I adore everything about tomatoes... eating them, of course, saucing them, freezing and canning, making ketchup and salsa... but most of all, I really, really, really love growing them.
Heirloom tomatoes are my absolute passion though, all those colours, shapes and sizes.. and that incredible flavour! I fell in love with heirlooms over 20 years ago after (accidently) growing my first one, a tomato called Purple Prince. Till then, I had only seen tidy and well-behaved hybrid tomatoes (not that I knew what a hybrid was back then) that stayed nicely in their little cages and produced perfectly round, medium sized red tomatoes. In retrospect, kind of boring and comparatively speaking, kind of tasteless, too.
Purple Prince was absolutely not boring! It grew and grew and grew! Blew me away with it's gorgeous colouring, taste. vigour, and productivity. I still grow Purple Prince to this very day and it still continues to amaze. I have since added many gorgeous heirlooms to my must-have list of favourites, not one boring hybrid in the midst ; )
I have, however, recently started to test out some of the new, open-pollinated varieties. Tomatoes from the Dwarf Tomato Project, Artisan Tomatoes, and Wild Boar Farm. Some of these may well be the heirlooms of tomorrow.