Yellow tomatoes: the best yellow tomato varieties & how to grow them

Regina
Regina
Regina
Regina

I studied horticultural sciences at university and in my free time you can find me in my own patch of land, growing anything with roots. I am particularly passionate about self-sufficiency and seasonal food.

Favourite fruit: quince, cornelian cherry and blueberries
Favourite vegetables: peas, tomatoes and garlic

Oooh, are those yellow tomatoes? Check out these yummy yellow tomato varieties and learn more about their taste, cultivation and harvest.

yellow tomatoes on a vine
Yellow tomatoes are quite attractive in the garden [Photo: OnlyZoia/ Shutterstock.com]

Yellow tomatoes stand out as particularly cheerful and stunning among their red relatives. From pale to golden yellow, there are varieties in many shades and sizes. Yellow tomatoes often taste fruitier and sweeter than red varieties and are therefore adored by those with a sweet tooth. Here are some of the best varieties as well as tips on how to plant yellow tomatoes and how to recognise when they are ripe.

The best yellow tomato varieties

From the palest yellow to the deepest golden hue, yellow tomato fruits can be admired in every shape and size. Here is an overview of the best yellow tomato varieties.

Yellow heirloom tomatoes

  • ‘Yellow Brandywine’ tomatoes originate in the USA and are a sunny yellow variety of the well-known, red ‘Brandywine’ tomato. Weighing up to 500 grams, it is one of the larger beef tomatoes. The plants do not bear many fruits, but the few they do bear taste are fruity, aromatic and delicious.
  • The ‘Yellow Pear’ tomato produces many small pear-shaped fruits. This heirloom variety is a classic in home gardens. The plants are robust and healthy, and their fruits have a mild and sweet taste.
  • The ‘Golden Queen’ is one of the few round, yellow tomatoes. What’s more, it is one of the rare German varieties. ‘Golden Queen’ plants bear their golden fruits quite well in the greenhouse and under rain protection. As with most yellow tomatoes, they taste fruity, mild and sweet.
harvested yellow pear tomatoes
‘Yellow Pear’ is a sunny yellow heirloom variety [Photo: Zdenek Sasek/ Shutterstock.com]

Yellow cherry tomatoes

  • The ‘Yellow Date’ is another pear-shaped yellow tomato. Its’ small, sweet, yellow fruits grow abundantly on the plant. They can be grown on several vines and are suite to growing in pots with rain cover.
  • ‘Goldita’ produces many round, almost orange-coloured fruits with a uniquely delicious aroma and a lot of fructose. It is an ideal tomato for growing on the balcony and in the garden that is resistant to disease and has beautifully shaped leaves.
  • One of the most beautiful tomatoes is the ‘Sunrise Bumble Bee’. This yellow, red, orange and pink striped cocktail tomato certainly has the potential to become one of your favourite varieties. It scores big with an early and long-lasting yield and a fruity-sweet taste.
  • ‘Snow White’ is an incredibly vigorous, robust and healthy tomato variety. Pale yellow and sugar-sweet, these tomatoes thrive on plants up to 2.5 metre high.
  • One of the few yellow wild tomatoes is the ‘Yellow Currant’ tomato. As with most wild tomatoes, the taste is bold and the plants bear masses of small, round, golden-yellow fruit. ‘Yellow Currant’ tomato plants should not be thinned out, but rather allow to grow wild. This variety is disease-tolerant and vigorous.
small yellow tomatoes on vine
The ‘Yellow Currant’ tomato is the smallest edible yellow variety [Photo: Zdenek Sasek/ Shutterstock.com]

Yellow salad tomatoes

  • A colour variation of the well-known ‘De Berao’ is the ‘De Berao Yellow’. It produces large plum-shaped fruits and is suited for outdoors. This variety prospers even without rain protection.
  • The ‘Garden Peach’ is a lovely light yellow tomato, and, like a peach, has many soft tiny hairs on its skin. But these are hardly noticeable when you eat a yellow ‘Garden Peach’ tomato. These tomatoes feel velvety and fluffy and taste wonderfully fruity and sweet, almost like a melon. ‘Garden Peach’ tomato plants are robust and disease-resistant, so they too are suitable for growing outdoors.
  • ‘Plum Lemon’ is an old Russian variety. Its bright yellow fruits look like tiny lemons, but they taste sweet and aromatic. This variety feels right at home in the greenhouse, but also protected under a canopy.

Yellow beef tomatoes

  • The popular yellow ‘Pineapple’ tomato shines from the end of July with large fruits marbled in yellow, orange and red. The taste is reminiscent of pineapple – fruity and sweet. All you need to know about ‘Pineapple’ tomatoes, such as the different varieties and tips on cultivation, can be found on our tomato profile.
  • ‘Azoychka’ is one of the rare all-yellow beef tomatoes. It originates from Russia and ripens early in mid-July. ‘Azoychka’ is uncomplicated, easy to care for and robust, like most Russian varieties. This variety is juicy with a mild fruity-sweet taste.
  • ‘White Queen’ glows in such a light yellow that it is practically white. The fruits weigh about 400 grams and are ripe and ready for picking once they turn a cream-coloured yellow. Like all white varieties, it tastes mildly fruity and very sweet. In any case, it is something to behold in the greenhouse, where it feels most at home.
a large yellow beef tomato
‘Azoychka’ tomatoes can weigh up to 500 grams [Photo: Evan Lorne/ Shutterstock.com]

Planting and caring for yellow tomatoes

Just like their red relatives, yellow tomatoes should be planted in the greenhouse at around the beginning of May and into pots or directly in the garden from mid-May onwards. A potting soil specially made to Solanaceae plants, such as our Plantura Organic Tomato & Vegetable Compost, supports plant growth and fruit setting. Apart from yellow wild tomatoes, all yellow tomato plants need a support, such as a wooden stake or a tomato cage.

Pruning of yellow salad and beef tomatoes is important for good fruiting – leave a maximum of two shoots. Yellow cherry tomato varieties can also tolerate three or four main shoots on one plant.

Tomatoes are thirsty plants, which is why mulching is particularly worthwhile for saving yourself a lot of watering. Throughout the season, the plants need lots of minerals and nutrients. We recommend applying a natural slow-release fertiliser. Our Plantura Tomato Food is particularly suitable for these nutrient-hungry sun worshippers; it offers your tomatoes all the essential nutrients in granule form for easy application.

Plantura Liquid Tomato Food
Plantura Liquid Tomato Food

Liquid fertiliser with an NK ratio of 4-5, for tomatoes & other vegetables, promotes healthy plant growth, child & pet friendly

When are yellow tomatoes ripe?

With yellow tomatoes, it is sometimes hard to tell when the fruits are ripe. The easiest way is to gently squeeze the fruit. If it gives way and feels soft, it is ripe for picking. Yellow cherry tomatoes are great for eating fresh but can also be easily dried and preserved. Larger tomatoes add colour to salads and sandwiches, but they also are excellent in sauces and soups.

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