Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Three Unique Tomato Varieties

3 Tomato Varieties, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com

Three Unique Tomato Varieties

The seed catalogs are pouring in and it's almost time to order seeds for your 2013 garden!

Tomatoes are one of the most important vegetables in my garden because after preserving (canning) them then during the winter I create many of our meals with canned tomatoes as the base (click to see 5 Different Dishes from Home-Canned Tomato Sauce)

There are some seed varieties that I stick with each growing season but every year I  plant a few new varieties to test out.  In 2012 I planted 3 unique Tomato Varieties.  There is a KEEPER, a LOOKER and a THROWER.

3 Tomato Varieties, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com

1.  Valencia - the top orange variety is the KEEPER (see picture above).  The taste is so sweet with very few seeds and many tomatoes per plant.  The Valencia has become my new favorite tomato variety - it is a Keeper and I will be growing this tomato again this year.  This is also an Heirloom variety (click to see the difference between Heirloom & Hybrid).
2.  Speckled Roma - the bottom bright red tomato with streaks of orange is the LOOKER (see picture above).  This was an absolute beauty!!  Even before it was ripe when it was green the glorious detail was shining through the skin (see picture below).  The taste & texture was very good - meaty like a Roma should be but the problem with this variety was the amount.  Each bush had a very sparse amount of tomatoes.  It was nice to look at but with so few per vine I decided NOT to grow the Speckled Roma this year. 
3 tomato varieties, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com

3. Black Russian Krim - the middle dark red tomato is the THROWER (see the second picture above). This tomato was terrible!! The taste was bland and it was very seedy - many times I didn't know if it was rotten or ripe since the "ripe" color is supposed to be dark red/almost black. The only thing that this tomato was good for was throwing at nasty neighbors, young children and the feeble elderly (Just making sure that you were reading!!! - don't worry - I don't throw tomatoes at people.......well, except at my husband.......no not even at him). I will never grow this tomato variety again - it was a waste of garden space!

3 tomato varieties, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com


3 Tomato Varieties, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com



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    Epecially growing them.
    Thank you for sharing this information.
    I have been seed dreaming shopping.
    Woolie Hugs


  2. If it is one thing I do not mind growing in my little section of the garden is tomatoes. I like watching them grow and I love eating them. Your variety looks nice.

  3. My mom loves all tomatoes. I'm going to have to ask her if she's ever had these.

    Thanks for being my 500th follower! :) Started following you back via gfc and pinterest. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  4. I love growing tomatoes...so thanks for the info. I have never tried valencia before. hubby is stubbornly stuck on his better boys.

  5. You know, I saw the Valencia tomatoes at the store but skipped them because they looked like they were not ripe. So used to bright red to be the tell-sign. I am going to go buy some, now that I know that they taste so good. Thanks for teaching me something new :)

    1. Great - I'm so glad to help - let me know if you like the Valencia as much as I do.


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