The Other Colors Of Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes sharing the space with our hyacinth bean plant.
Cherry tomatoes sharing the space with our hyacinth bean plant. | Source

Is it a fruit or is it a vegetable?

It is one stuff we also enjoy along with our salad, as a snack, salsa and on pizza. And maybe most of us have only seen it in two colors : red and yellow. But cherry tomato also comes in other colors aside from yellow and red.

But wait, is it a vegetable or a fruit? Most of us think that tomatoes are vegetables since it is use in cooking, but technically, tomato is a fruit!

Cherry tomato originated from Chile and Peru and these tomatoes are smaller in shape of what we use to see and buy in the market. They also come in different shapes and color which makes it interesting and fun. Some cherry tomato are perfectly round, while others are oblong in shape and still, there's some that are pear shape.

And if talking about some health benefits of this colorful cherry tomatoes, they are a good source of lycopene which helps to maintain men's prostate health. Also a good source of C vitamin and A vitamin. (Now this makes me believe more that my uncle's habit of eating tomatoes since childhood is his secret for good eyesight. He was the oldest in my mother's siblings and he's the only one who still not using eyeglasses, and he's in his 70's right now.) Back to the topic, here's the other colors of cherry tomatoes.

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Cherry tomatoes in its white color. (Italian Ice)
Cherry tomatoes in its white color. (Italian Ice)
Cherry tomatoes in its white color. (Italian Ice) | Source

Italian Ice

The first thing that came to my mind why this cherry tomato was called "italian Ice" was because of the color. I could be right. And it could also be because this is a good cooling off snack choice.

Anyway, this hybrid variety of cherry tomato is sweet and juicy and could be a good way to cool off during hot days. Just put some "Italian Ice" on your fridge along with other fruits or other cherry tomato varieties and it could be a healthy treat for you. You might also try make a juice out of it and put some ice and drops of lime juice (or any other fruits you could think of.)

If you want to grow this on your garden, this tomato grows up to 6 feet in height and requires full sun and is a prolific one. The plant would mature within 65 days which soon enable you to enjoy the juicy fruits.


Sun Cherry
Sun Cherry | Source

Suncherry

These colorful bright red cherry tomatoes are round and sweet (and there are people who says "super sweet .") This cherry tomatoes are eye catching and somehow it makes me think these are really cherries!

I can imagine someone who will eat the fruits fresh from the plant as these bright colored red tomatoes are inviting. The plant grows for up to 6 feet in height and is indeterminate and requires 55 to 68 days of maturity. Great for salads, snacks, and even on home made pizzas.

Green cherry tomato. (Aunt Ruby's German Cherry)
Green cherry tomato. (Aunt Ruby's German Cherry) | Source

Aunt Ruby's German Green

I'd say this cherry tomato is a tricky one since it is color green, one wouldn't be sure when it would be ready since there's no changing of color, thou the plant may still produce a colored red tomatoes.

But for the taste, the 1 to 2 ounce green fruits are flavorful and could add fun too on your dishes where you usually add tomatoes of other colors. The plants itself is fruitful in case you are planning to grow Aunt Ruby's German cherry tomato.

Yellow cherry tomatoes
Yellow cherry tomatoes | Source
Egg yolk cherry tomato
Egg yolk cherry tomato | Source

Yellow Pear

These yellow pear cherry tomatoes are from our patio. And what fun about this is that, this has been the tallest cherry tomato we have ever planted.

The fruits are sweet, juicy and I can say it has a long shelf life after being picked. My mom enjoys these cherry tomatoes in her salad and Philippine style sauces for friend fishes.

Our very first cherry tomato was from a bird and we're all thankful of that. It surprised us that it ripens in about almost 2 inches because we really thought these was Roman tomatoes as mom and dad had planted some. Anyway, after that very first cherry, it had been self seeding every year.


Egg yolk

And another variety here which is also color yellow but is more of a perfect round is the "egg yolk" cherry tomato.

Why it is called egg yolk cherry tomato? Your guessed was probably as good as mine. That is because one would think it is an egg yolk on the first look specially if cut in halves. Try in on your salad too as it is also sweet like the other cherry tomatoes.

Purple to dark colored cherry tomato
Purple to dark colored cherry tomato | Source

Black Pearl

This hybrid round cherry tomatoes are flavorful and sweet! It's darkish color is one characteristic that is attractive about this tomato.

The tomato plant can grow for up to 5 feet tall and is doing better in disease resistance than other varieties. Could be a good choice for a quick snack too, or can be added to salads if you are fond of colorful and healthy foods.


New Orange Sunshine Cherry tomato
New Orange Sunshine Cherry tomato | Source

Orange sunshine

Loves color orange?

If you love the color orange you might fall in love with this beautiful bright orange cherry tomato. They are sweet too and has a firm texture. If you enjoy experimenting recipes that calls for tomatoes, these varieties would be a kitchen treasure.

The plant that matures in 58 days is indeterminate and somehow resistant to diseases which makes it a good choice for a cherry tomato plant.

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Carmen H 4 years ago

What an eye-opener and a quick kitchen guide! I did not know there were so many types of cherry tomatoes. Thanks for sharing about them on HubPages. Really useful and interesting. Linking to my hub about the Japanese mountain yam.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego Author

Hi Carmen. Thank you! And I linked you back as I love your hub too :) It is really useful. I've been having a hard time here on my area looking for mountain yams as I am wanting to try this Japanese recipe "takoyaki." I leanred a lot from your post :)


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Pannonica 4 years ago

Thank you for the info, I love tomatoes and thought I knew all about them. Great hub and beautiful photos.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego Author

Thanks for the comment. It's been starting to be my adventure to find these other colors of veges and fruits. ^.^'


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Patsybell 4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

I love all these different cherry tomatoes. I think my favorite are the little pear tomatoes. Up and useful.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego Author

Thanks Patsybell! ^-^' They sure add colors to the yard too. :) Thanks for the comment and visit :)

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