Small size, round fruits (4-5 cm). Firm. Medium size plants (1 to 1,2 m). 75 days. Germination: 60%
Packet of 20 seeds: $1,99


Pink Ice

Pink cocktail cherry with smooth skin. Firm. Nice quality. About 3,5 cm long. Large clusters with widely interspersed fruits. Tall plants. Looks like a pink version of Sweet Gold and Sweet Orange 2 (see below). About 80 days. Packet of 20 seeds : $1,99


   
Pink Vernissage   
       

Cute little pink tomatoes covered with orange stripes. Looks very much like Violet Jaser and Topaz, but instead with deep pink skin. And like these two, it is quite early and productive. Round shape, 3 to 5 cm. Stripes start green and then turn to pale orange. 65 days.

Packet of 10 seeds: $2,99


Plourde

Heirloom from Quebec with large red fruits revealing a soft, balanced tomato flavor. Slightly sweet and with low acidity. Taste a bit like the Marianna's Peace variety. Round, flattened shape. Pleated shoulders. 90 days.
Sold out.


Plum Lemon       

Cute tomatoes, looking just like small lemons. About 6 cm long. Lemon yellow turning to golden yellow. Light, fresh taste. Better picked when still firm and clear yellow. From Russia, 80 days.
Packet of 15 seeds: $2,49



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Polish Egg

6-cm, egg-shaped fruits growing in long clusters, with excellent and unique aromatic flavor. Nice looking, uniform fruits with long petioles. Under-rated. One of the best tomatoes tested in 2003. Rare. 
Packet of 20 seeds: $1,99



Polish Pastel

This one will slowly ripen while taking a rainbow of pastel colors. Very beautiful. Click thumbnails. Paste type, more or less pear shaped, about 10 cm long. Orange-yellow flesh with pink blush. Mild flavor, low acidity, gets a little sweet when fully ripe. 80 days. Hard to find, rare variety!

Packet of 15 seeds: $2,49


Powers    (Powers Heirloom)              

Beautiful, large yellow paste type with sweet flesh. Good fresh or for making a delicious yellow tomato sauce. Looks like a yellow version of Amish Paste (size and shape). An old Virginia Heirloom dating back to more than 100 years. 80-85 days.
Packet of 15 seeds: $1,99

 

Principe Borghese

Small determinate variety bearing clusters of large cherry tomatoes. This variety is used in Italy for drying. Take clusters and let them dry under the sun for some weeks, or use a dehydrator or just the oven. Also good fresh. 70 days.
Packet of 20 seeds: $2,49



Provenzano


A giant italian oxheart ! Huge. This was in fact one of the largest tomatoes ever grown to date. Very large: can reach 14 cm in diameter. Like other oxhearts, this one was all flesh. Smooth, tender and tasty. Make sure to feed your plants generously in order to get a bumper crop of those delicious oxhearts
. Rare variety. About 85-90 days.
Sold out.


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Pruden's Purple

An earlier Brandywine type with large, dark pink fruits. Flavor is often considered superior than that of Brandywine. Better adapted for culture in Canada. One of the best tasting varieties in 2003. Slightly ribbed fruits, sometimes lobed. Long sepals.This is the standard-leaf sub-variety (not potato foliage). Recommended. 80 days. Packet of 15 seeds: $1,99


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Prue 

Elongated oxheart type with sweet, intense flavor highly praised by those who tried it. Tall, 2-m plants with long drooping leaves. Red fruits are 7 to 10 cm de long with a pointed belly. 85-90 days. Rare.
Sold out.


Purple Pear Brandywine

Elongated, pleated pink fruits. Pear or plum shaped. Fleshy, low juice, sauce type. Standard leaf. Does not taste like Brandywine. 90 days. Rare.
Packet of 25 seeds: $1,99



Purple Price 

Nice dark pink tomato with purplish hues and green shoulders. Rich flavor combining the characteristics of pink and black tomatoes. Marbled flesh. Looks like the Cherokee Purple. Potato leaf type. Medium to very large size. Some cracking. Early. 70 days. Rare!
Packet of 15 seeds:  $2,99



Purple Russian

Very rare. Elongated brownish fruits with very nice aromatic flavor. Highly praised. Packet of 20 seeds: $1,99


Qiyanai-Huang

Medium size orange fruits with pointed bellies. Compact plants (50 cm). From China. Very rare.
Packet is 10 seeds: $1,99



Red Cherry     (Cerise Rouge)

Indeterminate variety producing clusters of bright red, 3/4- 1" fruits with outstanding sweet and rich flavor. A delight when eaten right from the plant. 75-80 days.
Packet of 25 seeds: $1,99


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Red Grape    (Red Grape, Grape tomato)

Open pollinated strain of grape tomato with excellent quality. Looks very much like the popular grape tomatoes sold in food markets. Nice smooth, shiny skin. Fruits are very firm. Excellent concentrated taste, very sweet and fruity.
Packet of 20 seeds: $1,99


  Red Pear     (Red Pear)

Beautiful pear-shaped red fruits. About the size of cherry tomatoes. Meaty texture.
Packet of 20 seeds: $1,99


 
Tomato Red Peach 
                  

Similar to Speckled Peach, but with a slightly darker color and larger fruits. This variety is also more late. Soft, slightly fuzzy skin and tender flesh. 95 days.
Packet of 15 seeds: $1,99



Red Cluster Pear                    

Another multiflora subspecies covered with sprays of flowers followed by large clusters of small, pear shaped red fruits. One single cluster can bear more than 100 tomatoes.
About 80 days. Rare, hard to find variety!
Packet of 20 seeds: $2,49

For other multiflora varieties, see also Millefleur and Rose Quartz Multiflora


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Red Pear Franchi 

Large tomato in the shape of a flattened, ribbed pear. Similar to Zapotec pleated (Tlacolula) but red colored. Large size. From Italy. aka Red Pear Abruzense or Pyriform. Rare. 90-95 days.
Packet of 20 seeds: $2,49




Red Zebra      

Another type of Zebra tomato, this one has fiery red fruits covered with bright yellow bands. Round fruits, 6-7 cm, very uniform, and of a very nice quality. Good sweet flavor. Very productive.
Nice commercial potential for producers. 75-80 days.
Packet of 10 seeds: $2,49


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Reinhard's Goldkirsche  

Translucent golden cherry tomatoes looking somewhat like gooseberries. Long clusters of over 12 fruits, each about 2,5 cm (1"). Nice fruity taste. The tomatoes grown under foliage will remain whitish and be even more translucent (click right thumbnail). From Germany (Reinhard Kraft). About 75 days.
Packet of 30 seeds: $1,99


Reisentraube    

The first cluster will bear more than 50 tomatoes! It will be actually so large and heavy that it will practically outgrow the rest of the plant. Large, red cherry tomatoes with pointed ends, 3 to 4 cm long. Small-medium plant. Indeterminate. From Germany, "reisentraube" meaning "buch of grapes". Probably another multiflora type. Old variety grown by the Amish. 80 days.
Sold out.


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Reisetomato    (Reisetomaten, Reisetomate)

An oddity of nature, with cherry tomatoes that are partially fused together into one single fruit. You can easily separate the individual parts like garlic and get clove-like cherry tomatoes (right picture). Not an astounding flavor, but definitely a curiosity that will bring wonder and fun to the garden. From Guatemala.  
Packet of  20 seeds: $1,99


 
Re Umberto

Old italian variety named after King Umberto. Paste type, like Roma and San Marzano, with oval shaped, 6 cm, deep red fruits. For sauces or fresh eating. This one will ripen very slowly on the plant. So make sure to wait until it is turns completely red. About 90 days. Rare!  (This is not the "King Umberto" Tomato.)
Packet of 15 seeds: $1,99

Link:  Re Umberto, a tomato in exile (in italian)


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Richardson 
 

Large pink type being reported to reach huge sizes. Those grown in 2005 reached 11 cm wide and weighed up to 450 g (1 pound). Flattened, lobed fruits like the Watermelon Beefsteak variety. Very nice sweet flavor, well balanced and not too acid, a bit like Marianna's Peace. Also known as The Richardson Tomato. Late type, about 90 days. From the U.S. Rare!
Packet of 10 seeds: $2,99


  Roma Napoli

Determinate. Roma is the ultimate archetype of the italian tomato, with elongated red fruits. Red, meaty fruits, medium size, 55-60 g. For fresh eating or processing: sauce, ketchup, canning, etc. Good tolerance to VF. 75-85 days. Compact plants with good leaf cover. Fruits are similar to the commercial Roma tomatoes sold in markets.
Packet of 25 seeds: $1,99

See also  Martino's Roma, Striped Roma and San Marzano


Roman Candle  (Chandelle Romaine)

Roma type with pale yellow waxy skin. Similar to Banana Legs except it is more meaty and less juicy. Flavor is also milder..
Packet of 20 seeds: $1,99


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Roma Striped         (Striped Roma, Speckled Roma)

Roma variety covered with squiggly lines reminiscent of flames (click on photos). Good flavor too. A conversation piece. Nice for sauce or fresh eating. Meaty fruits, low in juice. 7 cm by 12 cm. 85 days.
Packet of 20 seeds: $1,99


Rosabec                 

Quebec variety yielding nice, pink fruits with a tangy, fresh flavor and an unusual, though pleasant, tart-sour aftertaste. Clusters of 5 to 6 tomatoes, medium size (5 to 7 cm). Smooth skin, nice looking, no cracking. Shape is more or less round (some variations). Compact, determinate plants, around 85 cm high. Early, 65 days. Bred in Quebec by Roger Doucet.

Packet of 20 seeds: $1,99

Rosabec tomatoes are very easy to pick. They also make great tomato juice!



Rosalita

One of the very few pink grape tomatoes out there. Smooth, shiny skin. Very beautiful, look like pink jelly beans. Dark pink hue. 3 cm. Good potential for commercial growers. 65-70 days
Packet of 15 seeds: $2,99


  Rose de Berne  (Berner Rosen)

Swiss variety with dark pink round fruits in clusters of 6 to 8. Medium size, uniform, thin-skinned. Juicy. Balanced flavor, both tangy and sweet. Popular heirloom. Switzerland. 75-80 days.
Packet of 15 seeds: $2,49



Tomato Rosella
         

Cherry tomatoes with beautiful shade of purplish dark pink. Click thumbnails for details. Grow in huge clusters of up to 30 fruits. Can be used fresh or even to make sauce. Thin skin. Taste is a well-balanced mix of sweetness and acidity. Some even detect an aroma of small berries, like blackberry or raspberry (?)  70 days. 
Packet of 10 seeds: $2,99




Rose Quartz

From Japan. Pink cherry tomato with beautiful iridescent skin. Produces well in cool conditions. 65 days.
Packet of 25 seeds: $1,99
 



Rose Quartz Multiflora      


Multiflora sub-type with huge bunches of delicious pink cherry tomatoes. Like the standard Rose Quartz, fruits have the same nice deep pink, iridescent color and the same aromatic, fruity flavor. Large clusters of more than 100 tomatoes each. This variety is also amazingly productive. About 75 days.  Rare, hard to find variety!

Packet of 15 seeds: $2,99



Royal Hillbilly                         

Big tomatoes ripening from pale yellow to coral pink. Plants are amazingly short compared to the size of the fruits they yield (only 60-65 cm high). Large to huge tomatoes (8 to 12 cm), more or less round, flattened and ribbed. Pink-red juicy flesh, with nice sharp, tangy and zesty flavor. Semi determinate. Productive. 75-80 days.
Packet de 15 seeds: $2,49



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