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Tomato Review :) August 29, 2015

Posted by Sindy in Gardening.
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tomato-review_wordpressMy sister is one of the greatest gardeners I know. She can grow almost anything! I wouldn’t be surprised if she can grow a pineapple in the middle of winter without a greenhouse. (Ok, I might be exaggerating.)

The other day I went to visit and she sent me home with a box of several varieties of homegrown tomatoes. To say I was excited is an understatement.

Just for fun, my roommates and I had a little taste test. Here are the results:

Beefmaster

These little tomatoes are kind of funny looking, like a lumpy little red pumpkin, but they have a wonderful, deep, rich flavor. Their skin is a little on the tough side, but it’s not too bad.
All in all, 4.5 out of 5.

Supersteak

The Supersteak tomatoes were nice and big and beautiful shape. If you’re trying to win a gardening contest, you might want to consider these. However, if it’s a flavor contest, you’ll be up a creek without a paddle. These this are bland and they have those annoying fibrous veins that have been showing up in many strains of tomatoes the past few years.
Maybe 3.5 out of 5.

Hamson DX-52

Again with the fibrous veins! These things are getting so annoying. However, these tomatoes (that rumor says were breed just for our short, cold Utah summers) have a beautiful shape and a rich red color they tend to have a funny bottom that looked kind of like a navel orange. Sadly, they were super bland! (As bland as grocery store tomatoes)
A definite 2 out of 5.

Sugar Sweets

Two words: Tomato Candy. These have an awesome flavor! (My landlady still prefers the Cherry Chocolate Tomatoes, but I need to compare them side-by-side.) They have a nice tender skin and a nice red color. They have a funny shape, with most looking like a lop-sided pear.
Between all of us, a 4.5 out of 5.

Early Girl

Now these are the original “Good for Utah Weather” tomatoes that I grew up with. But after discovering all the fun heirloom varieties, I’m rather disappointed in them. They seem to be the “Sugar Sweet Corn” of the tomato world. Super sweet, bland flavor, and kind of tough. Very disappointing.
A sad 2 out of 5.

Our Fave: Beefmaster!

As I told my roommates, “A delightful respite on the palate to eat the Beefmaster last.”

So, what are some of your favorite tomatoes, and why?

Have fun and be good. 🙂

– Sindy

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