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White Flower Farm Staff Picks - Favorite Tomatoes
It's difficult to choose just one Tomato variety as your favorite (it often seems the one we like best is whatever is ripe at the moment). We asked our staff to name the favorites from their own gardens. The diversity was surprising, but 'Sungold' still came out on top.
My family's very favorite tomato out of all the varieties planted in our garden (and we've planted too many to count) is 'Sungold'. The size of a grape tomato, it grows in very abundant clusters, which is a good thing since it is amazingly delicious and we just love the sweet taste. 'Sungold' is perfect for eating straight off the vine, sprinkled in salads or added to pasta primavera at the last minute. And it is a gorgeous orange yellow color, too. If we had to choose just one variety to plant, 'Sungold' would unquestionably be it. It is the best tasting tomato we've ever eaten.
My favorite is 'Sungold'. I can only plant in containers on my deck. (No other space in my yard gets enough sun.) Loved the abundant crop you get from this tomato, along with the taste of them and how festive they look in a salad. The dog loved being able to eat the ones that fell off before I was able to pick them. He is a tomato lover.
Season after season, 'Sungold' and 'Cherokee Purple' are my two “must-have” tomatoes. The 'Cherokee Purple' has a somewhat irregular shape, and its unusual coloring spans the spectrum from green to deep purple to reddest brown. The taste – more savory than sweet – is the best part. I love to eat 'Cherokee Purples' with fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil. The tomato’s dense flesh (with very few seed pockets) also makes it sturdy enough to be sliced for sandwiches and chopped up for salads. I will grow this one forever.
I did not use 'Principe Borghese' for drying as we suggest, but instead for perfect for bite-sized appetizers stuffed with fresh mozzarella, basil, lemon zest and olive oil. Puts out enough fruit at one time to serve to guests.
My favorite tomato is 'Orange Strawberry Oxheart'. Not only does it have beautiful coloring but it is a great tasting versatile tomato. Perfect for salads, sandwiches, sauces and roasting.
'Carmello' was my favorite tomato. Delicious flavor, and the whole family enjoyed it as our fresh tomato & cucumber salad!
'Garden Peach', a really unique fuzzy skin and such a great tasting tomato.
The bright red, marble-size fruits of 'Matt's Wild Cherry' rarely made it into the kitchen because I ate them while working in the garden. Each cluster holds a lot of fruit.
There are so many that I wouldn't want to miss -- 'Sungold' is at the top of the list, then 'Mortgage Lifter', but the one that stood out this past year was 'Jaune Flamee'. I remember it as the Tomato that I would harvest early in the morning, slice thick and quickly sautee for breakfast in a little olive oil or in a little bacon grease. Served hot with a pinch of salt just before we ate. YUM--I can't wait!
My favorite is 'Taxi'. Sweet, medium-sized yellow. Great for slicing, sandwiches and salads.
It's hard to settle on just one! I think my favorite last year would be 'Mortgage Lifter' -- it out-produced my other tomatoes despite the extremely wet weather, and provided big, meaty tomatoes great for slicing onto sandwiches or using in salads. Besides, how can you miss with a name like that, and the story behind it!
Every time I walked by my vegetable garden, I couldn't help but munch on this scrumptious yellow cherry variety. 'Cuban Yellow Grape' is perfect for salads, and the color is nice too.
'Sungold' -- for all the obvious reasons! A close second for me would be 'Isis Candy', which I also grew for the first time last year and will grow again this year. The fruit is really pretty, almost striped or speckled. Very sweet and very very prolific, even more so than 'Sungold' for me.