Gardening is Just a Bowl of Cherry Tomatoes

The truth about tomatoes is evident when tastefully arranged in a 1930s vintage glass bowl. “Scientifically speaking, a tomato is definitely a fruit.”

It’s the first of September and now that tomatoes are being eaten at every meal, it’s easy to say gardening here is just a bowl of cherry tomatoes.

The frustrations of a cold spring are a distant memory with such a bountiful harvest of tomatoes.

I planted 13 different kinds of tomatoes–and this fruit bowl is filled with 12 of them. The Giant Belgiums won’t be ready for a while.

On display here are Sungold, Crimson Carmello, Tomaccio, Sweet Treats, Supersweet 100, and Early Girl mixed together with heirloom tomato varieties Black Prince, Black Krim, Yellow Pear, Great White, Yellow Taxi, and Stupice.

It would be hard for me to choose a favorite from this bowl because all are delicious in their own way.

They all have advantages to growing, too. For example, the Sungold were the first to ripen and they’re prolific; the Supersweet 100 grow well in a container and are flavorful. The Great White tomatoes were fun to grow because one of them weighed nearly 1 pound and it tasted sweet and fruity.

Crimson Carmello is a nice-sized tomato with rich flavor and almost all of them were perfectly round and juicy. And, of course, I’ll always love the deep, complex taste of black tomatoes.

The only tomato I won’t grow again is Early Girl. Compared to the other flavorful varieties, it’s lacking in nearly every category.

I planted one Early Girl in April as an experiment and hoped I’d have very Early Girls. But that experiment failed and I learned my lesson. Tomatoes are warm-season fruit and they’ll do just fine if I wait until June to plant them.


 

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