Stupice--So good and so bad...

Ispahan Zone6a ChicagoAugust 18, 2011

This year I am growing one 'Stupice' plant. It is such a healthy, vigorous, compact, plentiful, attractive plant. It never complained when it was cold and windy earlier this spring, and it never stopped blooming or setting multitudes of little tomatoes during our extended hot spell last month. And, wow, does it ever produce like crazy. So far, I have harvested over 60 fruit from it all ranging in size from ping-pong ball to 3 oz. mini-slicer. And there are many more yet to come with no signs of slowing down. I have never seen a tomato variety that is more easy-going or "giving." Oh, and did I mention I have it growing in partial shade this year, too?

Problem is, I just don't enjoy eating it all that much. The small fruits are beautiful, but they are bland, watery, mushy and flavorless. It tastes much better when I cook it or even when I make juice, but for fresh eating it is awful, just a shy notch above a gassed supermarket surprise.

This is not the first time I have grown 'Stupice'. I always end up planting it each season just because it is so easy and plentiful, and is the surest way of getting tomatoes without actually buying them at the store. But every time I am flooded with its fruit and try to eat it, I wonder why I even bother with it.

I wish there were a tomato with the ease, productivity, health and hardiness of 'Stupice' with more of the fruit size, flavor and memorability of something like 'Indian Stripe' or 'Large Pink Bulgarian' (both of which are wonderful tomatoes by the way). It doesn't even need to be as early as 'Stupice', just as amazingly dependable and resilient. Next year I think I will make it a point to stay away from early varieties entirely and just concentrate on later, but much more delicious tomatoes.

So, what do you all think of 'Stupice'? A keeper or a spitter?

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colokid(5)

I mostly agree with you BUT. I all ways grow one stupice. They don't taste that bad when it early and there is no other tomato. It will stand in the cold wind and bloom when the others give up.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 1:10PM
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Bets(z6A S ID)

colokid has it right, the stupice is a wonderful tomato when you can't get any other homegrown tomatoes. Later in the season I will add them to my sauces that I am canning. They are pretty darn good as sauce in the winter when you don't have fresh tomatoes.

Betsy

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 2:25PM
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californian

I agree too. I will always plant one Stupice because it is so early and keeps kicking out tomatoes, but once better tasting tomatoes become available the fruit is just left to rot on the vine because most people would rather eat something else.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 7:43PM
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yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)

ispahan - thanks for this post. I had put Stupice on my list of tomatoes to try, but I will be crossing it off.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 7:13AM
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stacyp9(5 Chicago)

I prefer Matina. Just as early, just as productive but slightly better tasting. It still is no Carbon or Black Krim, but its not a spitter. I grow it to get tomatoes early. Then when the tastier varieties start producing, it is salsa filler. :)

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 6:43PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

Sorry, but I only have good things to say about Stupice.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 8:52PM
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simmran1

ispahan,

From your post it seems you are looking for maybe not as early, but taste prevailing 6 ounce. One that I grow every year is Mountain Princess, because I like the taste balance. It can be grown in a 6-10 gal. pot, or growbag and that's what I do, I grow it outside of the garden. In the earlier (and smaller) category I agree with Matina, (although seedy) having an edge over Stupice in taste.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 10:32PM
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olivia_marie

I have to agree... once my others start coming in, I stop wanting to just pop my stupices in my mouth. I've been dehydrating mine with great success. Cut in half, scoop out seeds, and stick on the dehydrator at 125 for about 8 hours. The dried product is not as good as my red figs, which I grow specifically to dry, but they're pretty darn good. No waste!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2011 at 1:19AM
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eric30

My 1st year growing them. I like that I can go out and pick a couple handfulls every other day while I wait for everything else to ripen. I sliced a bunch up on a pizza with some seasoning and it brought out some great flavor when baked.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2011 at 3:12AM
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bobb_2002(Z6 S.W. CT)

I usually grow Stupice and in a good year I can have ripe fruit by Memorial Day. The early ones don't have the best taste but they get better as the weather gets warmer; I think that is true of most varieties. I always try to grow at least 6 or 8 different kinds so I always have some ripe fruit even if the weather gets hot, or cold, or dry or rainy. And different varieties are resistant to different diseases and environmental stresses.

Bob B.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2011 at 5:15PM
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planatus(6)

As long as they are still a little firm, Stupice is great and only go mealy when they are overripe. We eat some of the early ones fresh, but mostly dry them. Their little size is perfect for three slices that go straight into the dehydrator. We usually grow 5-6 plants just for drying.

Another vigorous small-fruited heirloom, Tropic, will set heavy crops and stands up to disease, but it doesn't fruit early like Stupice.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2011 at 10:42AM
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eric30

Don't tomatoes taste the best if they are ripened on the vine?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2011 at 12:54AM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

I used to grow Stupice and prefer Matina which is a look alike in all ways except I think the taste is better and it too is early and productive and have tried Kimberly and Bloody Butcher as well.

But what I currently like the best is Moravsky Div, which is very early and for me has great taste.

There were four different Stupicka's developed in Czechoslovakia, two for outdoor growing and two for glass house growing.

At another site there's been a very long thread about Moravsky Div and there appears to be some agreement with research done with Moravoseed and other places in Europe that Moravsky Div may be one of the indoor ones but grows great outside as well.

In my experience the fruits of MD are a bit smaller than conventional Stupice or Matina but the taste is much much better and it has performed well for me in my area all summer.

Below is a link to Tania's T-base for seed sources and I was the source of seed to Glecklers, Jeff Casey, Sandhill and Victory Seeds, where I usually send the best of what I've grown each year. I also send to Linda Sapp at TGS but she's very behind in trialing varieties right now.

Glenn Drowns comment at Sandhill amused me b/c he notes in his catalog/website that he put out 4 inch transplants and had fruits 43 days later.

Carolyn

Here is a link that might be useful: Seed sources for Moravsky Div

    Bookmark   August 24, 2011 at 7:24AM
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