I spent a good portion of yesterday evening going back through my sow list, and comparing that to my harvests in an effort to iron out the mistaken and mystery identities. And by golly, I think I may have it!! And it just so happens I had a question or two about the varieties I have growing waiting for me this morning under a previous post. (Thanks for giving me the extra nudge I needed to sit down and put this all on paper. ) So here is my original sow list with updates on the specific varieties status and traits. Any variety with a line through it was destroyed by the hairy beast or otherwise failed. The motivation behind yesterday evening's tomato list was in effort to make suggestions to myself for next year. What varieties to keep? Which new seeds to try? (I have seeds for 42 varieties. See why I feel the need to make heads and tails of what I grew this year?) In my opinion the best time to make decisions about tomatoes for next year's garden is when you have piles of tomatoes from this years garden sitting around to mull over.
ORIGINAL 2010 SOW LIST, UPDATED:
- Mortgage Lifter- this is not cranking out tomatoes in my garden. Have not done a taste test.
- Moonglow- I like this tomato for the color it adds to salads or bruschetta. The flavor is said to the best of the yellow/orange category, and it was a SSE 2007 Heirloom Taste Test winner.
- Amazon Chocolate- delicious. Rich, and dark tasting. Is said to have wine-y notes....I would agree. Belongs with bacon.
- Green Zebra- one of my favorites for it's bright, citrusy flavor. I will always grow this variety for fresh eating.
- Cherokee Chocolate
- Black Krim- a bit more floral and sweeter tasting than the Amazon Choc. in my opinion. I prefer the aroma of this tomato, however, when it comes to taste Amazon wins. Black Krim is said to have a hint of saltiness.
- Sungold- simply amazing. If you have never grown this variety, you must try it. Early and prolific with tropical tomato taste. YUM!
- New Yorker (DTM)- ? Not sure which plant is which for my 2 unlabeled determinates, this and Rutgers variety below.
- Rutgers (DTM)- ?
- Polbig (DTM)- heavy producer of uniform tomatoes. Have not taste tested.
- Sibirskiy Skorospelyi (DTM)- medium red globes. Have not taste tested.
- Isis Candy
- Black Cherry
- Green Cherry
- Bupree's Big Boy Hybrid- have not taste tested.
- Pink Brandywine- wonderful tomato flavor. When I slice this I just want to eat it as is, forget the bread!
- Costoluto Genovese- this scalloped fruit has full tomato flavor, and it is the prettiest tomato I have ever seen! I have read this tomato requires heat to develop it's true flavor. (Without it may disappoint.)
- Juliet- a garden champion. Early, disease resistant, and delicious. This my go-to tomato for drying or caramelizing. Also delicious sliced on nachos, salads, pizza, and just about anything else one could think of. Has a permanent place in my garden, and each year I say I need to grow more. If I could only grow one variety of tomato, this would be it for it's ease and endless possibilities.
- Principe Borghese
- San Marzano- have not taste tested.
- Amish Paste - nice flavor for fresh eating. This will be my future salsa tomato.
Next year I think I will try Pineapple, Paul Robeson, Woodle Orange, Principe Borghese, and Cherokee Chocolate for new varieties. This year's favorites will make a return appearance. I will grow more than 2 Juliets....3, or maybe even 4. The tomatoes chosen will be for fresh slicing & salsas, and also for drying. (I don't plan on doing any sauce or canning next year). What about you all, what has been your favorite, and what would you like to try?