Although red tomatoes are the most common and widely recognized, tomatoes can come in a variety of colors depending on the specific variety. The color of tomatoes is affected by pigments, and different pigments produce different colors. Here are some common colors of tomatoes :
This is the most common and well-known color of tomatoes. Varieties such as steak tomatoes, roma tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes often appear a bright red color when ripe.
Yellow and orange tomatoes:
Some tomato varieties, such as pineapple, golden and orange oxheart, produce yellow or orange tomatoes. These tomatoes are usually sweeter than red tomatoes.
Green tomatoes are unripe tomatoes and they can come in different shades of green. While many tomatoes are red when ripe, some varieties, such as Green Zebra, are intentionally grown to be harvested and eaten while still green.
Purple and Indigo Tomatoes:
Certain tomato varieties, such as Black Cream and Indigo Rose tomatoes, take on a dark purple or indigo color when ripe. These tomatoes typically have a rich and complex flavor.
Striped or bicolor tomatoes:
Some tomatoes have a combination of colors, have stripes or patches. One example is the Brandy variety, which can have red and green stripes.
White tomatoes, such as 'White Miracle' or 'Ivory Egg', are pale or ivory-colored when ripe. They have a mild flavor and can be used in a variety of dishes.
Pink tomatoes, such as Mortgage Lifter, have a soft pink or salmon color. They usually have a sweet and mild flavor.
Brown or chocolate tomatoes:
Varieties such as Cherokee Purple or Chocolate Stripe produce tomatoes with brown or chocolate-colored skins. These tomatoes are known for their rich, earthy flavor.
Colorful Cherry Tomatoes:
Some cherry tomato varieties come in a variety of colors, including red, yellow, orange, and even purple. This adds visual interest and variety to salads and dishes.
It’s worth noting that a tomato’s color can also indicate its ripeness and flavor characteristics. While red tomatoes are associated with full ripeness in many varieties, other colors may indicate ripeness depending on the specific variety. Additionally, tomatoes of different colors and varieties vary greatly in flavor.