Favorite Tomato

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Well pretty soon it is time to start thinking about those wonderful tomatoes. I'd like to hear everyone's favorite. My favorite tasting tomato is Black Krim. It has a salty sweet flavor that is just fabulous. sliced it is the ugliest thing you ever saw, but for flavor it is really hard to beat. My absolute favorite tomato to serve as a main course with soup and salad is a great big "Delicious" tomato. I love to slice these tomatoes into inch thick steaks and serve them just as you would a steak. They are wonderful seasoned and served with baked potato and a hot vegetable. They can even be broiled a few minutes in the oven with perhaps a little mozzarella cheese on top. My "Delicious" tomatoes usually run between 7 and 8 inches across, but don't expect this plant to be extremely productive. Mine have produced six or seven good sized tomatoes per plant. The reason to grow these is for quality not quantity. Totally Tomatoes, has recently developed a more selected strain of Delicious, the name of which slips my mind right now. I will be interested in seeing if I can't get better production and maintain or better the quality from this new strain.

Little Bit farm

-- Little bit Farm (littlebit@farm.com), January 21, 2002


My absolute favorite tomato is Pruden's Purple, which is not really purple. Meaty, perfect balance of sweet & acid, delicate skin which doesn't crack, ripens fairly early for a really big tomato. Great heirloom!

-- HV (veggie@ourplace.com), January 21, 2002.

I grew Black Krim last year and we only got about a dozen tomatoes of of ten plants! They cracked so bad that they rotted before they ripened and then my family did not care for the taste, which they described as "fermented tomato wine." I have thought about trying them again this year from a different seed source. I like to try tomatoes for at least 2 years before they are discarded. My fav. last year was "Rose" I got the seed from Johnny's and it lived up to and surpassed their discription. My other fav would be German Johnson. For a canning tomato I grow Opalka, they are a sauce type with a complex sweet flavor. I love the heirlooms.

-- Lynelle (x2ldp@aol.com), January 23, 2002.

My favorite VARIETY so far is pink ponderosa, but my favorite TOMATO is anything my California uncle can raise in his sunny, hot, dry back yard. He waters a great deal, of course, but the flavors of any tomato he raises is going to be richer and more intense than anything I raise in Kansas! Yum!

-- Terri (hooperterri @prodigy.net), January 24, 2002.


I love tomatoes, but definitely do not have a green thumb.

I have without success tried to grow a very small garden for the last two or three years. It has been a big dream of mine for many years, as my husband was in the military for 20 years. I couldn't wait until we retired to start my garden.

Sad to say, I have been a complete failure. I know absolutely nothing about it. And the books and TV shows seem very complicated concerning the soil.

This year I was thinking about forgetting the garden and just buying some tomato plants and put them in planters on the front porch.

Our soil where I now live is bad. Rock and clay. Can I just buy some "top soil" from a company and have a decent garden?

Can anyone help me?

Thank you in advance.

-- D. Lee Muse (dleemuse@yahoo.com), January 26, 2002.

I have been experimenting with many paste tomatoes. By far, I have to say the Opalkas are not only the sweetest for sauce, they are quite good off the vine. Very interesting in appearance and big sturdy vines. My favorite!!!

-- D Townsend (Gothic80@aol.com), August 18, 2002.

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