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

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    Super Member Favorite Fabrics's Avatar
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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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    I love the grape tomatos, don't like cherry ones:)

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    Burpee Sweet 100's. Start only one or two plants. My last plant was over 8 ft tall and 6ft wide; I had it tied to the chain link fence. The family of 4 and our family of four had a hard time keeping up with eating them. They got to keep and eat any tomatoes on their side of the fence. We got cucumbers in return. :)

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    Sweet 100's....bite sized and just like putting a piece of candy into your mouth...they are addicting!

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    I like the early girls because of the acidity and they usually make a hearty crop.

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    Heirloom tomatoes definitely taste better to me! I also love the Ox Heart variety...we order from Baker Creek Seed Company, http://rareseeds.com/

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    I'm still trying to figure out the best, I can tell you that I DIDN'T like "Italian Ice" last year - very little flavor. I always plant yellow pear and sweet 100. Still learning what I can't live without as far as large ones;)

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    I alwasy plant Better Boy...it is my main crop tomato. I also like one called Brandy Boy, which is a hybrid of Brandywine (it has great heirloom flavor, but more disease resistant)
    Cherry tomatoes..I like sungold or suncherry and sweet million...they both do super and hold well on the plant and disease and crack resistant....plus very sweet, which I tend to like.

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    Here in So. Cal. we plant the "Early Girl". They are good tasting and get rather large. Believe it or not we have tomatoes on the vine right now, but they are not as large as they can get. Did pick some for Christmas dinner. One plane it really growing but no blossoms yet.
    We have them planted in whiskey barells on the south side of the house. Haven't had freezing temperature yet and lots of sun so I think the tomatoe plans are confussed as to what season it is.

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    Love, love, love the purple tomatoes. Most specifically the Purple Cherokee. They have a smoky kind of flavor. Yum!

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    I always plant Early Girls. They have a wonderful flavor and they not only fruit early, but continue to fruit the whole growing season. I also try several others that are available and have found some I like (Celebrities did well last year), but Early Girls are my only mainstay. I also plant 1 or 2 Sweet 100's, which is plenty! I always get carried away with planting tomatoes and usually have around 30 - 40 plants each year. I can tomatoes, tomatoes and okra and homemade soup, eat a many as I can and give the rest away.

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    I wantto try some of the heirlooms too. I have tried Mr. Stripys, but they didnt do well here. I always do Early Girls, and I always get some type of cherry tomatoes.

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    Plum Plum Plum - great for sauces!

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    I love the Sweet 100s also. Here in the heat, I can plant them early and they mature fast. It gets too hot to grow the larger ones, although every year I try. I did two heirlooms last year, without success.

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    Love the sungold for cherry tomatoes. For years I have used Celebrity for the big tomatoes. They take the heat here and are disease resistant -- always a problem in our high humidity and heat.

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    I usually plant the Early Girls, Big Boy, and try a couple of others just to check out and always a cherry or grape. The last Grape tomato I planted was a yellow and was the most flavorful, tender skinned and tasty.

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