God Love: Hanna’s Tomato Tastings 2007

Part of Hanna’s Tomato Tastings 2007

God Love TomatoJust to set the record straight, I didn’t want to grow these. They were a free gift for ordering type deal. Me, personally, I try to avoid things that have the word “God” in the name… for historical reasons.

So maybe these are like the best tomatoes ever (I don’t know yet, haven’t tried them), but isn’t it just a wee bit pretentious to say they are as good as God Love? Maybe it’s just me but that is just begging for a lightening bolt.

The description from the company I bought it from reads:

A very productive heirloom, 1 X 2 inch, pink-plum with very good, robust tomato flavor. A beautiful salad and snacking tomato. Indeterminate, 75 days.

The Beauty Pageant:

Size: A small plum tomato, around 2 inches long. All of the fruits are very uniform in size.

Shape: Oblong.

The inside: This is a dark pink tomato, not quite red. Medium sized wall for a tomato this size, but with a meaty core. The seeds are a bit on the large side but not too large for the size of the tomato. The gel is juicy but not sloppy.

Texture: Soft and mealy, which is to be expected from a plum tomato.


Off the Vine Tasting: I can see why this one was given away for free. Not an exciting tomato. The flavor is watery. Straight watered down tomato flavor.

Sliced and Salted Tasting: This is a much better tomato with salt, but still nothing to write home about.   Just straight tomato flavor with no flare.

Cooking Thoughts: I would use these as sauce tomatoes or chunked up for a salsa. Anything where I could add some salt so that these stood out a little more on the flavor front. Because they are small, they would be a bit tedious to deseed, if you do that when you cook with tomato.

Growing Notes:
This is a healthy plant. Tall too. The seller was not lying about the prolific part. Lots of tomatoes coming off this one.

Will Hanna grow this one again:
No. The tomatoes that get an invite to come back to my garden have to be all that they can be and this ain’t all that.

6 thoughts on “God Love: Hanna’s Tomato Tastings 2007
  1. Brie on

    I think I see Jesus in one of those tomato slices. Seriously. The one on the left.


  2. Yeah, I also steer clear of things that invoke deities.

    Although a striped tomato called “Thor’s Hammer” might be kinda cool. Hmm.


  3. I like the way you evaluate tomatoes … I’m checking out these tomato posts when I begin to think about tomatoes next spring.


  4. What if it was called Satan’s Fruit? I think I’d be more of a sucker for that then God Love. But then there’s always the tomato named Bloody Butcher. That’s just creepy!

    Awesome evaluation on the tomatoes, BTW. Very smart!


  5. I’ll bet a full tank of gas against your one doughnut that the name is a translation of the German name Gottlieb or possibly the Greek Theophilus. Gottlieb was a rather popular given name (often as a middle name) in the Pietist 18th century. It also exists as a surname, most notably among Jews.

    In fact you are already aware of another famous translation of the name into a non-German language, Amadeus. One of Mozart’s baptismal middle names (he had about 6 of ’em) was Gottlieb, and he signed many of his letters (they’re actually very entertaining reading) Amade. For unknown reasons later generations figured his attempt at a romance language stunk, so they transmogrified it into the Latin version, Amadeus, a name he actually never used in print.

    Lecture over; go back to gardening.



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