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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Official 2016 Tomato Variety List

While most years I've taken to sourcing a variety of seed companies in order to be able to cultivate the best tomatoes with the greatest-known germination rates, for the majority of the seeds this year, I've chosen to order from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Update: Green Zebra is the 2016 winner!
A delightful, fun tomato that adds color to everything. Delicious!
Green Zebra Tomato
Striped Green - 75 Days - Sweet & Sharp

Black Prince Tomato
Black/Brown - Heirloom - 70 Days - Deep, Rich

Kentucky Beefsteak Tomato
Orange - Heirloom - 80-90 Days - Sweet, Mild

Blue Cream Berry Tomato
Purple/Blue/Orange - Cherry

Weissbehaarte Tomato
Cream/Pale - German Heirloom - Juicy, sweet

Bradley Tomato
Red - Heirloom

Celebrity Tomato
Red - Hybrid - 69-80 Days

I have a good amount of seeds from last year, so I will likely utilize some of those, as well.

If you would like a pack of the seven once they've been started, come Spring, or a mix of the above variety, please let me know in the coming weeks. Message me on FB or leave a comment here. :)

2015 Tomato Review

Relative comparative sizes of the crop.

Garden Layout
Row 1: 3 Super Beefsteak, 1 Indigo Rose
Row 2: 3 Red Ponderosa, 1 Violet Jasper
Row 3: 3 Big Rainbow, 1 Nectar Hybrid
Row 4: 3 Cosmonaut Volkov, 1 Pineapple
Row 5: 3 Jersey Devil, 1 Supersteak Hybrid

Instead of delving into the review right off-the-bat, let's first take a look at the glorious sights of the 2015 tomato crop! Despite how each variety tasted and placed in the review, the physical specimens this year were magnificent. There were no real "monster" mutations.

The tomato pictures below were all taken after the first pick of the season.

Nectar Hybrid
Super Beefsteak
Cosmonaut Volkov
Red Ponderosa
Big Rainbow
Indigo Rose
Jersey Devil
Violet Jasper

This year, I conducted two separate reviews: one with my dad, my loyal taste-tester from the last 3 years, and one with my coworkers. The winner from both rounds was the Cosmonaut Volkov.


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