Originally published in Midwestern Vegetable Variety Trial Report for 2001. Compiled by Mario R. Morales and Liz Maynard. Bulletin No. 808. Dept. of Horticulture and Office of Agricultural Research Programs, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, Indiana. December 2001.


Colorful tomato salads are a seasonal menu item for some restaurants. The many colors of tomato fruit available include orange, green, white, yellow and, of course, red. Producers growing for this market have a choice of several cultivars of each color, and sometimes several fruit shapes within a color. Many of the cultivars are open-pollinated but some hybrids are available. Prior experience at Rhoads Farm and elsewhere has shown that many open-pollinated cultivars yield poorly under Indiana conditions, making them an unprofitable crop. The trials presented in this report were established to evaluate tomato cultivars for the restaurant salad market.


variety trials, tomatoes, vegetables, Solanum lycopersicum, Lycopersicon esculentum, salads

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