What Are The Sweetest Tomatoes? And How to Grow Them

John Newbranch
Post date 05.19.2023

What are the sweetest tomatoes out there?

In general cherry tomatoes are the sweetest, and of those the Rosada Cherry tomatoes are the sweetest of all.


I have spent my entire life growing tomatoes when I could. Mostly because I use a lot of tomatoes while cooking (and lately in my smoothies as well). And now I wanna get back into the tomato growing game.

So the last few weeks I have been researching the internet to find the sweetest tomatoes out there that I could grow, and I decided to share my findings in this article.


Tomatoes are a subject of a lot of debate in food circles. Some people love them on everything, some can’t stand them on anything. 

I for one really enjoy tomatoes in my smoothies. So I always try to find and grow the sweetest tomatoes I can.

In your case you might just want to find a nice tomato for your salad, or maybe you want a sweeter tomato for juicing?

Either way, keep reading to find the best tomato for you. 

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How Do You Decide The Sweetness Of A Tomato?

To measure tomatoes you use something called the Brix scale. Now it’s not only tomatoes that use this scale, wine and honey use the same. 

Simply put the Brix scale refers to the amount of sugars and acidity in the tomato. Kind of like the Scoville scale for chili. A higher Brix value means more sugars and less acidity.

Now if you are looking for sweet tomatoes for your smoothie or salad you want to look for tomatoes with a Brix rating of 6 or higher!


What Are The Sweetest Tomatoes?

So now that you know how to measure the sweetness of a tomato, let’s find the best-tasting tomatoes for you! 


Rosada Tomatoes

The Rosada tomatoes are one of my favorites. They are the sweetest ones you will be able to grow on your own, with a Brix rating of 10.5!

These guys are juicy and delicious. They pack an incredible amount of flavor into a small package. The Rosada is also packed with nutrients such as vitamin C and potassium. 

How to Grow Rosada Tomatoes: 

Rosada tomatoes thrive in sunny places with rich soil like a greenhouse or sunny patio. The more sun they get the sweeter they taste. If you know that your soil isn’t rich enough try and add a bit of chalk. 


Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes 

The sun gold cherry tomato is another great option for your garden. It grows well and doesnt need quite as much care as the rosadas might.

The sun gold tomatoes are packed with sweetness, scoring 9.3 on the Brix scale. This makes them great for everything from goat cheese salads to a healthy snack.

How to Grow Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes

Sun Gold cherry tomatoes require a good amount of sun and space to grow. Other than that you want to make sure to water them regularly since they require moist soil to thrive.


Sakura cherry tomatoes 

Sakura are sweet and firm tomatoes that are among the first to ripen. They are easy to grow at home since they can grow in quite cramped places and are very disease resistant. They are also high yielding, which is nice if you are growing them indoors and lack space.

Sakura tomatoes are great in smoothies and on salads thanks to their high Brix rating of 8.8.

How to grow Sakura Cherry Tomatoes:

Use well drained soil and keep the tomatoes indoors until the frost has passed. Then put them in a sunny location and keep them well watered.


Black Cherry Tomatoes

Black Cherry Tomatoes will be a great addition to your garden. They are beautiful, violet tomatoes that are sure to stand out amongst your other plants.

I’ve heard people describe these as having a sweet and spicy kind of taste. Although they are not as sweet as say the Rosada tomatoes or Sun Gold tomatoes, the Black cherry still comes in at an amazing 9!

How to Grow Black Cherry Tomatoes:

These things are a bit of a prima donna to take care of, but not impossible if you know what you are doing. Be sure to support them with a cage or stake early on and do not plant them outside if there is risk of frost. Once outside, plant them in a sunny place since they thrive in that environment.


Sun Sugar Cherry tomatoes

I have tried growing these tomatoes a few times and they might be the best tasting tomatoes in my opinion. I use them just as much in salads as I do in smoothies. 

These guys are really easy to grow and give a lot of tomatoes per plant. The tomatoes are quite small but very sweet ( a brix rating of 10!) so they make a perfect healthy snack.

How to Grow Sun Sugar Cherry Tomatoes:

Let the seeds grow inside for about 6-8 weeks before planting the tomatoes outside. Be sure to not plant the tomatoes before the last frost. Plant the tomatoes in a sunny place with a lot of space and be sure not to forget to water them regularly.


Big Rainbow Tomatoes

The Big Rainbows are my favorite tomatoes to use in lighter smoothies for the summer. 

But thanks to their mild and sweet flavor they can be used like any regular tomato but with a bit more sweetness. Using them on the grill is my favorite way of eating them since they are quite large and taste great.

How to Grow Big Rainbow Tomatoes:

Plant the seeds indoors 6 weeks before the last frost. You want to plant the Big Rainbow tomato in fertile soil, some compost is perfect if you have access to it. Plant the roots quite deep and make sure to water regularly. 


Pineapple Tomatoes

The Pineapple tomato is a mild and sweet tomato with a fruity undertone. Some people say it has a hint of citrus but I haven’t really tasted that myself.

These guys both look and taste amazing. Although I haven’t really indulged too much with these guys I could definitely see myself using these in a salad or a health smoothie.

How to Grow Pineapple Tomatoes:

Seed the Pineapple tomatoes 6-8 weeks before the last frost. When the seedlings emerge, plant them in separate pots. When the ground temperature reaches around 70-75 degrees you can plant them outside. Make sure to plant the seedlings in full sun and rich soil, bury the stem up to where the leaves start.


Mortgage Lifter Tomatoes

The Mortgage lifter tomato is a good alternative for anyone that wants to get into tomatoes and doesn’t have a lot of experience. They are easy to grow and produce a lot of fruit.

The Mortgage lifters are large tomatoes with a low acidity and sweet taste.

How to Grow Mortgage Lifter Tomatoes:

Plant the seeds 6-8 weeks before the final frost. When the risk of frost is gone, plant the tomato plants well spaced in a sunny location. A tip is to use stakes to support the vines to encourage larger yields.

How To Get Sweeter Tomatoes

  • Increasing The Heat (but not too much)

Heat doesn’t just ripen the fruit, it helps the plant transport sugars into the fruit. keep it in the mid to upper 80s but not over 90 degrees. 

The obvious solution to this for people in colder climates is a greenhouse.

  • Sunny location

Giving tomatoes 10 hours or more of sun will increase the plants photosynthesis. With a “surplus of photosynthesis” the extra sugars that are created are funneled into the fruit making it sweeter.

  • Watering less (only in cooler climates)

Withholding water while your fruit is ripening will create sweeter tomatoes. Bringing the plants down to about 50% in water supply will make the fruit sweeter. Disclaimer here; this is kind of difficult to get perfectly right. You have to monitor your water supply closely in order to avoid uneven watering and fruit splitting. 

Sweetest Tomatoes To Grow At Home

Rosada tomatoes are the sweetest tomatoes to grow at home with a brix rating of 10.5!

How Is Sweetness In A Tomato Measured?

It is measured by how much sucrose exists in a solution. It is graded on the Brix scale which is based on how many percent sucrose exists in a solution. 1 rating on the brix scale refers to 1 percent sucrose.

Sweetest Tomatoes In The World

The Rosada Cherry Tomatoes are the sweetest in the world with a Brix rating of 10.5!

Sweetest Tomatoes For Sauce

For sauce you want tomatoes with low seed content, fleshy consistency and low water content.

San Marzano tomatoes are widely considered to be the best sauce tomatoes. If you want a bit sweeter taste you could try mixing in some Rosada tomatoes.

Sweetest Tomatoes UK

Rosada tomatoes are the sweetest tomatoes you can grow in the uk.

Sweetest Tomatoes For Salad

Rosada tomatoes are the sweetest tomatoes for salad and offer great texture as well.

Sweetest Tomatoes Australia

Rosada tomatoes are the sweetest tomatoes you can grow in australia.

Sweetest Tomatoes Cherry

Rosada tomatoes are the sweetest cherry tomatoes you can grow.

What Is The Sweetest Tomato?

Rosada tomatoes are the sweetest tomatoes you can grow.

Which Is The Best-Tasting Tomato?

Black Cherry tomato and Rosada Tomato are the best tasting according to me. The Rosada Tomato is the sweetest and the Black Cherry tomato has the most distinct taste.

What Tomatoes Taste Like Candy?

Rosada Cherry tomatoes are usually considered to be the tomatoes that taste most like candy thanks to their Brix rating of 10.5!

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AUTHOR

John has been in the game of blending and brewing for years now. Originally from Sweden, he has worked as a barista at coffee shops in the US and as a bar manager at a smoothie and juice bar in Paris. Now he is the main editor for Blend Brew Enjoy where he puts all his passion and effort into helping people find their love for coffee and smoothies.

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