Tomato & Pepper Varieties

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown in home gardens, according to the University of Illinois, and peppers aren't far behind. There are hundreds of varieties of the versatile tomato, from large steak tomatoes to bite-sized cherry tomatoes. Sweet pepper varieties are the most commonly grown by pepper lovers. Choose the varieties of tomatoes and peppers that grow best in your climate.

Mountain Spring

Mountain spring is a medium-early variety tomato. These tomatoes are harvested early in the season and ripen in 65 days. The fruit averages about 9 oz., grows in the shape of a globe and has very smooth skin. The plant is bushy and disease-resistant.

Early Girl

Early girl is an indeterminate tomato plant, which means it needs a support structure to grow well. Also an early harvester, this tomato is most often used in salads and performs well in taste tests, according to Washington State University. This tomato grows well in cool, wet climates such as the Pacific Northwest.


Floramerica is one of a group of midseason tomato varieties called "main-crop red." This group, which ripens in 75 days, is the most commonly harvested commercially. Floramerica plants produce high-quality fruit, according to the University of Illinois, with bright red skin. Each tomato weighs around 12 oz.

Bell Boy

Bell boy is a hybrid pepper that changes from green to red as it ripens. This sweet pepper harvests in 70 days. Like many peppers, it can be harvested while still green, according to Ohio State University.


This variety is popular used in salads or for stir-frying, according to the University of Illinois. Gypsy harvests in about 65 days and changes from yellow to orange and finally red as it ripens.


There are two types of Cayenne peppers, according to the University of Illinois. These are hot peppers and are used primarily in recipes. One type is broad and thick and harvests in 70 days. The other is long and slender, and harvests in 70 days. Both are commonly called cayenne.

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April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. She has worked as an educator and now writes academic research content for EBSCO Publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.