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Thursday, May 14, 2009

So Many Tomato Varieties...Which One is Perfect?

Jessica Walliser
Hobby Farms Contributing Editor

Deciding which types of tomotoes to plant can be a tough choice
Jessica says her 'Snow White' tomatoes are
the sweetest variety she has grown.

For more info on tomatoes, check out:
Growing and Selling Heirloom Tomatoes
Tips for Pest-free Tomatoes

It’s so much fun to decide which tomatoes to plant each year. 

When we had our big farm, I didn’t have to be so persnickety about what I grew.  We planted about 20 varieties so there was room to experiment. 

Now that we are ‘smaller’, I have to make some tough choices.  My husband thinks I’m nuts for spending so much time deciding, but I can’t help it. 

I want to grow the ‘perfect’ tomatoes and I’m still trying to decide just which ones those are.

I always grow ‘Snow White’ - a white cherry tomato and truly the sweetest tomato I’ve ever grown. 

‘Persimmon’ is another staple in my garden, and ‘Cosmonaut Volkov’ is as well.  The rest of the spots are up for grabs. 

I’m lucky to have a small urban farm nearby (Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery) that sells about 100 varieties of heirloom tomato seedlings, so I don’t have to start my own seeds if I don’t want to. 

I’m probably going to grow ‘Pineapple’, ‘Rose de Berne’, ‘Carmello’, and ‘Jubilee’ to name just a few - the rest I’ll have to settle on soon I guess because it’s plantin’ time!     

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I wish I knew what my in-laws' favorite tomato was! My FIL has been saving the seed for 20+ years. We just call it the "yellow-red" because that's what it is! I am thinking someday I'll order a bunch of large bicolor heirloom tomatoes for a taste-test so I can finally tell people what it is!
Lady Radagast, West Grove, PA
Posted: 4/23/2012 12:09:20 PM
The best tomatoe is the one you have in your hand at the time you are ready to eat. Try to set up a tasting with friends that grow different tomatoes and keep notes about your likes and dislikes. This can be done with many different foods.
Carl, Livermore, CA
Posted: 11/19/2011 11:27:34 AM
Kayla, Sophia, NC
Posted: 9/7/2011 8:01:36 PM
I too have to be very selective in choosing my tomato selections. I have a nursery about an hour and a half away that always has the best heirloom seedlings,"Petals from the Past" Jemison, Alabama. Last spring I purchased a tomato 'Black' not Black Krim and it was the very best tomato I have ever eaten, and so fruitful. I was able to share with my friends and family. The fruit is a little salty and very juicy. you really need to try this one. Happy Gardening. Can't wait to plant this year.
Kim, Gadsden, AL
Posted: 2/2/2010 8:03:28 AM
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