Each year we have a couple of varieties that just really blow our skirts up. Here's our list. We're drooling while writing this.
Aunt Ruby's German Green Heirloom Ark of Taste variety
Mid/Late Season - 80 Days
Good in varying climates
One of our best tasting tomatoes 2 years in a row! Beautiful and delicious Heirloom beefsteak variety from Ruby Arnold of Greenville, TN. Slightly flattened, 1-pound fruits that ripen to a soft green-yellow with a slight pink blush that extends to the inside. Fruity, subtle, sweet and juicy with good texture. Great sliced on its own or topped with a bit of Burrata.
Gajo De Melon
Mid Season - 80 Days
Sweet Sweet Sweet! These beautiful little cherry tomatoes are orange-yellow with a hint of pink. No acid, and as sweet as Sungold but with much better complexity to back it up. The skin was a little thicker than the average cherry in our 2011 garden, but the flavor was well worth it. Our plants were polite, not overly large, but produced well.
Late Season - 85 Days
A stunning, wonderful, 1 ½ lb. yellow and red bi-color beefsteak tomato with pink marbling in the blossom end, thin skin and luscious sweet, well balanced flavors. Our absolute favorite tomato in 2010. Likes a warm summer.
Sudduth Strain Brandywine
Ark of Taste variety
Late Season - 85 - 90 Days
This wonderful Heirloom Brandywine strain was handed down by Dorris Sudduth Hill whose family grew them for 80 years. Large pink beefsteak fruits to 2 pounds. Incredibly rich, intense, complex tomato flavors, very well balanced. We love this tomato, and this variety of Brandywine has produced well for us. We will grow it every year!
San Marzano Redorta
Mid Season - 75 – 80 Days
There a several San Marzano strains, popular and famous as a paste tomato. A staple in both our gardens, this strain produces large fruit AND great taste for a paste tomato. Fantastic for salsa too. The fruit is meaty with few seeds and little gel. These tomatoes can get as big as your hand. Named for a mountain, Pizzo Redorta in Bergamo, Italy.
Mid Season - 76 Days
One of our surprise favorites last year! Originally, we decided to grow this one purely out of a romantic image of Galapagos Tortoises snacking on these little wild tomatoes. It’s back this year because it’s such an impressive variety. This was a happy, healthy, very vigorous, very heavy producer of great tasting cherry tomatoes for us in 2011. The first cherry variety to produce last year, the flavor is a nice balance of sweetness and complexity. Not tart, but not overly sweet, we found ourselves snacking on these more than any other cherry. Give this one a little extra room and an extra large cage, it will sprawl!