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The Top Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplants

By dave
August 1, 2015

Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are all in the nightshade family. Let's open the Summer Vegetables Celebration Week with a look at the top varieties of each of these highly popular home garden vegetables.

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 31, 2015 7:00 PM CST
I really enjoy this top ten feature on the various plant weeks. I was surprised to find myself quoted so many times in the comments section. I guess I really do grow a large selection of the more popular Tomatoes and Eggplants. Not so much in the Pepper department. Maybe because I dislike hot peppers? Any way my favorite Peppers would be the Italian Frying types.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 31, 2015 7:20 PM CST

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You post a lot of comments, Rita. Thumbs up
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 31, 2015 7:23 PM CST
dave said:You post a lot of comments, Rita. Thumbs up


Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! I can talk a lot! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

@Dave Where are the recent summer veggie pictures shown on the right coming from? I just posted two to the database but they are not showing in that section there so I was just wondering.
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 31, 2015 7:34 PM CST

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Where did you post them? Can you give me a link?
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 31, 2015 7:50 PM CST
To the database.



Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 31, 2015 8:17 PM CST
Another one.
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Gardadore
Aug 1, 2015 6:47 AM CST
I agree that Kellogg Breakfast is superb and also a favorite of mine. But in recent years I have been growing the potato leaf variety called KBX and this year it is producing better than ever considering our constant rains. At the moment it has the largest tomato I ever remember growing. It won't ripen for a while in our part of the world but I can't wait to eat all the tomatoes this KBX is churning out! My second favorite orange is Dagma's Perfection but it is not as prolific this year as the KBX.

Nice list - good combination of open-pollinated and hybrid.
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dave
Aug 1, 2015 6:54 AM CST

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Here's our entry for that: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'KBX')

If you have a photo, please post it! Smiling
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Aug 1, 2015 6:54 AM CST

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Thanks Rita, for the report. I found and fixed the bug that was preventing them from showing up. All is well now. Smiling
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Polymerous
Aug 1, 2015 9:10 AM CST
The two peppers that I always grow here are 'Gypsy', a hybrid sweet pepper, and 'Corno di Toro', an open pollinated sweet pepper. This year, they are the only two peppers that I am growing.




'Gypsy' is not at all bothered by our cooler nights, and the plants are very productive. The peppers start out yellow and then turn orange, and finally red when fully mature. The peppers taste good sliced fresh into salads, but they really shine when roasted. Harvest can begin here as early as late July and extends into September in my partially shaded garden. (At our last house the vegetable garden was in full sun; we routinely picked the last of the Gypsy peppers to put into our stuffing at Thanksgiving.)

'Corno di Toro' comes in red and yellow maturing strains. The plants are taller than those of 'Gypsy' and bear much later, but they bear profusely, with longer peppers. As with 'Gypsy', the peppers also taste good sliced fresh into salads, but these peppers are better known as roasting or frying peppers.

Some years I also grow 'Lipstick', an open pollinated sweet pepper. This variety produces an abundance of small peppers which mature red, and which are just the right size to slice into omelets or on top of open baked cheese sandwiches.



As for tomatoes, the only one on the list in the article that I routinely grow here is 'Stupice'. (I used to grow 'Early Girl' years ago, but no longer.) 'Stupice' is a good plant for our cooler evenings, and a good plant for my partially shaded vegetable garden. It is an early tomato but will keep producing so long as there are enough hours of sunlight (which seems to be the limiting factor in my garden). It produces an abundance of small tomatoes which we use fresh.



All of these are great varieties for the SF Bay Area, or similar climates, and I heartily recommend them. (Sorry, I have no experience with them in other parts of the country.)
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Aug 1, 2015 10:01 AM CST
dave said:Thanks Rita, for the report. I found and fixed the bug that was preventing them from showing up. All is well now. Smiling


Hurray, I see the new veggie pictures showcased in there. Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Aug 1, 2015 10:07 AM CST
Polymerous said:The two peppers that I always grow here are 'Gypsy', a hybrid sweet pepper, and 'Corno di Toro', an open pollinated sweet pepper. This year, they are the only two peppers that I am growing.




'Gypsy' is not at all bothered by our cooler nights, and the plants are very productive. The peppers start out yellow and then turn orange, and finally red when fully mature. The peppers taste good sliced fresh into salads, but they really shine when roasted. Harvest can begin here as early as late July and extends into September in my partially shaded garden. (At our last house the vegetable garden was in full sun; we routinely picked the last of the Gypsy peppers to put into our stuffing at Thanksgiving.)

'Corno di Toro' comes in red and yellow maturing strains. The plants are taller than those of 'Gypsy' and bear much later, but they bear profusely, with longer peppers. As with 'Gypsy', the peppers also taste good sliced fresh into salads, but these peppers are better known as roasting or frying peppers.

Some years I also grow 'Lipstick', an open pollinated sweet pepper. This variety produces an abundance of small peppers which mature red, and which are just the right size to slice into omelets or on top of open baked cheese sandwiches.



As for tomatoes, the only one on the list in the article that I routinely grow here is 'Stupice'. (I used to grow 'Early Girl' years ago, but no longer.) 'Stupice' is a good plant for our cooler evenings, and a good plant for my partially shaded vegetable garden. It is an early tomato but will keep producing so long as there are enough hours of sunlight (which seems to be the limiting factor in my garden). It produces an abundance of small tomatoes which we use fresh.



All of these are great varieties for the SF Bay Area, or similar climates, and I heartily recommend them. (Sorry, I have no experience with them in other parts of the country.)


Thank you for that very insightful growing report. Please remember to add these as comments to the database so that they are there for everyone to easy find.

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