Long gone are the days of pallid, flavorless tomatoes--at least for those who grow or seek out fresh, locally grown tomatoes. While "heirloom" labels and varieties don't guarantee great flavor (for that you need to consider how they're grown--I always look for dry-farmed tomatoes), they do offer a range of tomato flavors and colors unimaginable to most of us just a few years ago.
Brandywine tomatoes are the most classically tomato-flavored and the hardiest of commonly available heirloom varieties. For that reason they are relatively widely available. Don't worry about grooves and bumps, Brandywine tomatoes are notoriously oddly shaped.
Black Prince Tomatoes
Black Prince tomatoes have a sweet, earthy flavor and relatively firm texture.
Cherokee Purple Tomatoes
Cherokee Purple tomatoes are a bit earthier and sweeter than other varieties. They can be a reddish-purple color, as pictured here, or almost brown. Like Brandywine tomatoes, they tend to be larger than many heirloom varieties.
Costoluto Genovese Tomatoes
These bright red, deeply grooved tomatoes burst with balanced, classic tomato flavor.
Flamme Orange Tomatoes
Like most orange tomatoes, Flamme Orange tomatoes are sweeter and less acidic than other tomatoes. These small examples burst with juice.
Green Zebra Tomatoes
Green Zebra tomatoes are, as you might guess, green and striped. Lines of darker and lighter greens stripe the sides of these brightly tasting, just barely tart tomatoes.
Lemon Boy Tomatoes
A brightly flavored, low acid tomato, Lemon Boy tomatoes are perfect for slicing and eating or tossing into salads for color.
Marvel Stripe Tomatoes
These are a great, all-purpose fresh eating tomato. Marvel Stripe tomatoes are best eaten raw--either sliced or chopped on their own or in salads for one reason: their fabulous color is lost when cooked or blended, and their stripes are a huge part of their charm. That said, they have a mild, balanced tomato flavor.
You may find it as tempting as I do to call Stupichka tomatoes "stupid" tomatoes. Stupid tasty, maybe. These small, solid-fleshed gems are filled with full tomato flavor.