6 Creative Ways to Use Heirloom Tomatoes

Meet the ugly ducklings of the tomato family: oddly shaped, splotchy, and split, but also spectacular. Heirlooms are rare—and, yes, pricey—varieties grown for pure-summer flavor, not picture-perfect looks. These recipes let their inner beauty shine.

Rainbow Bright

Some of the common heirloom varieties you’ll find in the market (also shown here) include: Brandywines, which are similar to beefsteaks; Sungolds, which are like cherry tomatoes but sweeter; and tart, firm Green Zebras—try frying ’em!

Rosemary Lamb With Tomato-Yogurt Sauce Tomato and Cantaloupe Shrub Charred Tomatoes
and Peppers

Rosemary Lamb With Tomato-Yogurt Sauce

Tomato and Cantaloupe Shrub

Charred Tomatoes and Peppers

Tomato-Watermelon Granita Southern Tomato Sandwich Green Gazpacho

Tomato-Watermelon Granita

Southern Tomato Sandwich

Green Gazpacho

Recipes by Robin Bashinsky