March 1st, 2011

A Sophie's Choice of Tomatoes

dougIf you had room to grow only one tomato plant, which variety would you choose? Would it be a hearty heirloom slicer like ‘Pink Brandywine’, a sweet pop-in-your-mouth cherry like ‘Sungold’, or a chef favorite like ‘Amish Paste’?

Thank goodness this is just a rhetorical question for me. I have room at home and in the Organic Gardening test garden for dozens of tomato plants, and I devote the space to as many different varieties as possible. At the magazine’s tomato-tasting event last summer, the diversity of tomato flavors was obvious to all. In addition to the basic flavor variables of acidity and sweetness, some varieties add wildcard flavors: smoky, fruity, earthy, zesty. Yum.

Last year, we trialed eight tomato varieties in the test garden. As I selected the test varieties for 2011, I tried to limit myself to eight again. Obviously I was not up to the task; we’ll be growing 12 varieties of tomatoes this year. And there are others that I’m still having second thoughts about. Maybe we could squeeze in a couple more?  —Doug Hall

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    Try heirloom Black Zebra.

    Jeez – that’s a tough one. It would have to be an heirloom. I’m thinking a cherry – either Sungold Select II, Fox Cherry or Violet Jasper. Those are my best producers, and they are all delicious.

    http://parkerpondfarm.com/heirloom-tomato-seeds-%e2%80%93-best-heirloom-tomato-varieties/

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