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Thread: Great tomato taste?

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    Super Member Pats8e8's Avatar
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    Hi all you gardeners. Are any of you growing tomatoes that really taste good? I have several types growing and am getting very pretty ones, but they don't really taste like a tomato should, you know? What variety names are you growing that taste great?

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    Hey,I can't believe you posted this.

    Just this morning I picked a dozen Cherry toms and eeewww they were not sweet. Weren't bad, but not sweet.

    We built raised beds this year and I made my own soil mix (organic) and the plants look great, some are 7' tall, but no other ripe toms as of yet. What gives? Guess I will ask the other Master Gardeners at our meeting Wednesday.

    I have three Holy Land heirlooms, two Husky cherry, one other heirloom that was given to me, and two Mr. Stripey.
    Except for the cherry ones, all the others are new to me so I cannot say how they taste yet.

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    I have notice that my tomatoes the last couple of years don't have that good tomato taste. They're not bad. This year I bought some beefsteaks tomato plants from a little old woman out in the country. Now this year they taste more like tomatoes. In the past I bought the tomato plants from the local nursery or big chain store. Wonder what the difference is?

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    'Same thing here is GA. They just don't taste the same anymore. I thought my taste buds were drying up or something. (Everything else is!)

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    I had one tomato plant this year in one of those Topsy Turvy thingies. I think it was a Better Boy variety. The plant was beautiful and so were the tomatoes. But when you sliced into them they were still green on the inside. Taste - pfffffttt. I have been watering that plant at least twice a day everyday since April. Yesterday I called it quits. I cut it down and threw it in the trash. And it was still blooming! Same thing with the cucumber plant. I'll just buy my maters at the store from now on. It's a whole lot less work.

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    Our tomatoes have gone crazy some plants are 7' this year hubby grows "German Johnson"and a couple Big Boys tomatoes and they taste oh so good.We have been eating lots of tomatoes breakfast,dinner,sandwiches as in drill cheese etc.


    What i need is a good tomato juice recipe do any of you have one to offer?Thanks in advance

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    Beefsteak tomatoes are the best. My husband bought and planted the tomatoes this year. He said he couldn't find Beefsteaks. The ones he bought aren't nearly as good.

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    I planted Early Girl tomatoes a few years ago. The tomatoes came in earlier than the Better Boy and others I had. They were smaller, but oh, so sweet! Just delicious! I tried some Roma this year, and have only picked two ripe ones and they taste pretty good, but not as good as those Early Girls!

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    I know I live on the other side of the planet, but I have found many of the seedlings sold via garden stores etc. are actually hybrids. For really great tasting, old-fashioned tomatoes, see if you can find someone who sells "heirloom" or old fashioned varieties. Usually we can get them here from a couple of "seed saver" companies. The great thing about using old fashioned non hybrid types is the seed. You can save the seed from the nicest ones and have more for next year. Often hybrids are sterile or seed from them is not true to type, hope this helps.

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    I have an Early Girl that I'm trying to beat the rabbits to the tomatoes...also a cherry tomato. The cherries are terrific this year. The 3rd one is in the topsy tervy and some of them have rot on the bottom of the tomato...will toss that thing soon.

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    tomatoes in Indiana are not as tasteful this year

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    I've grown a little cherry tomato called Sungold in past years, and that was the tastiest I've ever had.

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    I agree...our normally delicious Indiana tomatos are not as good this year. Maybe it is the heat!

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    I have tomatos coming out of my ears (well, garden actually) right now! The problem is that I don't like them raw, I use them a lot for cooking. So I don't know how they tasting this year! :) LOL!

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    Have you tried some of the Heirloom varieties? I've heard that they have more flavor.

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    We have the grape, cherry, and some early girls. Ours taste pretty good this year, and MAN, did they get tall!!!!!!!!!

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    A really good heirloom tomato with great taste is Mortgage Lifter. You won't find it at the big box store though. Have to start your own seed from one of the catalogues. They weight about a pound a piece too.

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    What a funny name for a tomato! I have 2 beefsteaks, but they're not ready to be picked yet. In the past, they're my favorites. The Yellow Pear tomatoes are smaller than I thought they'd be (see what happens when you don't read the fine print??), and I really don't detect too much tomato flavor from them. The Romas I've gotten so far have been really good, but small. The upcoming ones look bigger. The fruit was late on all the plants this year, and the plants are very tall.

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    I have heard that too much chemical fertilizer will produce beautiful plants with no taste. My plants are doing so poorly due to the cold weather that I haven't even gotten a tomato yet!

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    I did not do a garden this year due to back problems but in the past I always planted Big Boy. They are not an heirloom but oh man do they ever taste good! I swear by Big boy variety.

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    We plant Early Girl, Better Boy and Arkansas Travelers and we have had more tomatoes than we can use and they taste great. We don't have any problem giving them to folks who don't garden. The heat here has just about done in our garden for the year...Arkansas.

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    Do most of you grow your tomato plants from seed? Or do you buy seedlings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    Do most of you grow your tomato plants from seed? Or do you buy seedlings?
    I always bought seedlings from a local family run greenhouse.

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    I have a Grape Tomato plant in a Topsy Turvy & they are the sweetest tasting tomatoes I have ever tasted. We also have a Cherry Tomato plant in one & it is good but not near as tasty as the grape tomatoes. We have a friemd that is growing beautiful JetStar Tomatoes. They are a high acid tomato & gosh they are soooooo good! I want to try those next year.

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    Have an Amish greenhouse nearby that starts plants. They have a lot of the open pollinated varieties, otherwise known as the heirloom plants. Gave up on the hybrid plants several years ago because of the flavor(less) issue. Love the German pinks, Ox Heart (a meaty roma type) and one that the Amish call Hillbilly. Have some blossom end rot going on right now, too much heat and watering problems binding up calcium. Will probably give them each a Tums in a couple of gallons of water in the morning and see if they won't turn around - not an easy project since we have 8 dozen of them in this year.

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