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America's Favorite Tomatoes (Plus My Top Three)


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Robin at Bumblebee said,

Wednesday, February 13. 2008 at 12:23 (Link) (Reply)

I have to agree with you about the Brandywine and yellow pear tomatoes. I have grown both and plan to grow them again this year.

I have to say, though, that I tried some Cherokee Purple tomatoes while on vacation in NC last year. Perhaps it was their soil or my mellow vacation mood, but I do believe they were even better than my Brandywines. My husband was over the moon about them. Of course, I'll be growing them myself this year for a side-by-side comparison.

BTW, thanks to your tomato tastings I have ordered my own plants for this year. They also include:

Paul Robeson
Goose Creek
Black Sara

Yum!

Robin at Bumblebee
mss @ Zanthan Gardens said,

Thursday, February 14. 2008 at 15:30 (Link) (Reply)

How unusual for me to be going with the majority, but I'd also put 'Sungold' at the top of my list. I tried 'Black Krim' last year and neither of us liked it at all. Some people suggested that it does better in cooler climes than Texas. I like the taste of 'Green Zebra' but overall it didn't do well for me. And I've tried 'Costoluto Genovese' a couple of times to no avail.

My favorite not on the list: 'Carmello'. The yellow tomato 'Persimmon' has a lovely flavor--the mango of tomatoes.
Curtis said,

Thursday, February 14. 2008 at 21:56 (Link) (Reply)

I love the taste of Brandywine Tomatoes, but had pest problems with them the first year I grew them. To the point I ripped the plant out of the ground. Maybe different this year if I try them. I am growing for sure Cherokee Purple, Black Krim and Green Zebra tomatoes.
Matron said,

Monday, February 18. 2008 at 04:40 (Link) (Reply)

I was interested to see your tomato varieties, and how different they are from the names in the UK. sungold, brandywine and roma are the only names I recognize. I always take the opportunity to buy seed packets when I visit the US.. just out of interest.
Patrick said,

Tuesday, February 19. 2008 at 06:51 (Link) (Reply)

This was a nice post, and the most interesting part was your three choices. I don't know Costoluto Genovese, but I like the other two tomatoes as well.

I have a lot of issues with the article you mention. It says many things that aren't quite true, like "Itís a fact that hybrids are generally more productive and disease-resistant" or even on the other side of the coin "open-pollinated tomatoes generally offer the richest flavors". It's very much a contested issue that hybrids are more productive than OP varieties, and I can say from personal experience and that of some fellow tomato growers and breeders that some of the best flavors come from home made hybrids that you create in your own garden.

This article quotes some big names in the tomato world and the Seed Savers Exchange, but then doesn't offer a lot of information as to how these big names contributed to the final list of tomatoes. I too have had some contacts with a few of these people, and to me there doesn't seem to me to be a lot of logic in the choice of tomatoes in the article.

Maybe most importantly, everyone's climate is going to be a little different and everyone has their own tastes.

It's okay to get some ideas from this article, but I suggest checking out other sources too like fellow bloggers or gardeners, searching the Internet or just reading the descriptions of some tomatoes in seed catalogs, and picking a few that way.

If you want to be a bit adventurous, I suggest becoming a member of the Seed Savers Exchange, then contacting some of the listed members in your area and asking them to send you their favorite tomatoes.

I think a lot of people are going to blogging about heirloom tomatoes this summer, and I'm looking forward to reading about what they say.

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