Packed with exceptional amounts of vitamins and minerals, tomatoes are among the most nutritious foods. There are more than 7,500 varieties of them, and they are chock-full of lycopene, which improves health and helps prevent certain types of cancer. Some of the most nutritious types of tomatoes are heirloom varieties.
Of the more than 600 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, brandywines are one of the most nutritious. A vigorous producer, brandywines yield rosy tomatoes that weigh 1 to 2 pounds. Brandywines are noted for their rich flavor and creamy texture. They taste great in soups, sauces and salads, and make a great topper for hamburgers and sandwiches.
This Russian-borne tomato variety was voted the best-tasting heirloom tomato in a Los Angeles event called Tomatomania. Black plum tomato plants produce loads of nutritious tomatoes, each one 2 to 3 inches long and deep red. The sweet and tart flavor of this tomato makes it scrumptious in soups and sauces. It tastes great in salads and is a yummy snack as well.
These giant tomatoes are delicious and nutritious. Goliath tomatoes get their name from their sprawling foliage and tremendous fruit. These large early tomatoes produce hefty, red fruit right up until frost. These tomatoes usually weigh in at 1 to 2 pounds, but it is not unusual for this variety to reach 3 pounds. Disease-resistant and hardy, Goliath tomatoes are bursting with vitamins, minerals, and sweet, juicy flavor.
The fruit of this heirloom variety is full of nutritional value. Famous for their bright, golden color, sun gold tomatoes remain yellow even at the peak of ripeness. The sweet and citrus flavor of this cherry tomato makes it an all-around favorite. Sun gold tomato plants produce an abundant supply of half-ounce fruits in warm and cool conditions.
Giant Belgium tomatoes are prized for their tasty, nutritious flavor and giant size. Similar to the Goliath tomato, giant Belgium tomatoes usually weigh around 2 pounds, but can reach 5 pounds. These are fat, meaty tomatoes with few seeds. Giant Belgiums are great for cooking and canning.