I agree that the tomatoes you get at the store are bred for ease in transporting and for looks, but they sacrifice taste.
I always grow heirloom tomatoes. They may not look as pretty or as smooth, but you can't beat that old fashioned flavor. I order my seeds from Totally Tomatoes, that has hundreds of varieties, both hybrid and heirloom, so you can usually find some that are better suited to your area. (they also have lots of different varieties of peppers, and are starting to carry some other vegetable seeds. And you can also order plants from them).
My favorite all around red tomato is Box Car Willie. It's the best tasting red tomato I've tried so far, as well as being meaty and large enough to can.
The pink variety that we HAVE to grow every year is called Mortgage Lifter, also known as Radiator Charlie. It is a large tomato, often over a pound each in size.
My favorite striped tomato is Big Rainbow. Another large tomato, often over a pound, produces well and very colorful.
As for yellow tomatoes, I like both Dixie Gold Giant and Kentucky Beefsteak. Both are more orange than yellow, sweet but very flavorful. Not bland at all like some yellow varieties I've tried.
Another sweet and flavorful variety is White Potato Leaf. It is an ivory color, but the skin is soft and easily bruised (you'd never find those in a store, because of this). But it tastes great.
I've grown Aunt Ruby's German Green - up to a pound - as well as Green Zebra - about 2" in diameter. If you had your eyes closed, you wouldn't know you were eating a green tomato. Both are regular acid varieties, so can be safely canned in a water bath canner. Great for making a green salsa for Halloween too, if you want.
Lastly, I like the flavor of Black from Tula, a Russian variety. Tends to be more brownish red on the outside, while inside can be a dark green around the seeds. These do tend to crack easily, and don't keep long on the vine once they ripen, but almost everyone I know who has tried them say they are outstanding in flavor.
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