You can enjoy tomato varieties in a virtual crayon box of bold colors. Different hues offer distinctive flavors, so try the whole spectrum
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Cindy Martin loves tomatoes. She and her husband, George, own The Tasteful Garden, a mail-order nursery in Chulafinnee, Alabama, where they grow plants for vegetable and herb gardens. "The colors of tomatoes can greatly impact their flavors by determining how acidic, sweet, bitter, or mild they will be," Cindy explains. "From solid colors to stripes and from dark purple to rusty red, rosy pink, pale yellow, orange, and gold, tomatoes can cover a wide range of colors and flavors. I think tomatoes attract us with their colors, and then we also get to enjoy their fantastic flavors plus nutritional benefits such as vitamins and antioxidants."
The following generalizations often hold true for tomatoes. But every rule has its exception, so take these as you would your favorite tomato—with a grain of salt!