Choosing the right tomato

With more than 6,000 varieties available to plant in your garden, selecting the right tomato can be a little overwhelming. Burpee Home Gardens has removed most of the guesswork by selecting the best tried-and-true varieties, but some tomatoes are better for specific uses than others. There are varieties for paste, salsa, salads, sauces, soups, and best of all, for eating fresh on sandwiches and burgers.

Here’s a foolproof chart showing the best uses for your Gardens tomatoes.

Variety Days to Harvest Fruit Size Determinate/ Indeterminate Hors d'oeurvres Sauces/ Paste/ Salsa Slicing/ Sandwiches Salads
Better Boy 70-75 M IND     X X
Big Beef 73 L IND     X  
Big Mama Hybrid 80 S IND   X    
Brandy Boy Hybrid 78 M IND   X X X
Burpee's Big Boy 78 M IND   X X X
Bush Early Girl 63 S DET   X X X
BushSteak Hybrid 65 S DET   X X X
Celebrity 72 M DET   X X X
Champion II 65 L IND     X  
Early Girl 59 S IND   X X X
Fourth of July 49 S IND   X X X
Fresh Salsa 65-75 S DET   X X  
Lemon Boy 72 M IND     X X
Napa Grape Hybrid 65 C IND X     X
Old Time Tasty 70 M IND     X  
Steak Sandwich Hybrid 70 L IND   X X X
Sungold 65 C IND X     X
Supersteak Hybrid 80 L IND   X X X
SuperTasty 70 M DET   X X X
Sweet 100 70 C IND X     X
Sweet Seedless 70 S IND   X X X
Tomatoberry 80 C IND X     X