One of my favourite salads to make is my rainbow tomato salad. I arrange a rainbow of tomato slices on a plate: black tomatoes, brown, purple, burgundy, red, pink, orange, gold, and yellow. A couple of years ago I added blue (more like indigo!) tomatoes. This past summer, I felt like my salad was the best ever because I had a really great white tomato to complete it.
‘White Wonder’ tomatoes are a beautiful creamy-ivory colour. They have a flattened shape, with some light ribbing. The inside is yellowish-white.
In the Kitchen
Along with salads, I’ve used this variety in sauces, where we put the whole tomato harvest for the week into a big stock pot. I’ve never tried making a sauce from only white tomatoes—but that would be fun to try.
If you’re serving ‘White Wonder’ sliced, it looks great with some basil chiffonade on top. It’s also great on its own as the flavour is mild, and a bit sweet.
Grow Your Own
The plants continue producing and ripening fruit for a long time. My plants kept going until the end of the season. This is a really productive variety.
I don’t see this variety for sale often. Now that it is seed exchange season, I suggest you head to a Seedy Saturday [https://www.seeds.ca/events] to look for it. And if you’re in Southern Ontario, Check out the Tree and Twig tomato plant sale on the May long weekend—that’s where I found mine last year.
Emma Biggs is a 13-year-old gardener and garden communicator. Emma raised over 130 tomato varieties in her Toronto garden in 2018—gardening in containers, in straw bales on a driveway, in a neighbour’s yard, in wicking beds under a walnut tree, and on the garage roof. Her garden is the source of many of her stories—and the source of produce that she sells in her neighborhood. In 2015, at the age of nine, Emma co-authored of Grow Gardeners, Kid-Tested Gardening with Children with her father and started helping him at garden talks and workshops. For the past couple of years, Emma has been giving her own talks at libraries, seed exchanges, garden clubs, and garden shows. Emma is the co-host of The Garage Gardeners Radio Show. She hosts kids gardening videos on the From Dirt to Dishes gardening channel on YouTube. Her latest book, Gardening with Emma, helps kids find the fun in gardening (and helps adults remember how much fun gardening is!)