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Heirloom Tomato Varieties

By Stett Holbrook

THE CLARITY of the early morning light, the crispness of the air and blue blue sky says fall is upon us. That and the abundance of beautiful heirloom tomatoes now flooding local farmers markets. Soon fall will turn to winter and the tomatoes will be gone, so savor summerís swan song before theyíre gone. Here are five heirloom varieties worth seeking out.

Brandywine: One of the first heirloom varieties to go mainstream, this big red tomato has a juicy, sweet flavor with a touch of acidity.

Green Zebra: Beautiful mottled green and yellow color and a tart, lemon-lime flavor.

Marvel Striped: A big yellow tomato originally from Mexico thatís juicy and great for slicing.

Vintage White: Not white at all but red with blotches of yellow. Brilliantly sweet flavor with a hint of acidity.

Zapotec Pleated: Named after its indigenous Mexican origins, this deeply ribbed red tomato is great raw or cooked. Try stuffing it.

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From the September 14-20, 2005 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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