Click below to hear my Garden Bite radio show: Cherry pickin’ tomatoes
It’s not really shorts weather yet but we’re all fairly giddy with warmer temperatures and then Organic Gardening magazine came out with some results of tomato testing. So, I just HAD to talk tomatoes! And most of the varieties I chose to talk about are cherry tomatoes.
A couple of cherry tomatoes made the “stand out” list. ‘Black Cherry’ is a sweet and rich flavored dark pink/dusty purple delight. Other reports say that ‘Black Cherry’ is very tomato-ey and not quite so sweet.
The ‘Snow White’ cherry tomato had rave reviews not only from OG, but I did some further research and it scores high for sweet flavor with a hint of citrus. It’s grows to be a large plant, topping 6 feet and is extremely prolific. Heirloom Tomato Plants sells seed. They have multiple varieties, explore her website for a lot of detailed information about tomato planting.
OG says this roma style tomato, ‘Blush’, has a tropical fruitiness reminiscent of pineapple. I found it at Seeds of Change. It’s also meaty and low in acid. That would make it a great tomato for a variety of uses from fresh eating to salsa making. Other said it was great sliced on pizza!
And this little cherry ‘Jasper’ is an F1 hybrid. This tasty darling was selected as a 2013 AAS winner! Excellent taste, a long harvest window and outstanding performance in the trials contributes to this tomato’s success. Judges liked the texture and sweetness of the tomato as well as the uniformity of the fruits that grow on vigorous, healthy plants. Jasper is a high yielding variety with fruits that stay on the vine and then hold well after ripening both on the vine and post-harvest. Vigorous vines require little or no fertilization. An added bonus is fusarium resistance and the ability to overcome weather-related stresses.
Tomorrow we’ll talk about tomato plant care! The season WILL arrive!