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Heirloom tomato NAMES may not reflect actual tomato COLORS.  To help identify true tomato colors try using our color chart.

 

Anthocyanin Fruit

Anthocyanin

Anthocyanin pigments are responsible for the red, purple, and blue colors of many fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, and flowers.  They have long been the subject of investigation by botanists and plant physiologists because of their roles as pollination attractants and phytoprotective agents.  Anthocyanin is seen mostly on the skin and outer flesh of the fruit. Can be any flesh color or skin type.

Brown, Black or Chocolate

Brown (AKA Black or Chocolate)

Persistent chlorophyll, ripe fruit purplish-brown color with yellow skin. Flesh tones can vary from variety to variety but should be close to the pictured example.

Fruit Stripe Tomatos

Fruit stripe (Fs)

Fruit stripes = dark green radial stripes opposite the fruit locules that tend to fade as the fruit matures. An example would be the tomato called "Indian Stripe"

Green & Red Bi-color

Green & Red Bi-color

Green when ripe fruits with parts of fruit flesh that turn red. The fruit exterior can look like a typical green when ripe or have red flesh that is visible through the skin. Clear or yellow skin.

Green Stripe (gs)

Green Stripe (gs)

Green stripe (gs) = irregular green stripes in skin of unripe fruit. When fruit ripens the stripes will either stay green or turn yellow depending on variety.
 

Green When Ripe

Green When Ripe

Persistent chlorophyll, ripe fruit remains green when ripe. Clear or yellow skin.

Orange Tomatoes

Orange

Fruit flesh orange colored. Clear or yellow Skin. Flesh tones can vary from variety to variety but should be close to the pictured example.

Pink Tomatoes

Pink

Pink tomatoes and red tomatoes share one thing in common, red flesh. Flesh tones will vary among varieties. Pink tomatoes have clear skin.

Purple Tomatoes

 

Purple

Persistent chlorophyll, ripe fruit purplish color with clear skin. Flesh tones can vary from variety to variety but should be close to the pictured example.

Red Tomatoes

 

Red

Red tomatoes and Pink tomatoes share one thing in common, red flesh. Flesh tones will vary among varieties. Red tomatoes have yellow skin.

Red & Yellow Bi-color

Red & Yellow Bi-color

Red in yellow flesh. Clear or Yellow skin. Flesh tones can vary from variety to variety but should be close to the pictured example.

Tri-color or Multi-color

Tri-color or Multi-color

Red in yellow flesh with persistant chlorophyll creating multiple colors in the flesh of the tomato. Clear or Yellow skin. The TIE-DYE is for humor but at the same time to represent the awesome Berkeley TIE-DYE. The tomato pictured is Captain Lucky.

White Tomatoes

 

White

Pale yellow almost "white" fruit, with clear skin. Flesh tones can vary from variety to variety but should be close to the pictured example.

Yellow Tomatoes

Yellow

Yellow color of ripe fruit flesh with clear or yellow skin. Flesh tones can vary from variety to variety but should be close to the pictured example.