Favorite Tomato

Every body knows that home grown vine ripened tomatoes are way better than anything store bought. The question is out of all the tomatoes you grow at home which one is your favorite?
Here’s mine: Care to guess the name of this tomato?
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This is the first tomato I could classify as wow, excellent, delicious, or very tasty. The color and texture show some heirloom qualities.
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We might need an inch scale before deciding this is a classic beefsteak tomato.
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Steve
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your both wrong ; )
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says...

Any that survives this year's blight.
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wrote:

Ain't that the truth! This year has been a disaster for our tomatoes. We normally can anywhere from 30 to as many as 80 liters each summer but this year we don't have enough to bother putting the kettle on. As far as the original question, we don't have any one favourite tomato. All the heirloom varieties we grow are excellent. There's a picture of some of them from a previous year at http://tinypic.com/r/2lu8ihi/3 The Hillbilly (also known as Flame) in the center of the picture weighed 968 grams (over 2 pounds).
Ross. Southern Ontario, Canada. AgCanada Zone 5b 43Ί 17' 26.75" North 80Ί 13' 29.46" West
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snipped-for-privacy@forteinc.com wrote:

My Porter tomatoes are hardly affected by the blight. They are lush and healthy and about 7 feet tall. (no ripe fruit yet.) I also planted Legend, which is supposed to be Late Blight resistant, and the plants are bout dead but I've picked about 2 dozen wonderful tomatoes, and there's another dozen nice fruit on the dying plants.
I'll plant the Porters again next year, and get them in the ground earlier and a little more space between the plants (they are kind of crowded now.) Not sure if I'll plant Legend again, but if I do I'll keep 'em sprayed with a fungicide. They taste good enough they are probably worth another try.
If I was smart, I would give up on tomatoes and devote a lot more space to tomatillos. They grow so much better here and have no disease or pest problems. (I don't even plant them, I just select a few volunteers every year and transplant them)
Bob
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I think it's Caspian Pink.
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black krim

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Early Girl.
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poor have no food, they call you a communist.²
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Mike said:

I have trouble deciding between Aunt Gertie's Gold and Persimmon. Orange Strawberry is very good eating, too, but the seedling plants are not vigorous and it seems excessively prone to BER and cracking.
For a red (well, deep pink) tomato, Kosovo. Sweet, yet complex.
And for a cherry, I like SunSugar. Everybody I serve them to loves them. (They are very much like Sun Gold in flavor but not as prone to splitting.)
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plants, but the local farmer's market wholesale section had them for $25 a peck. They're like a miniature Cherokee Purple. Steve
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Best tomato for me is stupis for eating, roma and early girl for canning, and the cherry is sweet million.
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a lot of Black Krim and Cherokee purple this year but found them too grainy textured for my taste.
I believe that the Yellow Brandywine is the best tomato I have ever eaten, however they are not very good for canning.
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wrote:

I'm a fan of First Ladies and Bradley's - grown by seed, not the store bought plants that aren't really Bradley's anymore.
My current favorite is a Roma, as that's what's producing in my garden.

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I am new to heirlooms, but of the six I grew this year, I was most partial to Yellow Stuffer. It looks like a bright yellow pepper, it has a very small clump of seeds so it's a cinch to de-seed it, and it has a really crisp texture. It's hollow in the middle, so all you eat is the outer flesh. I liked its color and flavor in my salads, and I appreciated having a really firm home-grown tomato. My kids liked Garden Peach because it's small, fuzzy, and wildly abundant.

Is it Tigerella? --S.
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Oh well, it looks like no one gets the cookie this time ; )
It's a Rutgers Tomato!
The plant also had good yield and growth with all the fruits finishing up nearly at the same time.
More on the Rutgers Tomato:
Rutgers is an old open pollenated variety that excells as a canning tomato variety or as a slicer. It was originally developed by a Rutgers University scientist named Lyman G. Schermerhorn in co-operation with the Campbell's Soup Company in 1934. The Rutgers Tomato was developed by crossing Marglobe with a variety called JTD.
As time went on, Rutgers became the most famous tomato worldwide and once made up over 70% of the tomatoes being processed in the United States. The Rutgers Tomato put the State of New Jersey on the map for tomato production which at one time was the leading state in tomato production (today that honor is held by California).
Due to its close association with New Jersey, the Rutgers Tomato was also sometimes known as the Jersey Tomato.
Produces intense, red colored, round tomato fruits that grow on strong vines. Rutgers is a popular variety that will easily supply the most Tomato Hungry household with an abundance of tomatoes. After all these years, it is still one of the best!
Of particular note, when NASA sent tomato seeds into space, the Rutger's Tomato (supplied by Parks Seed Co.) was the variety they used in the Seeds In Space program.
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There are three that I grow at home, even though they take 1-2 weeks longer to ripen than many "heirloom" varieties.
1) Brandywine red. True brandywine (suddath) grow only a couple of tomatoes per regular leaf plant. The ones I like are potato leaf and grow many fruit per plant.
2) Prudans purple.
3) Cherokee anything. They come in red, purple and chocolate. I have even heard of a yellow variety.

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Any tomato that is red and juicy

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I have to say that I like some of the common varieties.
I have grown a few this year but I really liked Gardener's Delight.
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