There are 3,000 types of heirloom tomato. Altogether in the world there are over 10,000 varieties of tomato. In the chicken world, we can trace the bird’s ancestry back to the Red Jungle Fowl. In the tomato world, the nearest we can get to the original tomato from way back when is this – the Inca Andian. (Notice this is not the Inca ‘Indian’!)
These tomatoes have a long, unusual pepper shape and are almost hollow – like their close relative the pepper, but have an excellent flavour.