The best tomatoes for slicing are generally those big, meaty tomatoes that are perfect for adding to sandwiches, subs, or just sliced up on a plate and enjoyed by themselves.
Tomatoes for slicing are typically a staple in my tomato garden, and I always make sure to have at least seven or eight different slicing varieties in my vegetable garden each year.
Here are my top ten best tomatoes for slicing, starting with heirloom varieties and ending with some hybrids.
Five Best Heirloom Tomatoes for Slicing
I simply love Brandywine tomatoes, and they are definitely one of my favorites!
Brandywine dates back to around 1885 and feature large, beefsteak-like tomatoes, with plants that have leaves similar to a potato plant. They fruit also comes in varying colors like red, pink, orange, and yellow.
The Mortgage Lifter heirloom tomato is another very popular tomato for slicing. It features large, pinkish fruit that can reach over 1 lb in size.
These tomatoes were developed by a man who took one tomato plant and crossed it with the pollen from three other plants. He then grew this new tomato out for six seasons until it was stable.
He then sold the tomato plants for $1 a piece until he paid off his mortgage.
That's when he named it the "Mortgage Lifter".
The Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato has a sweet, fresh tomato taste and is believed to have come from the Cherokee Indians.
The large fruit features a dark red color that gently turn purplish-green at the shoulders.
Beefsteak heirloom tomatoes are large, ribbed fruit that can grow between one to two pounds in size.
The solid, meaty, and juicy tomatoes make them a slicing favorite among many gardeners.
The Black Krim heirloom tomato is a medium-sized, dark red beefsteak, with a rich, smokey, somewhat salty flavor. This delicious heirloom tomato has quickly become a favorite to many tomato lovers.
It is believed to have originated on a peninsula in the Black Sea named Crimea.
Five Best Hybrid Tomatoes for Slicing
Big Beef hybrid tomatoes are a previous All-America winner that features very large, red fruit that is juicy and highly flavorful.
You can also expect very large yields from this tomato in most regions.
Steak Sandwich tomatoes grow large and have that old-fashioned tomato taste that is perfect for sandwiches or salads.
They grow firm even when fully ripe which makes them very easy to slice for a good BLT or hamburger. Plants produce high yields well into fall.
Red October tomato is an indeterminate that is most noted for its long shelf-life during storage. These tomatoes grew big eight ounce fruit that are bright red, juicy fruits.
They become fully ripe in the fall and will keep three to four weeks longer than most other varieties. They also have good disease resistance.
Bucks County tomatoes grow to a large eight to ten ounce size with deep red coloring and a tremendous tomato flavor. This tomato is prized for its meaty and smooth texture.
A great slicing tomato that can be coupled with onion and basil for the perfect sandwich.
Porterhouse tomatoes grow to a whopping two to four pounds and burst with awesome flavor. These guys can get so big they will hang out over the bread when making a sandwich!
They grow a medium red color and have a good blend of meaty texture with just the right amount of juiciness. If you love huge tomatoes with great flavor, then Porterhouse is just what you need.
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