Pick The Best Tomatoe in each Category

greenthumbzdudeJuly 28, 2014

1. Best tasting
2. Most productive
3. Earliest producer
4. Largest
5. Ugliest
6. Tallest (plant)
* feel free to add more categories

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sheltieche

well, I tend to choose keeper tomato varieties by first 3 categories- for my zone 5 garden it has to be early, productive and tasty to earn its real estate so I am up to a good number of those. I prefer large ones as I mostly can for salsa, sauces etc. So again many large hearts and beefs. I try to keep variety of colors and shapes too.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 1:13AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Good Topic.
In my case, it is still to early to call in some categories.

1. Best tasting : To Early to name One.
2. Most productive: I have 3 of them. But I picl Bloody Butcher
3. Earliest producer : Siletz
4. Largest : Cherokee Purple
5. Ugliest : BLANK
6. Tallest (plant) : Sun Gold

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 2:06AM
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CaraRose

Just going with what I'm growing--

1. Best tasting
Tie between brandywine and cherokee purple. I'm still leaning towards brandywine.

2. Most productive
Tumbling tom may win this. Bloody Butcher has also been very productive.

In amount of fruit to size ratio of production, I'd give it to red robin. The plant is six inches and loaded. However it won't be nearly as productive overall as any of the bigger plants.

3. Earliest producer
Bloody Butcher

4. Largest
I don't weigh mine. Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Big Beef, and Bushsteak have all produced some very large fruit.

5. Ugliest
Got some megablooms and catfaced fruit on Cherokee Purple that are pretty ugly.

6. Tallest (plant)
Orange Roma. At this point I'm thinking of topping it.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 9:01AM
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fireduck(10a)

In my containers: Best tasting: Cherokee Purple Most productive: Sungold Earliest: Sungold Favorite: Cherokee Purple and Carbon

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 9:27AM
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smithmal

1. Best tasting: Black Cherokee, Kellogg's Breakfast, Sungold
2. Most productive: Celebrity, Black Cherry, Dr. Carolyn
3. Earliest producer: Indian Stripe, Kimberly
4. Largest: Kellogg's Breakfast, Marianna's Peace
5. Ugliest: never met an ugly tomato before
6. Tallest (plant): Black Cherry, Matt's Wild Cherry

Other catagories:
Best Red
Best Yellow
Best Green
Best Bi-color
Best Black
Most disease resistant
Most drought tolerant
Needs least amount of sun
Easiest to Grow from Seed

smithmal

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 5:33PM
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barrie2m_

Some repeats here:

1. Best tasting: SunSugar or Sungold
2. Most productive: Big Beef or Celebrity

  1. Earliest producer: Yellow Mini, SunSugar or SunGold
    4. Largest: Pineapple
    5. Ugliest: Riesetomate
    6. Tallest (plant): Jasper
    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 11:04PM
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chicago_farmer(5)

1. Best Tasting: The first one
2. Most productive: Reisentraube
3. Earliest: Yellow pear
4. Largest: Brandywine 1.5 lbs largest so far
5. Anything with blossom end rot
6. Grape

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 7:25AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Her is another shot at it:

1. Best tasting --------->>> Sungold + Ananas Noire + Cherokee purple
2. Most productive --->>> Matina, Bloody Butcher
3. Earliest producer --->>> Siletz, Bloody Butcher
4. Largest ---->>>> Ananas Noire ~~ 20 oz.
5. Ugliest --->>> None
6. Tallest (plant) ---->>>> Sun Gold, Matina

I have yet to taste a few, like Green Zebra, Siberian, Stripy.

This post was edited by seysonn on Sun, Aug 31, 14 at 23:53

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 9:58AM
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rt_peasant(5 CO)

1. Best tasting - Cherokee Purple or Gary'O Sena for slicing tomatoes, Sungold for cherries.
2. Most productive - Last year I grew a Rutgers Select that produced approximately 230 tomatoes, but Big Beef is the most consistent heavy producer that I've grown. Also, Sungold which produces 100's of cherry tomatoes.
3. Earliest producer - Sungold
4. Largest - Cherokee Purple (25 oz.)
5. Ugliest - ??
6. Tallest (plant) - My plants always flop over when they exceed the height of my CRW cages, but the biggest plant is always a Sungold. They typical get 12' to 15' in diameter in my garden.
7. Overall Favorite - Brandy Boy (for balanced tomatoey flavor, productivity, and earliness)

Sungold was mentioned in 4 categories. It's probably not a coincidence that it's got a permanent spot on my grow lists.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 12:46AM
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Kimadano(4a)

1. Best tasting - Djeena Lee Golden Girl - Wow!
2. Most productive - Druzba
3. Earliest producer - Moskovich
4. Largest - Cherokee purple 22 oz.
5. Ugliest - Moskovich (BER)
6. Tallest (plant) - Red Pear - Stopped measuring at 10 feet

    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 6:22PM
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green_go

1. Best tasting - KBX, Rebel Yell, Black from Tula.
2. Most productive - Azoychka, Fish Lake Oxheart
3. Earliest producer - Latah
4. Largest - unknown variety given to me by my aunt from Ukraine. Fruits are absolutely HUGE.
5. Ugliest - none
6. Tallest (plant) - Coyote, orange cherry from Costco

    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 8:44PM
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HotHabaneroLady(7a Central MD)

Just considering this years tomatoes:

1. Best tasting
Azoychka -- very lemony, taste with lots of the acid component. Maybe the best tasting tomato I have ever had, especially for those of us who just adore lemony tastes. :)

2. Most productive
Probably green zebra. But nothing is very productive this year.

3. Earliest producer
Azoychka

4. Largest
Mortgage lifter (r.c.)

5. Ugliest
Cherokee purple

6. Tallest (plant)
Mortgage lifter. I'm going to have to top them because they are getting taller than the fence I am using as a trellis.

Angie

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 9:48AM
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eileen_gardener

About 10 years ago when I first started growing tomatoes I grew, among a lot of others, the brandywine. It was prolific and delicious!! In the years after that, although they were nice, the flavour wasn't so good and I didn't get many. But this year the brandywines were again delicious and better than I have ever tasted. Much better than the others I grew. Maybe it has to do with the weather conditions because this summer was really good weather wise.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2014 at 7:37PM
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maj742(5)

1. Best tasting - Indigo Blue Beauty
2. Most productive - Sun Sugar
3. Earliest producer - Sun Sugar
4. Largest - tie: Scarlet Red/Big Beef
5. Ugliest - Polish Linquisa
6. Tallest (plant) Sun Sugar
Ate first - Indigo Blue Beauty Indigo
Ate second - Sun Sugar
Ate third - Chocolate Cherry
Ate fourth - Big Beef
Most disappointing - Martino's Roma
Next most disappointing - Defiant PHR Hybrid
Did well - Sun Sugar, Big Beef, Scarlet Red Hybrid, Chocolate Cherry
Delicious but only average yield - Indigo Blue Beauty
Won't plant again - Martinos Roma, Polish Linquisa

    Bookmark   September 10, 2014 at 1:38PM
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Aaron_Wisconsin_(5)

hi maj742, why do you think Matino's roma is disappointing? not productive or something else?

I am planning to plant some for next year. This year I also planted two. But I started so late that I don't think they will have any chance to mature.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2014 at 1:22AM
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maj742(5)

Aaron,
My garden here in Green Bay had many great tomatoes, but I thought Martino's Roma was tasteless, mealy and dry. The bush was first to attract a leaf disease which spread to other Martinos and to other nearby varieties. They were very small fruits, which tended to drop to the ground easily even when they were green. I also thought my other roma, Polish Linquisa was tasteless, dry, mealy, and the fruits cracked a lot after rain. I guess I am done with romas.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2014 at 6:04PM
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maj742(5)

Aaron,
My garden here in Green Bay had many great tomatoes, but I thought Martino's Roma was tasteless, mealy and dry. The bush was first to attract a leaf disease which spread to other Martinos and to other nearby varieties. They were very small fruits, which tended to drop to the ground easily even when they were green. I also thought my other roma, Polish Linquisa was tasteless, dry, mealy, and the fruits cracked a lot after rain. I guess I am done with romas.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2014 at 6:06PM
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LKZZ(7b)

1. Best tasting - Black Krim
2. Most productive - Large Red Cherry
3. Earliest producer - Large Red Cherry
4. Largest - German Johnson
5. Ugliest - N/A
6. Tallest (plant) - Large Red Cherry
7. Most prone to disease - Large Red Cherry and Amish Paste
8. Prettiest - Box Car Willie (see picture)

    Bookmark   October 25, 2014 at 9:05AM
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