2019 Tomato Trial Results
So it is late July and I am returning from a week away and when I come home I am in for a big surprise! The tomatoes in my big 16 x 20 foot greenhouse are literally falling off the plants! And this means one thing… it is time to tally up the tasting notes and record the data for this year’s crop of tomatoes.
I try to be a disciplined gardener and only grow one plant of each kind but this year two plants came back from fruit left in the greenhouse. And that means I have more to show off than I thought. Read more to see what I found out! PS Thanks to Laurie for doing th tasting with me. It is always good to have a second opinion. (Read to the bottom for the great tomato challenge)
#1 CHOCOLATE STRIPES: Plant came from Ted. This is the only one I didn’t grow myself but it was so good I thought it was worth sharing. Size:100+ mm. Type: Heirloom Beefstake Colour: Red with green stripes. Shape: flattened oval. Notes: grown outside and still ready early
Tasting Notes: Nice tomato flavour, meaty, nique looks. At first the taste is tart and then there is an after-sweetness. Nice for a large tomato. *Lauries overall favourite.
#2 REISTOMATE: Seeds came from Emma Biggs in 2018 and even so 100% germinated in 2019. Size: 70-90 mm. Type: Uniquely shaped Heirloom with double flowers and multiple fruits. Colour: Red. Shape: like bubbles. Greenhouse grown.
Tasting Notes: Skin separates from fruit, tangy but not sweet. Papery thin skin left in mouth.
#3 CHOCOLATE SPRINKLES: Seeds from Stokes but these ones reseeded themselves in a self-watering box and produced fruit early even though they were not started ahead of time and transplanted. Size: 25 mm. Type: Cherry. Colour: Red/green. Shape: oval. Greenhouse grown.Tasting Notes: Delicious, not seedy. Nice texture. Sweet, crisp, flavourful but skin a bit tough while biting in. ** Donna’s favourite.
#4 BIGDENA: Seeds from Johnny’s select seeds. Size: 60-90 mm Typre: Beefsteak. Colour: Red. Shape: round to flattened. Greenhouse grown.
Tasting Notes: Very little flavour but so beautiful and uniform. Almost bland. Fleshy (like an ideal tomato), bland.
#5 TORONJINA: Seeds from Johnny’s select seeds. Size 15-30 mm. Type: Cherry. Colour: Orange. Shape: round. Greenhouse grown.
Tasting Notes: Tangy, sweet. Brighter flavour. “So fresh it tastes like sunshine.”
#6 SUNRISE BUMBLEBEE: Seeds from Westcoast seeds and self seeding. Size: 22-26 mm, Type: Cherry. Colour: Orange with red stripes. Shape: oval. Greenhouse grown. Note: The seeds that sprouted on their own in the greenhouse produced fruit before the ones started indoors and transplanted into greenhouse.
Tasting Notes: Tart, not as flavourful as other cherries but so pretty on the plate. Skin chewy. Chewy, fresh flavour.
#8 EDOX: Seeds from Johnny’s select seeds. Size: 20-25 mm. Type: Cherry. Colour: Red. Shape: round. Greenhouse grown.
Tasting Notes: Tough compared to other cherries. Sweet but not sugary. Skin too thick. Flavourful.
#9 JULIET: Seeds from William Dam Seeds. Size: 25-30 mm. Type: paste. Colour: Red. Shape: oval. Greenhouse grown.
Tasting Notes: Bland but evenly coloured with light sweetness. Produces early and heavy. Different smooth flavour. Thin skin left in mouth.
#10 SUNSUGAR: From William Dam seed. Size: 10-25 mm. Type: Cherry. Colour: golden-orange. Shape: round. greenhouse grown.
Tasting Notes: Tangy, sweet, dry skin left in mouth. Sweet but not as flavourful as Toronjina, skin separates.
#11 MOUNTAIN MAGIC: William Dam seeds. Size:30-40 mm. Type: Cocktail. Colour: red. Shape: round. greenhouse grown. Tasting Notes: Bland, seeds small, nice medium-sized but chewy with uniform flavour. Chewy, dense, easy skin to dissolve. Nice looking inside.
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Donna Balzer is the Brand Ambassador for BCGreenhouse Builders and she has two greenhouses in her big backyard.
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