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Regional Horticulture Educator for Penn State Extension, Franklin County,
Chambersburg, PA joins us to share the results of the 2011 tomato tasting, and
make some suggestions for the tomatoes to order now to grow this year in your
trials focusing mostly on tomatoes (also peppers and other plants) have been
running since 2000. Every year, up to 70 tomato varieties are grown and judged
for taste, production, disease resistance, ease of training and
that although the heirloom varieties are often delicious, the yields may be low.
Some of the winning old-timers have drawbacks, for example incredibly delicious
and beautiful yellow, orange and red ‘Pineapple’ is susceptible to cracking. Do
we home gardeners care? Some of us do, some are happy to put up with blemishes
for wonderful flavor. Steve again recommended Burpee’s ‘Brandy Boy’, which
combines the flavor of the favorite heirloom ‘Brandywine’ with the high yield
and disease resistance of a modern hybrid for those who want the best of both
worlds. Other well-known heirloom winners included ‘Mortgage Lifter’, ‘Arkansas
Traveler’ and ‘Marianna’s Peace’.
If sweetness is what you are after, many of the cherry and grape types will be
the varieties you’ll hope to grow. ‘Sakusa Honey’ is just about the best, but
Steve pointed out that the price of the seeds (from Johnny’s Seeds) was steep –
a whopping $9.95 per pack. Other cherry types noted were ‘Red Pearl’, ‘Five
Star’, ‘Maglia Rosa’, and ‘Sun Gold’ -- a small orange, moderately
disease-resistant variety with a flavor that was described as
tomatoes that were judged best for taste included ‘Scarlet Red’, ‘Big Beef’,
‘Celebrity’ and ‘Stupice’.
A few patio types
to try in containers that did well in the judging were ‘Bush Early Girl’, Bush
Steak’, and ‘Sweet ‘N Neat’. (Photos courtesy Steve Bogash and PA