Friday, July 23, 2010

Fantastic Tomatoes!

Today's harvest includes 68 SunGold, 31 White Currant, 22 Garden Peach, 11 Babywine, 11 Husky Cherry Red, 8 Snow White (front yard), 8 Japanese Black Trifele, 7 Poma Amoris Minora Lutea, 7 Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge (6 ounces, 9 ounces, 6 ounces), 6 Black From Tula, 6 Snow White (back yard), 5 Gajo de Melon, 5 Red Currant(1), 5 Red Currant(2), 3 Marianna's Peace, 3 Nyagous, 3 Black Oxheart (11 ounces, 10.5 ounces, 14 ounces), 3 Lyn's Mahogany Garnet, 3 Aunt Ruby's German Green(1) (6 ounces, 8 ounces, 13.5 ounces), 2 Violet Jasper, 2 Miss Elliotte Black, 2 Plum Tigris, 2 Red Boar, 2 Gypsy, Red Grape, Azoychka/not Azoychka, Jaune Flamme(2), T. C. Jones, Yellow Perfection, Berkeley Tie-Dye Heart, Ananas Noire, Sweet Tangerine, Emerald Evergreen, Green Zebra, Green Grape, Thessaloniki, Carmello, Pink Berkeley Tie Dye, Principe Borghese, Black Krim, Persimmon (6 ounces) and SunSugar for a total of 243 tomatoes.

Yesterday's haul came in at 12 pounds, 6 ounces and today's haul came in at 13 pounds, one ounce.

It looks like the Red Grape plant got some damage. Several branches on the south side were broken.

My wife watered the front yard tomatoes yesterday evening.

We tried four large tomatoes with our takeout chicken last night. They were nothing short of fabulous. First we tried a large orange tomato – it was either Dr. Wyche's Yellow or Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge. The texture was excellent and it held together nicely when you bit into it. The flavor was clean and delicious. Really good. Then we tried the Black Oxheart. It was just as good, similar characteristics but with a smokier flavor and a slightly more tomato taste. A winner. Now we'd grow this plant again in a heartbeat. Then we tried Aunt Ruby's German Green and we were on the moon! Our other Aunt Ruby's German Green had more of a tomatoey flavor than I'm used to. Not this tomato. This tomato reminded me of Aunt Ruby's German Green from prior years. Smooth and mouthwatering, like the other two tomatoes. None of these tomatoes really reminded you of tomatoes. They were sweet and juicy, almost like watermelon but with enough “meat” to hold together when tasting.

Then we tried Emerald Evergreen. Oddly, the two green tomatoes had turned a bright yellow with a greenish tinge since we picked them the day before. The taste was just as mouthwatering, though unusual.

Gradewise, I give three A's and an A-.

I don't think we'll do better this year. These tomatoes were fabulous!

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