Please help me identify this tomato variety

djkj(9b)July 6, 2013

This plant has been growing by itself for the last 2 years or so (from the seeds of the ripe tomatoes falling). They taste delicious and seem to be an indeterminate variety. Can you please help identify them? Int he harvest photo they are towards the viewer.

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Bets(z6A S ID)

Your tomato looks like it might be a "paste" or sauce type of tomato. Other than that no one can say for sure what variety it is since there are literally hundreds of paste types. Tatiana's TomatoBase lists 430 paste type tomatoes and many of them look like your tomatoes. Do you know what kind of tomato was grown there previously?

Identifying a tomato variety from a photo is nearly impossible since there can be a great deal of variance in appearance of a variety in different regions due the the influence of the myriad of factors in growing tomatoes. And then there are so many tomatoes that look alike, but are definately different in other ways (flavor, leaf type, growth habit).

If an "expert" examined your tomato and the plant it came from, they would be able to tell you if the plant were determinate, semi-determinate, or indeterminate; regular leaf, potato leaf, or rugose; perhaps cherry, paste, heart or beefsteak. But if the "expert" was not told what variety that "big fat juicy tomato" was, there is no way to know.

The only way to be relatively sure of what tomato you have, is to obtain seed from a reputable source, start them yourself, make sure you label them and do not mix them up.....and even then it might not be correct.

If you like them, save seeds from them and grow them again.

Sorry I can't give you a difinitive answer. Only the person who planted the original might be able to do so.

Betsy

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 11:20PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Exactly as Betsy said. We get lots of requests to try to do this - ID a fruit or plant - and it is impossible to do. There are literally hundreds of varieties of each type/shape/size/color of any fruit not to mention this was apparently a volunteer so most likely some sort of hybrid throwback..

Dave

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 10:47AM
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djkj(9b)

Thanks for the inputs

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 7:58PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

The ones on the plants (and the harvested front half) probably are either:
--Baby Roma ..OR
-- San Marzano

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 11:25PM
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Bets(z6A S ID)

Seysonn,

They may look like Baby Roma or San Marzano.

But they also look like Amish Paste.

or

Amish Red

or

Opalka

or

One of many other pointed red/pink tomatoes:

Anna's Multiflora
Apple Tree
Vzryv
Aztec
Bobbie
Brandysweet Plum
Brin de Muguet
Britain's Breakfast
Burkina Faso
Burning Spear
Cornue Des Andes
Eleanor
Ernie's Pointed
Ernie's Pointed
Lau's Pointed Leaf
Erotica
Fireworks
Food Pantry Grape
Gallo Plum
High Crimson
Howard German
Iditarod Red
Jet
Jolly F1
Kiev
Kimberley
Kotlas
Kron-Prince
Laketa
Larisa
Legenda Tarasenko
Micro Tom
Myona
Polish Linguisa
Rianto
Roger's Juicy Red Oblong
Romanita
Roza Vetrov
Rozovyi Flamingo
Russian Dagger
Sarnowski Polish Plum
Shapka Monomakha
Sosulka Rozovaya
Sweet Dreams
Téton de Vénus
Téton de Vénus Jaune
Tip Top
Trinity Red
Ukrainian Poet
VB Russia
Zwerg Israel

Or hundreds of others.

Yeah, I know not all of those are paste tomatoes, but they are all red or pink and usually do have nipples on the blossom end. I didn't really want to narrow it down more, but you shouold get my point.

MY point is, with VERY few exceptions, you can't tell a variety by looking.

Betsy

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 5:46PM
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