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Tomatoes, I am planning ahead for next spring. And I am looking for suggestions for varieties of tomatoes.

I have used Celebrity, Beefsteak and Better boys, but I am looking for any suggestions. And are there different Tomatoes, for different uses? Thank you.

  • 3popps
    3popps
    on Aug 6, 2012

    I have grown some heirloom yellow pear and yellow brandywine tomatoes that are oh so good. And so different from anything you can typically find in the supermarket. Not sure what you mean by different tomatoes for different uses. Do you mean for different cooking uses? Sure. For example, romas are good for pizza and pasta sauces, beefsteaks are good for sandwiches and grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes are great for salads. Just my opinion.

  • Phil Bauman
    Phil Bauman Louisburg, NC
    on Aug 6, 2012

    Thank you, I do like the heirloom yellow pears, and the cherry heirloom Yellow Bell is one of my favorites. But I had not thought about using them for canning.

  • Walter Reeves
    Walter Reeves Decatur, GA
    on Aug 6, 2012

    remember that "determinate" tomatoes bear fruit all at once and "indeterminate" types bear over a long period.

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Aug 6, 2012

    My favorite tomato for slicing and eating, if possible in combination with some good fresh mozzarella and a shower of basil, is the Black Krim. Steve's right that romas are great for sauces, and the one of those most-desired by the Italians is the San Marzano. Sun Gold is a great little cherry tomato.

  • Walter Reeves
    Walter Reeves Decatur, GA
    on Aug 6, 2012

    Online stores like Totally Tomatoes offer lots of information

  • Phil Bauman
    Phil Bauman Louisburg, NC
    on Aug 7, 2012

    Thank you guys, looks like I have some more reading to do. I grew Sun Golds for the first time this year, and 2 plants have out grown all my other tomatoes, and have produced a bounty of cherry tomatoes, same with my Cherry Yellow Bells. I like to my wife's face if I brought her a 100 Sun Golds and asked her to can them though I know better. Again I will check out all of your recommendations!

  • Phil Bauman
    Phil Bauman Louisburg, NC
    on Aug 7, 2012

    Steve when I was asking for different varieties for canning, I was looking for selections that would produce large quantities, and provide great flavor. I use canned tomatoes mainly for sauce when cooking pasta, adding tomatoes to any sauce or meal that may need a bit of a kick. I wish I could spend more time in the kitchen, but I am spread out a bit thin now days. I have been reluctant to join on-line forms an such, but I am glad to be a part of Hometalk! Thank you all, Phil.

  • Sharron W
    Sharron W Memphis, TN
    on Aug 7, 2012

    Well I don't know the name of the Variety, except that it Was an Hierloom German Variety...and kind of lumpy looking...BUT despite it's wierd appearance when it came time to put up the tomato products, THAT was the one I prized for both flavor and color...our Beefsteak and Better Boys were great bearers, and certainly we got a bumper crop from them, But I'll be looking for that Hierloom at the hardware store next year when we plant!

  • Sow and Dipity
    Sow and Dipity Canada
    on Aug 7, 2012

    You say tomato, I say Lycopersicon esculentum...lol :) Phil, I planted a great selection of heirlooms this year...Black Krim ( slicer ), San Marzano ( sauce ), Yellow Pear, Sun Gold and Black Cherry. The Sun Gold are the sweetest little things you'll ever taste...you'll love them for salads. The San Marzano is my selection for canning sauces this year....it's a popular choice for Italian cooking

  • Redheadcandecorate.com
    Redheadcandecorate.com Lake Orion, MI
    on Aug 12, 2012

    I use any tomato I can can get my hands on...they all make good sauce, salsa, etc...

  • Stephanie @ Garden Therapy
    Stephanie @ Garden Therapy Los Angeles, CA
    on Aug 14, 2012

    My suggestion, go to the farmers market an do a sampling of them and save the seeds: http://gardentherapy.ca/saving-heirloom-tomato-seeds/

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