I've got Cherokee Purple this year and it is tasty. I'm also trying a hybrid version of Brandywine, I had only one tomato form each of the two years I tried the original Brandywine, and have had more than that already. I am enjoying the flavor!
I like plum tomatoes the roma. .... they are tasty... good for salads... good for cooking... and most important ripen in about 65 days....which is much better than waiting 110 days for beefeater. I like sweet millions for my salads ... tiny tomatoes
Mine are sweet and juicy - I noticed it all depends on when I pick them and it's hard to tell sometimes whether they are ripe enough. I think they are best when they have a slight orange tint in between the green stripes.
Cherokee Purple, Purple Marazole, Black Krim and Japenese Black Trifele are among the tastiest black tomatoes. I prefe the black tomato for eating. Japenese black trifele is a great juice tomato. It looks like a pear. Makes dark juice. Chocolate Cherry is by far the best tasting of the cherry varieties. Kellogs Breakfast and Amana Orange in the orange varieties. Pineapple,Mr. Stripey and Hillbilly in the striped varieties. Green Zebra and Aunt Rubies German Green in the green varieties. Rose and Brandywine pink in the pink varieties. Big Mayter in the red varieties. These are my personal favorites of the more than 100 varieties that I have tried.
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I'm noticing that a lot of the tasty varieties on this list are black tomatoes. I wonder if there is something about the deeply colored varieties that coincides with sweetness or complex flavors or general wonderfulness.
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I said earlier that Black Krim, Ananas Noire and Green Zebra were among my favorites, and since I had to buy more Black Krim seeds this year I decided to also try Mortgage Lifter, Kellogg and Paul Robeson. I was reading about Paul Robeson being the tastiest "black" and winning different tests but boy did I have a hard time finding seeds. I finally found them at Seedsavers.org. I had to buy the tomato seeds from 3 different companies to get all the varieties I wanted, which led me to buy too many other vegetable seed packets to try. I'm really going to have to start saving seeds myself.LOL
You can tell green tomatoes are ripe when they start to turn a bit yellowish on the top. If you squeeze them (gently), you will notice they are also softer than unripe tomatoes. Green Zebra also turns a yellowish green when ripe. The insides though ARE still green. Usually in the catalogs you will see pictures of how they look when they are ripe.
Oooh! I forgot to mention my new fave from this summer: Hillbilly Potato Leaf.
Like the name implies, the plant's leaves look more like a potato plant's (but it doesn't sprout hillbillies, to the best of my knowledge). The tomatoes are so beautiful! They're sort of sunset-colored, with stripes of red, orange, pink and yellow. Super tasty, too, though you'd want to make sure they're acidic enough to can in a water bath, as @CBRINKLEY401 pointed out.
- I think what you were reading about were hybrid tomatoes bred for a specific reason (disease resistance) and usually not flavor. As others have indicated, plant the heirloom tomatoes. They are by far the tastiest and everone has their favorites. I have been growing them for 20 years and try a new variety every year in addition to my favorites which are: Ananas Noire (also called a black pineapple) from Territorial seed company Black Krim Green Zebra (pick by feel to answer @Sloloser's question)
I've gotten my dentist and doctor hooked on planting an organic garden by giving them samples of those tomatoes. Once you try an heirloom you won't go back to hybrids. Sprinkle ground egg shells around transplants, companion plant with basil and marigolds and don't water overhead and you will cut down on your diseases.
I plant those 3 varieties every year and also like Big Rainbow, Pineapple, Sungold (Cherry tomato). A lot of garden centers are selling some varieties now if you don't want to bother with seed starting. They usually have Brandywine which most people are familiar with.
I agree that the tomatoes you get at the store are bred for ease in transporting and for looks, but they sacrifice taste. I always grow heirloom tomatoes. They may not look as pretty or as smooth, but you can't beat that old fashioned flavor. I order my seeds from Totally Tomatoes, that has hundreds of varieties, both hybrid and heirloom, so you can usually find some that are better suited to your area. (they also have lots of different varieties of peppers, and are starting to carry some other vegetable seeds. And you can also order plants from them). My favorite all around red tomato is Box Car Willie. It's the best tasting red tomato I've tried so far, as well as being meaty and large enough to can. The pink variety that we HAVE to grow every year is called Mortgage Lifter, also known as Radiator Charlie. It is a large tomato, often over a pound each in size. My favorite striped tomato is Big Rainbow. Another large tomato, often over a pound, produces well and very colorful. As for yellow tomatoes, I like both Dixie Gold Giant and Kentucky Beefsteak. Both are more orange than yellow, sweet but very flavorful. Not bland at all like some yellow varieties I've tried. Another sweet and flavorful variety is White Potato Leaf. It is an ivory color, but the skin is soft and easily bruised (you'd never find those in a store, because of this). But it tastes great. I've grown Aunt Ruby's German Green - up to a pound - as well as Green Zebra - about 2" in diameter. If you had your eyes closed, you wouldn't know you were eating a green tomato. Both are regular acid varieties, so can be safely canned in a water bath canner. Great for making a green salsa for Halloween too, if you want. Lastly, I like the flavor of Black from Tula, a Russian variety. Tends to be more brownish red on the outside, while inside can be a dark green around the seeds. These do tend to crack easily, and don't keep long on the vine once they ripen, but almost everyone I know who has tried them say they are outstanding in flavor.
I tend to plant different heirloom varieties every year, but I always make sure to include Cherokee Purple (a very dark red with green shoulders) and Blondkopfschen, a small yellow cherry variety that's super sweet. Our girls eat them like candy, right off the plants.
Another heirloom that I love is called German Pink. Its color is very close to that weird, not-really-red color that supermarket tomatoes are in the winter. But that's its normal color, hence the name. Sweet and soooo tasty!
It has been assessed that red tomatoes are some of the least tasty and were bread that way to attract the supermarket shopper. I'm not saying there aren't some good one out there, but so far it's a bust for me. So next year I want to try something new.
So what kind of tomatoes have you found to be the absolute tastiest you've ever had?
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