Vegetables and Fruit forum: My favorite Heirloom Tomato

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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Oct 14, 2011 7:00 PM CST
This is my first year growing tomatoes, three plants that followed me home from a nursery.

My 'favorites' are Stupice and Sungold (since some of each have actually ripened). But I'm already conflicted: sometimes I think the Sungold is too bland and not acid enough, other times it seems plenty zippy.

"Supersweet 100" tasted only slightly better than Stupice, and the whole plant yielded only 5-6 ripe cherries.

(To be fair, I only have a little over two months when nights stay over 50 F, and those are cool rather than warm, so I don't blame the Supersweet 100 very much.)

Next year I'll try as many of these as seem to fit my small yard, like 4-5 varieties in soil plus some in pots. I'll have to plant fewer annual cutflowers!

Would anyone make reccomendations?
Especially for ones that might thrive in a 4-gallon pot, like "compact determinate"?

* Stupice
* Glacier
* Oregon Spring
* Sungold
? Ildi yellow grape
? Sub Artic Plenty
? Early Cascade from Sequee

I have other tomato seeds from trades, if anyone recomends them in particular for short-season cool-climate and/or containers:
Marmande
Manitoba
Matina
Maskabec
Golden Rave
Jetsetter
Santa Cherry
Husky Cherry Red
Bloody Butcher
Early Girl
Early Wonder
Taxi
Morden Yellow (I'm still looking for Vorlon seeds!)
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chelle
Oct 20, 2011 1:07 PM CST
For me, this year; Coustralee just barely nudged out Black Krim, followed by Orange Oxheart. The rest of my tomatoes after tasting these three were just "okay". I'm saving seed for the first three.... I'll definitely grow them again next year!
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Melissa
Oct 22, 2011 8:39 PM CST
I think Black Krim remains my favorite... but there are so many I love for different reasons, it's hard to just name one. So, maybe I'll say my favorite is whatever is ripe that day!
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texaskitty111
Aug 1, 2014 3:30 PM CST
I'm bringing this thread back to the top, as its very interesting. I started with a variety pack of heirloom seeds this year, because so far, don't have a favorite. I only have "this tomato is not so spectacular's". Its been a wet summer, and many are cracked. I started some kellogs breakfast, Franci red pear, and tigerella for the second season, as they are supposed to do great in tx. Keeping fingers crossed!
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Name: Don Shirer
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DonShirer
Aug 6, 2014 5:45 AM CST
I like lots of heirlooms, and try to grow two new ones every year, but to stick to the topic, I'll just list the ones I've had the most success with:

Best taste: Cherokee Purple - average yields but complex flavor (better than Black Krim)

Big and productive: Neve's Azorean red - usually over 1 lb - I have to pick mine when pink to keep chipmunks from nibbling on them. Make sure plant is well supported.

Best Yellow: Kellogs Breakfast - I haven't had much success with KBX, Earl of Edgecomb is nice but not very productive

Meatiest: Most Oxhearts like Anna Russian or Kosovo. Pink Oxheart is not quite as tasty, but has more fruit.

Cherry: Pink Ping Pong and Moravsky Div are bigger than most cherries but just the right size for salads. Black Cherry tastes good but has not been very productive for me. For yellow cherries I prefer the hybrid Sungold.

Early: Matina, Moravsky Div

Canning: Opalka, Oxhearts, and maybe Heidi (I tried that for the first time this year)

Dwarf: I'm growing four of the dwarf tomato project plants this year and will report on them later.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Aug 8, 2014 5:08 PM CST
Don, let me know what you think of the dwarfs. I grew four varieties last year but I wasn't impressed. Of course, last year was not a good year here for tomatoes, but it was more the growth habit I didn't like. Stocky, tight. Couldn't see/get the fruit. Not impressed with flavor either. I don't remember which ones right off the top of my head.
Name: Franklin Troiso
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herbie43
Aug 10, 2014 2:58 PM CST
I guess my taste buds are not as sharp as many because I cannot taste any difference between the different types of tomatoes. I can taste the difference between what I grow in my garden and store bought but that's about it and because I can't taste the difference I really don't have any favorite. I just go by how they look and taste and this one is one of the prettiest I have every grown and it was delicious.. It is a German Red Strawberry I think.










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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Aug 10, 2014 5:42 PM CST
Nice tomato!
Name: Franklin Troiso
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herbie43
Aug 11, 2014 6:39 AM CST
Thanks and it tasted great
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