Tomato ‘Sun Gold’
This is the very first tomato I ever grew. Tomato ‘Sun Gold’ is a very easy indeterminate tomato variety that is versatile enough to grow everywhere from in the ground in a big garden to a container on a patio. It’s a prolific producer as well, yielding a bounty of sunny gold cherry tomatoes that taste so sweet even my 4-year-old loves them. They are delicious eaten straight off the vine, in a salad, or even sautéed in a sauce until they just burst. Serve with pasta, basil, mozzarella, and a little balsamic.
San Marzano: the delight of Italian grandmothers everywhere.
Tomato ‘Hungarian Heart’
If you are looking for an oxheart tomato look no further than ‘Hungarian Heart’. This was a new variety to me this year that I couldn’t resist trying out.
What is an oxheart tomato you ask? This incredibly versatile tomato type might just become your new favorite. Oxhearts are large like beefsteaks, and lower in water content, which makes them perfect for canning or for turning into sauce.
‘Hungarian Heart’ is a variety from Budapest that is very resistant to cracking and seldom develops a hollow core; just a rich tomato flavor in every slice. And with individual tomatoes that can weigh up to 3 lbs. ‘Hungarian Heart’ is a great one to have on hand when you want to make a giant pot of sauce.
I made my marinara this summer with a blend of ‘Hungarian Heart’ and ‘San Marzano’ and I thought it was delicious. Just don’t tell my grandmother.!
Check out the color on these gorgeous Indigo Rose tomatoes.
Ok, I’m going to admit this was a tough one for me. I just love so many classic beefsteak tomatoes. ‘Brandywine’, ‘Cherokee Purple’, ‘Black Krim’ – they are all so wonderful. I’m going to go with ‘Pineapple’ here because it was a newer variety for me to grow. I tend to prefer the darker reds and purples in my slicing tomatoes, but I took a risk with this vibrant, yellow and red striped beauty and boy did it pay off!
Tomato ‘Pineapple’ is so sweet that it’s almost tropical, with a smooth fruity flavor that is truly out of this world. If you are looking for a sweet, flavorful, and beautiful beefsteak tomato, consider this one. Bonus, like all yellow tomatoes it’s lower in acid so if you’re like me and sometimes make a full meal out of tomatoes, this one will be slightly easier on your stomach.
A bountiful producer, ‘Pineapple’ will yield fruits that can be up to 5 lbs.! An outstanding tomato all around and one I will definitely be growing again.
The next time you visit Tyler Arboretum, be sure to stop by Lucille’s Garden to see all of these fantastic tomatoes in action. Happy growing!