Invasion of The Yellow Tomato

By DB
@dgobucks226 (12201)
August 29, 2017 9:39am CST
As Summer draws to a close my garden is sprouting strange looking colored tomatoes different from the usual red ones it produces. You see, I bought some tomato plants this year called "Lemon Boy" from the local nursey to try out. To my surprise I am reaping the benefits of my experimentation, as these tomatoes are ripening in great numbers. I tried my first one yesterday and the yellow tomato has such a sweet mild flavor, delicious! Looks like I will be eating a lot of BLT's, tomato sandwiches and sliced tomato salads well into September. I am up to the challenge! Here is a little history behind the yellow tomato for my curious readers. For the very health conscious you can't beat the red tomatoes. They contain three times as much lycopene, a cancer preventer. They also have less sodium than the yellow ones. One plus for the yellow tomato is the acidity level. They are much lower than the traditional color tomato which if beneficial to people suffering when eating acid foods, or have "GERD" related digestive symptoms. I also found this information about the origins of the yellow tomato from "specialitysource.com" that might be of interest. In 1544, the Italian herbalist Mattioli was the first to describe the Yellow tomato fruits in Europe, referring to them in Latin as “mala aurea”, translated as “the golden apple”. The Italians also called the fruit “pomodoro”, Italian for “golden apple”, which is why it is believed that the first tomatoes known to Europeans were actually yellow and not red. It wasn't until later on in 1554 that Mattioli mentioned a red variety in his work. In closing, it can be fun and sometimes beneficial to try out new things. I like the fact that the yellow tomato has less acid, because I am sensitive to these type foods. The red tomatoes are still a big part of my garden, but it is nice to have the variety that the yellow ones provide. To my fellow gardeners, what type of tomatoes do you grow? Have you ever tried growing different types of tomatoes? Which kind is your favorite to eat? Sources- NY Times, Prevention, Wise Geek & specialtiysource.com Amateur Photo is mine
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• United States
29 Aug
I've never had a yellow tomato but it's interesting to know the health differences between the red and yellow
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
Oh thanks Marilyn, I thought that info was interesting myself. It is good to know some of the benefits!
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@FayeHazel (18027)
• United States
29 Aug
I planted Lemon Boy last year and was impressed with it's yield, and the big sunshine yellow tomatoes -- very pretty! This year I stuck with Romas mostly they are nice to work with for canning.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
Good to know about the Romas for canning Faye. I also planted beefsteaks which are coming in nicely. I just picked one the size of a softball. I can't bring myself to eat it
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@FayeHazel (18027)
• United States
30 Aug
@dgobucks226 Beefsteak is a good one! Wow, softball size! That's a nice tomato.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
@FayeHazel I picked that one before the squirrels or other critters noticed it! Those beefsteaks make a nice slicing tomato
@amadeo (65992)
• United States
29 Aug
your so right on the information on this.We do at times.But not this year.Just the red.We were a bit lazy this year.LOL
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
Thanks for the response Alfredo. Yes, it does require some extra effort.
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@amadeo (65992)
• United States
30 Aug
@dgobucks226 It is worth it.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
@amadeo Yes, I take great pride when they come in and I'm eating home grown tomatoes
@Corbin5 (106592)
• United States
29 Aug
We have only planted red tomatoes, but I have tasted yellow tomatoes, and they are good. I love both red and yellow.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
The yellows are kind of unique and taste good. Fun to experiment
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@Kandae11 (37122)
29 Aug
I have never seen or tasted yellow tomatoes, but I would be happy to try them.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
They are very good, mild taste and easy on the stomach.
@JeeyanDee (2722)
29 Aug
Does it taste different compared to the red ones?
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
To my taste, it is sweeter with a milder flavor perhaps. Great for slicing and putting on sandwiches and salads. But I also have red ones which taste great too.
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@JeeyanDee (2722)
30 Aug
@dgobucks226 Hmmm. Could it be that yellow ones are better for sandwiches, while the red ones for cooking?
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
@JeeyanDee I did see something on line on Amazon for canned yellow tomatoes. Boy they will sell anything You can use any for canning but the paste type tomato has fewer seeds and is best Here are some of the more popular canned tomatoes: Roma, Jersey Giant, Sam Marzano and Amish paste.
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@just4him (117271)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Aug
This is the first time I've heard of the yellow tomato. Very interesting.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
Thanks, I've seen the yellows before but had not planted them until this year.
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@just4him (117271)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Aug
@dgobucks226 I haven't seen any in the store, but I'll look for them in the future. I probably need to go to a different store for them.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
@just4him I think they are more common in specialty stores like Whole Foods, our Shop Rite in NJ sells them. We also have a lot of farm markets where I live that will carry them. Definitely, not an easy find unless you buy the plants and grow them yourself.
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@LadyDuck (157720)
• Switzerland
29 Aug
As you know we did not have tomatoes in Italy before Columbus discovered the America in 1492. It is true that the first tomatoes were yellow. The Europeans considered the tomatoes poisonous until the beginning of the year 1700. We still call the tomato "pomodoro" no matter which color it is. I grow tomatoes of different colors in my garden, from yellow to purple.
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@averygirl72 (16656)
• Philippines
30 Aug
There are purple tomatoes?
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@LadyDuck (157720)
• Switzerland
30 Aug
@averygirl72 Yes there are purple tomatoes and there are also black tomatoes.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
Thank you for this additional information Anna
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@sallypup (27136)
• Moses Lake, Washington
29 Aug
Its that time of year for sure. Cherry tomatoes with lunch and supper, too. Sweet like fruit not rocky like store 'maters. I grew yellow ones last year. There is also a yellow pear shaped tomato.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
Yes, I've seen the pear shaped ones. I planted some cherry tomatoes. They are sweet and go great in my salads I enjoy trying different varieties.
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@sallypup (27136)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Aug
@dgobucks226 I planted roma tomatoes last year and don't plan to do so ever again. They tasted and had the texture of store tomatoes! I generally only plant cherry tomatoes now. Like you said, sweet and perfect for snacking and salads.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
@sallypup From what I've read about Roma's they are very good for canning/sauce. Appreciate the feedback!
@velvet53 (16623)
• Palisade, Colorado
30 Aug
Those look good. I like your story on them too. I like the red ones but would gladly try a yellow one. Now I heard they have blue tomatoes out.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
It is amazing what colors and kinds they come up with. Never seen a blue one before.
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@velvet53 (16623)
• Palisade, Colorado
30 Aug
@dgobucks226 I hadn't either until this year. I really didn't see the blue in them.
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@averygirl72 (16656)
• Philippines
30 Aug
Nice to learn about this yellow or yellow orange tomatoes. I'm used to seeing tomatoes as red. I see yellow green tomatoes because they are not yet ripe
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
Thanks for your comment! It is a bit strange. They all start as green and to see them change is interesting.
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• United States
29 Aug
I had never had a yellow tomato but have seen them. I have had the green and red only. I bet they are wonderful DB. Good you got some to eat now.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
Yes, OT. I am getting quite a few. They are coming in faster than I can eat them. I will give some to my neighbor for sure.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
29 Aug
I like yellow tomatoes. It feels a little weird eating them,but I like them.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
My first one I had, I was thinking ok, what is this going to taste like? But they are tasty!
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@marlina (73882)
• Canada
29 Aug
I guess I should look into buying the yellow tomatoes as I have lots of trouble with GERD
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
It's worth a try. I tolerate the yellows very well
@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
1 Sep
I have honestly never eaten a yellow tomato, and if our stores sell them then I have not noticed. But, it is great you now have a variety for sandwiches and salads, DB.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
1 Sep
Yes, I like tomatoes. Now I just have to get my skin to stop turning a yellowish-red color, ha
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
3 Sep
@dgobucks226 , Lol, I hope you figure something out, can't be walking about a yellowish-red
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
4 Sep
@bluesa I know red was bad enough! And I've got enough tomatoes for the month of September
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@RubyHawk (25455)
• Atlanta, Georgia
3 Sep
I don't grow any at this time because I live in an apartment but I used to grow the yellow and red tomatoes. Yellows are much sweeter of the two but I like the acidic bite of the red.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
4 Sep
Very true about the tomatoes taste Ruby. I enjoy the different varieties! Here is a photo of my giant beefsteak I ate with friends over the weekend. I hated to slice it but it was ripe and ready to be eaten!
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@RubyHawk (25455)
• Atlanta, Georgia
5 Sep
@dgobucks226 It's a beautiful beefsteak. I would hate to cut it too but they don't last long. They go bad quickly.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
5 Sep
@RubyHawk Yes, it needed to be eaten. I made short work of it!!
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@JohnRoberts (57235)
• Los Angeles, California
30 Aug
All my life I have never liked tomatoes. Shocking isn't it! My father used to grow them.
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@dgobucks226 (12201)
30 Aug
I never liked them until I got older, John. It must of been an acquired taste for me. I enjoy them best on sandwiches. But yes, that is shocking news! Your salads could of used some company
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@SonjaRae (4895)
• United States
11 Sep
I wish we were neighbors, I'd be shopping in your backyard! Speaking of gardening how are the pumpkins doing?