I've finalized my selections for this year's tomatoes. Last year I leaned heavily towards unusual colorations. This year my primary focus is excellent taste and decent productivity. I also want to make sure that I am not selecting too many late season varieties. I like to start my salsa consumption in June! With sunny spots being at a premium, I have to keep my selections limited. Here is this year's winners:
Striped Roman: Pictured above. Highly productive, delicious and very meaty. Superior to paste type tomatoes as far as I am concerned. It is returning this year after being found to be excellent in 2010.
German Red Strawberry: New for me this year. This variety is well known for its excellent production of big hearty shaped, excellent flavored tomatoes. On the sweet side.
Pineapple: New for me this year. Its a bicolor, on the sweet side with big fruits.
Matina: Returning. I've now tried both Stupice and Matina for an early. I think Matina slightly edges out Stupice both for taste and productivity. I grow this one to assure I have tomatoes before July first.
JD's Special C-Tex New for me this year. Described as a purple-black slicer with excellent productivity and outstanding flavor. Midseason.
Black Cherry: I tried to grow this last year but Bakers Creek sent me mislabeled seed so I'm trying seed from Mariseeds.com this year. This is the only cherry I'll be growing this year. Its described as a black with excellent flavor.
NevesxBrandywine: New for me this year. A midseason red purported to be in the OMG arena for flavor.
Chocolate Stripes: A regular in my garden every year. Delicious, beautiful, productive and healthy. This year I'll be growing from seeds I saved from a particularly luscious fruit last year.
Aunt Ginny's Purple: Described as a vigorous, pink potato leave of outstanding flavor. On the sweet side. This one is new for me this year too.
Anna Russian: Heart shaped pink with good flavor. New for me.
Teton de Venus: New for me. Really meaty red heart. Very sweet, Very delicious.
Earl's Faux: New for me. Mid-season potato leafed pink with good production and excellent taste.
Brave General: Returning. Among my most productive last year with 84 pounds yield on a single container plant. Its a rich tasting mid-season pink.
Dawson's Russian Oxheart: A big meaty bi-colored heart with good productivity and excellent flavor. New for me.
Brad's Black Oxheart: Elongated black hearts with very good flavor and mixed productivity. Early for this size tomato. New for me.
Sylvan Gaume: Huge red heart of excellent flavor. New for me.
Shuntukski Velikan: Big Russian red with traditional tomato taste. New for me.
Midnite In Moscow: Prolific, early black Russian of excellent flavor. New for me.
Galinas Cherry: I forgot I ordered this one! Potato leaf, yellow cherry with huge yields and excellent flavor. Said to do good in cool weather.
Heart Shaped Brandywine: Received this as a gift from Mariseeds.com. I know nothing about it other than it is a mutation of Brandywine. Should be fun!
Well that's the list. If I end up with more room I'll be adding Vorlon and C. Yugoslavian which were excellent for me last year. Thanks to Tatiana's Tomato base for helping me remember why I ordered these. Her site is the best on the web for zonal descriptions of heirloom tomato performance.