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I have been asked to find this one, and I finally did!  Not the earliest of varieties great for our NW weather, but still well worth growing.  Produces deep red 4-6 oz.tasty  globes on vigorous plants.  Hazzards Seeds

"Seeds sent to me from a seed company that had sourced seeds from USDA. Seeds were supposed to be a large, pink beefsteak heirloom but after growing them out in 2 trials found them to be not pink at all but a striped 'jewel.' I serendipitously ended up with incredibly large (1-2 lb.), gold-red striped beefsteak fruits. Grown out in following years the fruit proved to be just as wonderfully splendid. Juicy, few seeds, tropical fruity flavors."  TomatoFest

 

 

 

 

A native of Czechoslovakia, where its extreme earliness, tolerance to cold, superior flavor and high yields have earned it worldwide attention. Tests show an astounding average of 87 fruits picked per plant. Fruits are sugary sweet, weighing 1 to 2 oz.  Trade Winds.

"Dwarf sprawling plants with very early fruit set. Eggshaped 2-3" fruits with good strong flavor. Not the same as Siberia, which is inferior in all respects." Seed Savers Exchange Grown this year because of a customer request. Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Siletz consistently produces the first ripe beefsteak sized tomatoes for me. Juicy, great taste, size, and earliness make this the first tomato sandwich almost every year.

"A very pretty patio plant with silver-grey, unusual, lacy, fern-like foliage. Very early porducer of 3 to 4" flattened, oblate fruits ranging from deep orange to red, with excellent acidic flavor. Good disease resistance. Requires stakes or cages." Totally Tomatoes Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Sweet, fruity flavor in a pale yellow fruit that can have a hint of orange at full maturity. Vigorous plants, good production.

"This 6-10 ounce beefsteak is red with gold stripes and has very meaty flesh with luscious sweet red tomato flavor. Developed by Brad Gates and selected for flavor, production, increased earliness and scab resistance, he says the variety is one of his "work horses." Select seed, grown by Brad.http://www.rareseeds.com/"  Text and picture from Baker Creek Herirloom Seeds.

"Poland sends us this heirloom variety, memorable for its low acid and intensely sweet flavor. Dark pink fruits, flattened in shape, weight about a pound and are packed with firm flesh inside thin skins." Totally Tomatoes  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

"Developed by SSE member John Swenson as a result of a stabilized cross of Antique Roman and Banana Legs. Gorgeous 3" wide by 5" long fruits with jagged orange and yellow stripes. Meaty, great tomato taste. One of the best for processing. Very productive, few seeds. Still throws an occasional yellow striped fruit."  Text from Seed Savers Exchange.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Thanks for this variety go to Stephania's mother, who saved these seeds and passed them on to her family. Stephania gave some to Al and his crew at the Heritage Farm in Vancouver. Al was kind enough to share a plant with me last year, from which these seeds come. The red fruit are about 2 inches packed with good flavor. Production is early, but "days" listed is my guess.

Requested by Nancy. "Seeds obtained by Craig Lehoullier from the USDA.  An excellent 6 to 8-oz., scarlet red, round slicing tomato with well balanced sugar to acid ratio."  Text and picture from TomatoFest

I visited family in Arlington, VA this fall and my niece let me taste a couple of these she had grown. One taste and I knew I had to add it to my list. Johnny's Select Seeds catalog reads, "The flat, medium to large, variably ribbed-shoulder tomatoes are shaded yellow and red. The marbled interior looks beautiful sliced. Complex, fruity flavor and smooth texture. Medium-tall vines bear 12+ oz. fruit."

"Very unique. These long, roma-shaped tomatoes have orange stripes running down the length of the fruit. Tomatoes are very thick and meaty with a nice rich flavor. Plants stay moderately compact and have a good yield."  Text from Territorial Seed Company.  Picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

The size and shape of Stupice (Stew-pea-chee) can vary, but the taste is consistantly like the good old days! Bears early and keeps on producing until frost. I frequently get reports of eight foot plants yielding 400 or more delicious tomatoes.

"One of the very earliest tomatoes; the compact plants produce lots of 2-oz red fruit. It's one of the best for cool conditions and will set fruit in temperatures lower than most. It has even been grown in the Southern Yukon. Developed by Dr. Harris, Beaverlodge Research Station, Alberta, Canada."   Text and picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

An heirloom from the 1800's, sugar lump is one of the sweetest red cherry tomatoes. Abundant crack-resistant 3/4 inch fruits ripen on long, grape-like trusses. Vigorous vines should be caged or staked.  Picture from Totally Tomatoes.

"The sweetest grape tomato we know of. The Sugar Plum tomato has been rated the best tasting grape tomato in many taste tests. Its indeterminate plant sets heavy yields of 1 in. grape-shaped fruit that have a rich red color. The firm fruit has a pleasing texture and its sweetness will please you customers. The fruit form in long clusters, which allows for an easy harvest." Text and picture from Harris Seeds.

"Scoring 9.5 on the Brix scale, this is by far the sweetest cherry yet. And they arise in huge clusters on vining plants so vigourous, you may have to cut them back in midseason! Super flavor and nonstop yields make this a 'gimme'!"  Text from Park Seed Company.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

These apricot yellow-orange tomatoes are as sweet as they come. Bet you can't eat just one! I call them the "M&Ms of tomatoes". (My grandson does not agree, however.) Heavy producers all season.

Many folks, my self included, can not taste the difference between Sun Sugar and Sun Gold.  Most agree that Sun Sugar is more crack resistant than Sun Gold. You may need two or more plants to keep from eating them all in the garden.

Sunny Boy is new to me this year. It is reported to yield bright yellow globe-shaped fruit, apx. 6 oz., that are firm with a decidedly sweet flavor and few seeds.

"Sunrise Bumble Bee is a gorgeous combination of yellows and reds, inside and out." Johnny's Select Seeds. Round 3/4 ounce fruits. The Bumble Bee Series will add color and taste excitement to your salads and snack trays.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Has old-time flavor with vigorous vines that yield early, prolific crops of large, firm, scarlet-red, round, lobed fruits, with high-ribbed shoulders.  Picture from Seedaholic.com.

"A hybrid version of the classic San Marzano paste tomato. Fruits grow to about 5", with thick flesh and few seeds. Flavor and consistency are perfect for sauces. The indeterminate plants are very productive."   Text and picture from Tradewinds Fruit.

"An impressive slicing tomato with an exquisite blend of acid, sweet, and earthy flavors. Produces heavily until frost." Seeds of Change

"Exceptionally sweet and high in Vitamin C, this improved Sweet 100 type is ideal for home gardening. Each plant produces hundreds of small cherry tomatoes in clusters, and has better disease resistance." Harris Seeds

Very productive, sweet 1 inch cherry tomatoes. Left to grow natural, it needs to be caged or supported as it will grow over six feet tall.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

"The ultimate in super-sweet cherry tomatoes has arrived! Incredible sets of luscious red fruits in long clusters on compact plants. Crack-resistant, bright red fruits weigh less than 1 oz., and keep well after harvest." Totally Tomatoes  Picture from Thompson & Morgan.

"Sweet Hearts is a grape tomato that produces big yields of fruit that have a brilliant red color, an excellent uniform shape and a superb flavor. Its indeterminate plants produce impressive yields with continuous sets and full clusters to the top of the plant. Sweet Hearts is very sweet and has excellent shelf-life. Resistant to cracking."  Text from Harris Seeds.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

This tomato reminds me of my childhood in my Uncle Wayne's garden. Classic cherry tomato vines produce classic fruits with classic tomato taste.

“Sweet Ozark Orange grew as a perfect salad tomato for me with no cracking or blemishes/catfacing. It was in a 5 gallon pot, so it is likely that it makes a fair-sized beefsteak in better conditions. Sweet Ozark Orange has the most gorgeous soft apricot orange color from the clear epidermis…it is rare that I see a clear epidermis in an orange tomato. It also has excellent turgid flesh and a sweet taste, quite sufficient quality to stand alone as a fresh eater."  Text from HeritageMarketSeed.com  Picture from Trade Winds Fruit.

 

 

 

At least one seed company claims this is the best currant sized tomato avaliable. These plants tend to spread, so caging will help contain them. But you will have to deal with the hundreds of small fruits and their excellent flavor. Some say they have a hint of wine. Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

"Beyond the lack of seeds to digest, this tomato is first rate for taste. In fact, precisely because there are no seeds to absorb the sugars, all the sweetness is immediately available for you to enjoy in every rich slice. This is a totally new tomato on every level - the perfect balance of flavor and sweetness, meat and gel, solid firmness and juiciness." Burpee Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

"Burpee Exclusive. Bright orange, extremely sweet and mildly flavored fruits." I grew these about three years ago, then could not find the seed again. One customer "beats me up" each spring that I do not have them. She claimed they were the best canning tomato she had grown. Burpee

"Sweetie is an earlier and much sweeter alternative to Sweet 100. The small 3/4 - 1 inch, round, red fruit have a classic tomato flavor, reminding one of rich tomato juice, and are delicious in salads or as snacks." Territorial Seed Co.

For my friends that want to avoid excessive seeds in their tomatoes, I found this new variety.  Not completely seedless but has few seeds, orange-red in color, sweet, juicy, extra tasty flavor.  Picture from Hazzard's Seeds  More info

"Sylvan Gaume is very rare. Huge, beautiful, fat, heart-shaped fruits grow to an incredible 3 lbs! Dense and meaty with small seed cavities and very few seeds."  Texxt and picture from Marrieanna's

"Ben Quisenberry heirloom. Skin ripens from green to light yellow-brown. Flesh and gel remain green inside when ripe. Luscious and tender, strong sweet flavor. Medium large fruits, very productive." Seed Savers Exchange

Taxi gives you lots of sweet and juicy, mild flavored, medium sized tomatoes. Plants stay compact, so good for small spaces or containers.

"Lots of huge pink beefsteaks. Smooth skin and slightly oblate and elongated, this one will please the tastebuds. It has great visual appeal as well. ... It is very productive and also very delicious. Pink, Indet, large oblate beefsteaks on potato leaf plants. Some folks have pruned to a single fruit and have harvested fruits weighing in the 5.5 pound category."  Muddy Bucket Farms 

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I got this one for my grand boys in Texas.  It is reported to produce one pound yellow/pink fruit with a very pleasant flavor.  Also, high temperatures are not suppose to stop its production.  Click here for images.

"Fast becoming very popular. I've added this one to my top ten reds. Very early, perfect, uniform, medium red globes, non-cracking with no blemishes. Extraordinary delicious tomato flavor. Add very, very good production. A great red!" Marianna's. Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

"Tiger-Like's vigorous 22 inch indeterminate vines bear loads of colorful fruit with a sweet, very complex flavor. The 2 inch fruit has orange-red skin with yellow-green stripes. The tastiest of the striped varieties." Territorial Seed Company

Apricot size, red with orange/yellow stripes, very flavorful, high yield, resists disease.  Also known as "Mr. Stripey". Picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

"This wonderful heirloom beefsteak was handed down from an Amish family living in Minnesota and has big, luscious dark pink tomatoes that slice into pure heaven on a plate. The flavor is rich yet sweet and just lovely."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

I saw these in several catalogs, and their unique strawberry shaped fruits kept calling to me. The fruit is described as 1 inch in size, heart shaped, firm with a meaty texture, but its flavor really impressed me. When snacking in the garden, this one will be one I visit often, and stay for a while.  Picture from Johnny's Selected Seeds.

"Bred for hanging baskets. Bushy plants will produce lots of nicely flavored cherry tomatoes. Tumbler tends to fill in a basket instead of producing lanky growth. We also like it as an edging for planting beds." Nichols Garden Nursery  Picture from Totally Tomatoes.

Tumbling Tom (Yellow & Red) is for hanging baskets, and will send branches down 20 inches or more. The fruits are 1 to 2 inches in size and are wonderful juicy snacks.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Tumbling Tom (Yellow & Red) is for hanging baskets, and will send branches down 20 inches or more. The fruits are 1 to 2 inches in size and are wonderful juicy snacks.  Picture from Park Seed.

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