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    Gardeners - What's your favorite tomato?

    It is just finally getting warm enough here to get things going for the vegetable garden this year.
    So far all I have planted are cherry tomatoes.
    Where I live there are a lot of trees so there is not an area with enough sun for a regular veggie garden.
    So I am growing everything in large pots that I can place in sunny locations.

    I love tomatoes. So I was hoping some of you who share my affection for tomatoes might tell which varieties you like to grow and eat.
    The reason I grow cherry tomatoes are to give me something to snack on when I am doing yard work and gardening.
    I use roma tomatoes a lot because I like the fact that they don't turn into a mushy mess.
    But the store bought ones are usually without flavor.
    If there is such a thing as a variety of flavorful roma, I would love to know the name so maybe I can grow some.
    My favorite slice and eat tomato is Brandywine (a local farm grows them) but there is about a 2 or 3 day window to eat them.

    Our season seems too short for beefsteak and other large tomatoes.

    So........
    Are you growing tomatoes this year?
    What is your favorite for eating? cooking? growing?
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    Cherokee Purple is my hands down favorite red/black/beefsteak tomato. It has the best balance of sweetness, acidity, flavor and texture of any red/black tomato in my opinion. (Brandywine used to be my favorite before growing a super Purple Cherokee tomato.) It's even awesome in sauce, except for the fact that when cooking it down, the sauce becomes a little watery. I would honestly rather eat one of these raw than any summer fruit because you can eat them with so many things and they're so good.

    For yellow tomatoes, I really like Pineapple tomatoes. They're more sweet than Cherokee Purples, and are stunning when served because they're bright yellow/orange with a touch of red. Still, they have good acidity, strong tomato flavor and a meaty texture.

    For roma-type plum tomatoes, the Costoluto Genovese tomato is excellent for cooking, although it doesn't have quite the sweetness of other tomatoes. It is, however, very meaty and cooks down to a rich sauce.
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    Thank You Michael.
    I am heading to the plant nursery this weekend and will see if I can find any of these.
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    This years garden consists of:
    CHILIPENO HYBRID --great flavor, little heat, wonderful in salsa--flavorful, but hard to find
    HABANERO RED SAVINA whole lotta heat, love'm
    JALAPENO JUMBO nice for stuffing/poppers etc
    JALAPENO PURPLE more heat than a reg jalapeno, nice dark purple looks great in salsa too
    BEEFMASTER VFN HYBRID good eating tomato
    BIG BEEF VFFNTA HYBRID another nice to slice tomato
    SAN MARZANO
    SAN MARZANO REDORTA
    SUPER ITALIAN PASTE
    SUPER MARZANO VFNT HYBRID
    SWEET MILLION FNT HYBRID great in salads, grilled, very sweet.
    All of the san marzano's, & super Italians are great for gravy/sauce very little liquid or seeds, very meaty, and makes for great all year round leftovers(canned or frozen)

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    My favorite roma style is the San Marzano -- meatier, denser, and better flavor than standard romas. The Cherokee Purple is truly amazing -- one of my favorite slicers, too. Black Krim is very similar. I also really like Brandywines.

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    If you do happen to buy a Cherokee Purple or Pineapple, I've noticed that careful watering (only until the ground is just damp, and never on the fruit itself) really helps them grow and be flavorful, and helps keep the delicate skin from cracking which can lead to mold or insects. (This is based on my personal experience from growing Cherokee Purples for three years straight.)

    I also have used an organic fertilizer to help get the plants going when they're small, and then occasionally, once they grow tall. Because the fruit can become large and heavy, I try to get the plants to get to a height of about 4 feet and supported by a strong stake, before letting them flower and produce; I pull off all flowers until about 3 feet so that the main stalk grows strong and tall first, and so that any branches won't bend to the ground when they start bearing fruit.
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    I love the Oxheart heirloom tomatoes. They have very little liquid or seeds and are as dense and meaty plus a whole lot more flavorful than San Marzanos or Romas.

    Because of their greater size, they are also awesome sliced for tomato or BLT sandwiches.

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    For cherry tomatoes, I love Sungold. We've tried some other yellow cherry tomatoes, and they aren't nearly as good. Cherry Roma is also a good cherry tomato. Still trying to figure out what is best for a slicing tomato. We've had a couple tomato-unfriendly summers and are still trying to figure out what grows well in the PNW. Some of the cooler weather tomatoes like Stupice and Legend don't taste that great, IMO. Had some decent success with Brandy Boy, a brandywine-style hybrid. Last year I tried several different types to try and find THE tomato--they were carefully labeled with a Sharpie, which promptly faded away to nothing so I have no idea which tomato was what. Really aggravating, because some were good and some were mealy. I HAAAATE mealy tomatoes. Did find out I don't like black tomatoes, tho. Earl's Faux and Marianna's Peace are supposed to be really good ones. They were among some that I grew, but don't know if they were good ones or bad ones due to the faded labels. Also got the tomatoes started late last year, so there wasn't much of a crop.

    Trying again this year with several different types, and they're looking really good so far. We've gone from planting in the ground to pots on the driveway trying to get the ground warm enough for them. Last fall we picked up a little pop-up greenhouse at a hardware store clearance sale, and it's making a HUGE difference. They've been out there for several weeks, and I'm getting nice chubby little plants instead of pale, leggy ones. Some plants have with buds on them already!

    So maybe we'll find the "perfect" tomato to grow this year. (We're told not to put tomatoes out until July 4 due to possible low temperatures and frost.)
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    principe borghese for plum tomatoes and I do believe there may also be a yellow variety. very tasty and they make a very flavorful dry tomato .
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