Tomato trial update #3...

18 February, 2013

Yay for tomato season!

The tomatoes seem to be really loving this hot weather we've been having (glad one of us has at least...) and have been cropping like crazy.

So far the highest cropper has been Siberian, closely followed by Lemon Drop, Isis Candy and Rouge de Marmande and Principe Borghese.

Also coming along is Gardeners Delight, Green Zebra, Garden Peach, Tommy Toe, Mortgage Lifter and Black Cherry.

Not yet to produce ripe fruit (and therefore not pictured) are Big White Pink Stripe, Black Krim, Earl of Edgecombe and Ned Kelly. All of these have some fruit, but I'm not entirely sure all will ripen on the bush.

But no matter. There have still been lots of tomato salads with buffalo mozzarella, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and basil which is my absolute favourite thing to eat in summer.

But now I'm starting the hoard for passata making which will happen in the next couple of weeks.

This is today's haul about to be chopped and frozen until I have enough to fill my massive preserving pot.

I'm hoping for at least 10kg to be able to preserve. Fingers crossed.

I hope your tomatoes are coming along too.


  1. Your tomatoes look fabulous. Glad they are proving to be so prolific. Your Black Cherries look like my Black Krim tomatoes. My Black Krim are about the same size as a Rouge de Marmande but with the green and pink type colouring. My Black Cherry have similar colouring but are cherry tomato size and shape. Different seed providers? Both have done pretty well for me this year.

    1. Cheers! Yes, I was a little surprised as the Black Cherries don't look like cherry toms, and I checked and they were diggers seeds. Hmmm. I have one green Black Krim coming along, so I am eagerly anticipating being able to compare the two.

    2. I can't believe how often they mislabel seed packets. I given up on them - too many other nice reliable companies around. Perhaps a letter of extreme disappointment with accompanying photos to their marketing department might prove worthwhile....

  2. Love your photo... makes supermarket tomatoes look very boring. Whats your pick on the taste test?

    1. Thanks, and I totally agree. I just love having too many tomato varieties, probably more than any other vegetable. For taste so far its a toss up between Lemon Drop and Gardener's Delight, though I haven't yet had fully ripe and perfect fruit from each plant so I'm reserving judgement.

  3. wow 10kg of passata that will be impressive. Spoke to a chap at the dog park a year or so ago and he told me they cut there tomatoes in half roast them in a low oven for an hr. Then bag them 6 at a time freeze them in bags and use instead of tins. Think it would be nice to have a garden with lots of sun