Sunday, July 24, 2011

What Was Life Before Porkchop?

Today's harvest includes 42 Snow White, 30 Matt's Wild Cherry, 8 Husky Cherry Red(2), 8 Husky Cherry Red(1), 6 Porkchop (9.5 ounces, 6 ounces, 7 ounces, 6 ounces, 8 ounces), 6 Garden Peach, 4 SunSugar, 4 Southern Night (6.5 ounces), 4 Golden Mama, 4 SunGold(1), 4 German Orange Strawberry (6 ounces), 3 Quedlinburger Fruehe Liebe, 3 Haley's Purple Comet, 3 Orange And Green Zebra, 3 Black Seaman(2), 3 Sweet Carneros Pink, 2 Oaxacan Jewel(2), 2 Portuguese Neighbor (9.5 ounces, 6.5 ounces), 2 Paul Robeson(2), 2 Jaune Flamme, 2 Big White Pink Stripe, 2 Green Grape, Bloody Butcher, Patio, Aunt Ruby's German Green(3), Honkin' Big Black Cherry, Green Doctors Kiwi(2), Lime Green Salad, Hungarian Heart, Large Pink Anna(2), Green Zebra(2) (not Green Zebra), Cassidy's Folly, Australian Giant Oxheart (6.5 ounces) and Yellow Brandywine (12 ounces) for a total of 159 tomatoes.

We invited our friends Elizabeth and Ricardo over to our house for a little barbeque. We had just purchased a new gas barbeque last week and invited them over to hook it up and try it out. Everything worked fine. We'll be barbequing as it stays hot in the valley.

We had a taste test with several of our tomatoes, including Black Krim, Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red, Yellow Brandywine, Aunt Ruby's German Green, Porkchop and Orange And Green Zebra. Everybody's least favorite was Orange And Green Zebra, by far. It's not a bad tomato but I don't find it that attractive a tomato, either. Black Krim was tasty and juicy. Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red was just as good as I remember it -- perhaps this tomato was a bit more mellow than the last one. Aunt Ruby's German Green was very nice.

But, oh my God, everyone's favorite, including me, was Porkchop. These tomatoes weren't the Porkchop I had tried before, these were stupendously good. Wow, just wow. There's life before Porkchop and life after Porkchop and life after Porkchop is heaven. Okay, I'm being melodramatic but yesterday's Porkchop tomatoes were the best tomatoes I've had in a couple of years. This goes on our "must have" list. Now I get it!

Matt's Wild Cherry has reached over 500 harvested tomatoes.

A Coyote tomato is maturing.

My wife told me that she processed enough tomatoes to make 23 cups of tomato puree!

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