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Thread: Gardeners, what's your favorite variety of tomato to grow?

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    Poring over the seed catalogs... and there are a bazillion varieties of tomatoes that I *could* try.

    Looking for suggestions. What are your favorites, and why do you like them best?

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    So many tomatoes just don't taste like tomatoes used to. I am looking at catalogs too, and thinking of maybe trying a couple of the heirloom varieties...I hear they are really tasty.

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    Here in California I like the cherrys, they are sweet. I'm sad that the REAL monster Beefsteak tomatoes can't be grown here, all we have is a sad cross that is labeled Beefsteak. Real Ox Hearts are also almost unknown out here.

    Some of the older ones have a true tomato taste, but are hard to find. One of my Grandmother's old ones (Pink and yellow stripes) I've tried for years to grow from seed sent by cousins back in WV, they sprout and then die.

    I usually get the "Heirloom" tomatoes from the grocery and when cutting them save the seeds. The crosses don't come true from seeds, which might be a good thing. Might actually get a good one that would be profitable to grow. When I find one I like, I can take cuttings and have them winter over in a sheltered spot and then have a good start on the summer.

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    I like Big boy. They are nice and sweet and taste like a tomato should. They make a wonderful sauce that tastes fresh even after canned but it is not a thick paste like sauce, even when reduced down considerably. It is also a wonderful tomato for eating off the vine. It is not an heirloom but it is my favorite.

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    I grow 2 types...sweet 100's for the little ones...and Early Girl for the big ones...they have a good flavor.
    I tried a seedless one last year because Mom can't have anything with seeds....but it had no taste...will not try again.

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    Mr. Stripey!!! YUMMY

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    I really like the Ox Heart tomatoes if you can find the seeds. They're huge, tasty and slightly pinkish. Great for eating and canning. I've been happy with most of the heirloom varieties. They do have more flavor than the new hybrids. Happy gardening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    I like Big boy. They are nice and sweet and taste like a tomato should. They make a wonderful sauce that tastes fresh even after canned but it is not a thick paste like sauce, even when reduced down considerably. It is also a wonderful tomato for eating off the vine. It is not an heirloom but it is my favorite.
    Me too! ...make the best BLT's!

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    I buy the Roma's. I make a ton of spaghetti sauce so they are the best. I make my own fresh tomato pizza- the less juice for me the better.

    However, I love to take a tomato off the vine, rip a piece of skin off, put a little salt on and eat it, warm from the vine.

    We use natural fertilizer so our produce grows great. The soil has mushroom soil in it too for the nutrients.

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    I don't garden anymore, but when I did we planted Early Girls.

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