The Best Yellow Tomato Plants

Tomatoes are red, right? While you're more likely to find only red tomatoes at the supermarket, different varieties of tomatoes can display a rainbow of colors, from purple to green to yellow. Yellow tomatoes can be large, cherry-size, or pear and Roma types. Yellow tomatoes grow like all tomatoes and make attractive additions to salads that also contain red tomatoes. Many yellow tomatoes are heirlooms, so by growing them we can help to keep biodiversity alive.

Dixie Golden Giant

Within only 85 days of planting, the Dixie Golden Giant yellow tomato begins producing very large beefsteak-type tomatoes that are a lemony yellow and have a sweet taste. Fruits of this heirloom variety can grow to almost 2 pounds each. Because they are so large, they make excellent slices for hamburgers and other sandwiches. The plants are indeterminate, meaning they continue growing throughout their growing season in summer. And the harvest you gather will be a large one.

Galina's Cherry Tomato

For a rich flavor in a small cherry-type tomato, the Galina is a winner. Coming from Siberia, the Galina produces large clusters of quarter-size fruits within 75 days of planting. According to Tomato Growers.com, the Galina "has richness and complexity that makes it very tasty." They make nice additions to salads or for healthy snacks. Its vines are indeterminate, so they continue flowering and producing lots of this good-snacking tomato until fall.

Plum Lemon Tomato

The plum lemon tomato hails from Russia. The 3-inch, solid fruits are shaped like lemons with pointed ends. They are similar to paste tomatoes and good for sauces and salsas. Plants are indeterminate and heavy producers when grown in rich soil during warm summers. Expect to begin harvesting the plum lemon tomato about 80 days after you set out young plants.

Yellow Canary Tomato

The yellow canary tomato is a good choice if you have limited space, such as an apartment balcony or small yard. The plant is a determinate dwarf variety, so you can grow the yellow canary in a pot as small as 7 inches or a hanging basket and expect to harvest 1-ounce tomatoes within 55 days of planting. The flavor of this snack-size tomato is "quite tasty," according to Tomato Growers.com. The yellow canary can tolerate lower light levels than the bright sun requirement that many other types of tomatoes have.

Yellow Pear Tomato

This sweet miniature tomato, shaped like a small pear, is sometimes called "garden candy." The tall, indeterminate plants produce abundant clusters of clear yellow tomatoes that grow up to 2 inches long. Yellow pear tomatoes make an interesting addition to salads when you add them whole. Expect to begin harvesting yellow pear tomatoes about 78 days after you plant them.

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Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hiā€˜iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Barbara wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, GardenGuides.com and eHow.com. She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.