Sep 9, 2008

Tomatoes on Parade 2008

Here are the long awaited tomato reviews for the 2008 season.

It was one of 'those' years for tomatoes in my yard. While my plants stayed pretty healthy for the most part, my production was a little sporadic. I guess in retrospect , if I take into consideration the cool weather in August,and the frigid month of May,it was an okay to good year. Not all years can be as productive as last year was.

So, without further ado, the Tomatoes of 2008!

Top row from left: Campari F2, X pollination result saladette type, Mr. Stripey.

Bottom row from left: Olena Ukrainian, Aunt Ruby's German Green, small Cherokee Purple.

The following is taken from my notes which are jotted down as I go through the season.

Mr. Stripey- A tiny tad better than store bought,but that's about it. I would normally give a second season to a dud but not this one. Out of all my plants this one just flopped,health and taste wise. The fruits were misshaped and bland. The ones pictured were on the small side, some had grown larger.

Golden Girl- Was a better last year, but still tasty in a sandwich.

Cherokee Purple- Good sized purple beefsteak shaped tomatoes. I was not impressed with the first tomato of the season, but after that I became a Cherokee Purple fan. They were juicy and sweet with velvety smooth meat. Just thinking about it and I want a tomato sandwich!

Campari F2- Red round golf ball sized fruits. Prolific plant. The skin on this one is a bit thick, but the juicy sweetness of the fruit makes up for it. Excellent for store saved seeds.

Aunt Ruby's German Green- Large Green beefsteaks in the 3/4 pound to
1 +1/2 pound range. When it is ripe it is a beautiful gold hued green with a star burst blush of pink radiating from the blossom end . Some of that pink is visible inside as well, which makes this tomato as visually appealing as it is flavorful. The flavor is outstanding! It is tomatoe-y and sweet very complex and the meat is dense and juicy. This is a definite keeper.

Olena Ukrainian- Visually stunning. However too mild for my taste. It is very dense though,and makes good sauce. So while I was disappointed in it as a fresh variety, it makes a good cooking tomato.

Sun Sugar- Extremely productive cherry. The plant grows like a monster. Fruits are sweet as sugar and a great snacker. Mine cracked after even a little rain. But there is so much fruit on it that it really didn't bother me.

?- This was a volunteer and a cross as well. A saladette type, dark brick red with dark green almost black shoulders. The flavor is a good mix of full bodied salty, smokiness of a full sized black and the tangy sweetness of a cherry. I will be growing this one out and will keep you updated.

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