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Tomato taste test 2021

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by JWK, Sep 19, 2021.

  1. JWK

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    For my taste Gardener's Delight, Honeymoon, Santonio & Sungold were the outright winners this season.

    Rated out of 10 for TASTE : RIPENING TIME (earliness) : YIELD

    Gardener's Delight 2005 strain: Taste 10 : Earliness 8 : Yield 8 : Tangy taste
    Honey Moon: Taste 9 : Earliness 5 : Yield 7 : Good taste, 8oz fruit, blight resistant
    Sungold F1: Taste 9 : Earliness 10 : Yield 6 : Soft & very sweet
    Santonio: Taste 9 : Earliness 8 : Yield 10 : Firm and Tangy, hardly affected by blight
    Black Cherry: Taste 7: Earliness 8 : Yield 6 : Savoury
    Jaune Flamme: Taste 6 : Earliness 6 : Yield 3 : Soft, Mellow
    Golden Sunrise: Taste 5 : Earliness 6 : Yield 2 : Soft, Mellow

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      Regarding blight, my Honeymoon has shrugged it off. Santonio is also hardly affected but is not advertised as blight resistant. All the other varieties got blight, I chopped off affected leaves and sprayed which slowed down the spread but has drastically reduced the yield. Next year I want to find more blight resistant varieties. All mine were grown together in a greenhouse in the soil.
       
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      • JR

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        Gardeners delight are my favorite.. Twice the flavour of any tomatoes bought in the shops. I'm a bit disappointed with my alicante's this year as they are a bit watery but having said that, it's probably because I'm comparing them to the Gardeners delights.
         
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          I thinking a list of blight resistant varieties maybe in order of preference would be interesting for next year.

          I'm certainly considering giving up growing tomatoes unless I can find a decent blight resistant plant.
           
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            Had the worst year with the most of flowers not setting up fruit (rethinking technics for the next year).
            Tastewise:
            Pera Naranja - sweet delicious, not juicy cherries/plums - 9 - will repeat
            Sergant Pepper - ouch here, none to taste - will try again next year :)
            Irish Stripy - 6 - no taste to my mind - but nice looking and good for cooking (will not repeat)
            Altaya's Gold (russian) - 9 - beefsteak type - large delicious, meaty, will repeat if find a place (already have new varieties delivered for next year)
            Black Cherry, Sungold F1 - love both, Sungold didn't split this year - 9
            and Brandwine Yellow - 9 for taste, but always greedy in quantity in my conditions.
             
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              All of mine are greenhouse grown due to being in Scotland altho this really good summer I might have got away with growing some outside.
              Winner as per usual Sungold, earliest, sweetest, very good yield once they got going. Only slight snag is the skins tend to split. Will definitely grow again next year.
              2nd place Gardner’s Delight 2005 strain. Slower to ripen in comparison to above but still very tasty. Good yield, still producing, only slight downside is the skins sometimes have slight black speckles on them? Not an expert so no idea of the cause, does not affect the taste. Will grow again.
              3rd. Garden Pearl. Comes true from seed. Small variety for hanging basket growing or in pots. Early to ripen like Sungold, not as tasty as either of the above but worth growing due to taking up little room.I’ll probably grow again.
              4th Tumbling Toms. Small cherry tomatoes, not as good as Garden Pearl, will not grow again as not as heavy a cropper and tomatoes somewhat bland.
              5th Was given some seeds of the same variety as used by Heinz in their tomato soup. Sorry do not know the actual variety. Plume tomato shape. Took ages to ripen, small crop, susceptible to a slight attack of botrytis. Tasted of b all and nasty woolly texture. Waste of valuable space, as you might guess not growing again so not fussed I do not know the exact variety!
              Will look for recommendations from others as to another tomato to grow for using in cooking.
               
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                Sorry you have had such a rotten season. Normally it is us Scots moaning! Good idea tho re trying to find the least susceptible varieties. That is what I did with potatoes and happily found Anya to be not a bad alternative to PFA. All my Anya have now died right back and not a sign of blight.
                 
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                  I might try Anya regarding spuds next year, but I've never had my outdoor toms wiped out by blight as early as July before, in well over 20 yrs, if its how its going to be from now on I'm not going to bother.
                   
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                    Last year i had a nice large crop of tomatoes on my allotment.
                    Blight struck just before they ripened. It took the lot out virtually overnight. So i only grow toms at home now.
                    I'll grow early potatoes down there but I'm wary of main crop one's. I'll look into Anya's (grateful for the tip)
                    Google suggests 'setanta' as the most blight resistant main crop spud so maybe I'll look out for some of those.
                     
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                      @pete

                      Blight Resistant Tomatoes
                       
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                        @JR

                        Setanta is OK but a better more blight resistant spud is Sarpo mira - better all rounder for roasting, boiling and chipping.
                         
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                          Crimson Crush big and tasty(greenhouse)
                          Golden pearl not quite as nice as the Sungolds but dont split so good.(greenhouse)
                          Terenzo tumblers, really nice heavy croppers. (outdoors got blight eventually but produced loads first)
                          Growing these next year . :fingers crossed:
                           
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                            Can't eat "raw" Tom's though love cooked. Had Blight over the years with lots of varieties. White fly in greenhouses so have been growing outdoors. This year decided on only two vars. Bought from MEDWYN WILLIAMS a 'show ' person. So Ddraig Goch (first Welsh named variety) and Crimson Crush an outdoor and guaranteed Blight free variety.
                            BEST YEAR EVER FOR TOMS! Great germination in February, massive seedling growth in peatfree compost, and eventual outdoor planting for both (Ddrai goch cordon, Crimson Crush bush)
                            I'm told that the taste was good not bland!
                            Trusses of 5-7 equal large size great looking (well are exhibition var!!) Think having access to soil via ring culture pots helped both growth and taste, and grown in full sunlight.
                            Most fruit made into sauce for Winter and also Soup best there is! Can't see why I won't be growing same next year!
                             
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