In winter we are dreaming of that first tomato of the summer and the early category is essential to meeting that goal. As a rule they tend to be smaller in size and with a flavor that is more intense and tangy. Most are not sweet.
It is probably good that most are determinate so they are done producing by the time the midseason varieties kick in. I add the extra’s from the indeterminate varieties to the sauce batches or slice and dry with herbs sprinkled on top.
I am always looking for that perfect early to begin our MI growing season. Here is a nice list of ones to try.