|It's always a colourful harvest|
Let's see what this year's crop brought us and how they stack up against past years.
To start I should mention that once again the garden was hit with early blight.
|The tell tale spots on tomato leaves indicates early blight|
Thus far, the only tomato that shows any resistance to this fungus is Mexico Midget. It isn't entirely resistant but it's better than most. I actually didn't plant Mexico Midget this year but I had plants regardless. This plant is more shrublike than any tomato I've ever seen and it produces fruit in the hundreds. Tiny currant sized fruit that drops all over and replants itself year to year. I found about 3 Mexico Midgets hiding amongst the onions and the beets, and in bed with the cucumbers. The only downfall is that these self seeded plants start out late and never fully mature enough to provide a good crop of fruit.
|A bowl full of 'cherries'|
We had one more 'cherry' sized tomato and that was Chadwick Cherry. These small red tomatoes had good disease resistance and were quite prolific. The fruit is a little larger than normal for a cherry, and not very sweet but instead has a tangy flavour. We did enjoy them and they produced a decent haul of fruit in a bad year but I'm still looking for a cherry tomato that will blow my socks off.
The tomato with the worst resistance this year was Copia. Most of the plants were killed outright. The couple that survived produced beautiful fruit. Big fat globes striped in orange and yellow. A champagne of tomatoes Jody called them. A very bright, light citrusy taste that I adored but considering how badly they did in my garden I'm not sure I would grow them again.
|Copia produced large yellow and red striped tomatoes|
Kellogs was my least favourite this year. These large yellow tomatoes ripened early and while not bad to eat I much prefer German Gold and Woodle Orange which we have grown in previous years. In addition to inferior taste they also suffered from blight and blossom end rot.
|From the Left - Clear Pink, Kellogs and Bison|
|From the far left - Paul Robeson, Clear Pink, Chadwick Cherry, Yellow Pear and Mexico Midget|
A bowl of Bison and Copia in the background
The final contestant is Bison. and really, it's not much of a contest. I've grown Bison in previous years and Jody keeps begging me to plant them every year. Bison is a traditional red tomato, good for fresh eating, cooking, whatever you need. It's best trait is that it's a bush type tomato that produces vast quantities of tomatoes early in the season and all at once.
|There's always plenty of Bison to go around|
Do you grow heritage tomatoes? Do you have a favourite variety? I would love to hear your preferences and recommendations.