"It's not a matter of life or death - it's far more important than that"*. And the tomato is far more important that just a vegetable (or a fruit). It is cultural icon, a good vs evil masterpiece and the pin up (vegetable or fruit) for the home growing revolution.
There has never been a greater fall from grace (forget the Roman Empire, forget Brittany Spears). Once widely recognised as an aphrodisiac, the modern tomato often goes unnoticed in a salad or a sandwich. It has become the wedge or slice of hydration, more an ingredient that add moisture to a meal than a flavour in itself. Once typified by atypical size, colour, shape and taste, this fading legend is now as uniform and in sync as the military of a dictatorship.
But the tomato is making a comeback and it gathers momentum now. It is the one variety that gets people out of bed each spring (and maybe back in bed circa summer...hubba, hubba). It seems to stir something inside - helping to raise our joint middle finger to the mass produced, homogenised food industry that has stolen it from us. We now have the responsibility of putting the colour back into the tomato, and back into food in general, and we're doing it at our ground zero - the veggie patch.
With more than 3000 varieties in its extended family it is hard to know where to begin. Cherries, beefsteaks, hybrids, the ones smuggled in from Italy by your friend's cousin's grandfather? This is not a time for indecisiveness. It is clarity and focus that are needed. So let us provide it for you with our Top 10 Best Tomato Varieties (in no particular order...because it'd be like naming your favourite child)