We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Are Orange Tomatoes?

Mary McMahon
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
DelightedCooking is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At DelightedCooking, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Simply put, orange tomatoes are tomatoes which are orange, rather than the more conventional red. When people talk about orange tomatoes, they are either referring to certain heirloom tomato varieties which are orange in color, or to a specially bred tomato varietal which has very high amounts of beta-carotene. In either case, the tomato might look a bit weird and certainly distinctive, with a bright orange exterior and an orange interior. However, orange tomatoes taste just like regular tomatoes, although they will of course produce orange ketchup, tomato sauce, and juice blends.

In the world of heirloom tomatoes, tomatoes come in a lot of colors. In addition to classic red, heirlooms also come in orange, yellow, green, and purple. It is also not uncommon to see tomato varietals which are streaked with multiple colors. Some famous heirloom orange varieties include: Dad's Sunset, Golden Jubilee, Orange King, Sweet Orange, Patio Orange, Dr. Wyche's Yellow, and Yellow Brandywines. Each of these varieties has a distinctive appearance, texture, and flavor.

Orange tomatoes in the heirloom garden come in a range of sizes, from tiny cherry tomatoes to big, juicy beefsteaks. Many people like to grow heirloom tomatoes because they look unusual, and also because they tend to be packed with flavor, and the flavor is more complex and interesting than that of an ordinary red supermarket tomato. Orange varieties can be used in salads, juices, pizzas, sauces, and so forth, adding flavor and color. They also tend to be lower in acid than red tomatoes, which can be appealing for people who have been told to eat a low acid diet.

Orange tomatoes illustrate the incredible diversity of heirloom tomato varieties. If you think of tomatoes as insipid red vegetables piled up in the produce section or stuffed into cans, you haven't had an opportunity to see the range of colors, shapes, sizes, and flavors in the tomato world. A farmers' market or greengrocer is a good place to start when searching for new tomato varieties, and you can also try your hand at growing them at home, using seeds or sprouts which can be obtained from garden stores or heirloom tomato suppliers.

John R. Stommel, an agricultural researcher in Maryland, has produced a very special orange tomato varietal. His orange varieties are that color because they have an extremely high percentage of beta-carotene, the same substance which turns carrots and pumpkins orange. This substance is incredibly valuable in the human diet; Stommel hoped to make beta-carotene consumption easier with his orange tomatoes, which had not been released on the open market as of 2008, although they are likely to appear soon.

DelightedCooking is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a DelightedCooking researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments
By anon967525 — On Aug 28, 2014

I must like the acidity of the red tomatoes since I prefer their taste over the more bland orange. But any homegrown tomato tastes better than anything you find in your local supermarket.

By anon344085 — On Aug 05, 2013

I came here because I've just begun growing tomatoes for the first time. Strangely, one, of a group of what will be red, dropped to the ground early, still very green. I took it in the house, put it in a brown bag about two-three weeks ago and now it is orange, feeling tender (so I think it is ripe). What I don't understand is why it is orange when all of the rest of the plant are growing red?

By anon173441 — On May 07, 2011

You forgot to mention an old orange heirloom tomato, the Amana. I have had these and they are large and wonderful! I'm looking for a plant to put in my small garden this year. Also a big fan of pink tomatoes!

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.