Part of Hanna’s Tomato Tastings 2007
This was another freebie tomato so I have no comments as to why I bought this. Just ended up here by dumb luck.
To kind of add a little salt to this, these seeds were freebies with some seeds I bought off eBay to grow. The seeds all grew, but I managed to kill all the plants except for this one, which was one I never intended to buy in the first place. Life is funny.
The description from the company I bought it from reads:
This special home gardener variety was bred for great tasting fruits. The large, nine ounce red fruits have a well-balanced floor and are produced in abundance on determinate plants that do not require staking. This variety retains the vigor of its hybrid parents along with some disease resistant and terrific yields. Wide adaptability makes this variety a great choice for gardeners throughout the country.
The Beauty Pageant:
Size: A bit smaller than a baseball.
Shape: Round but a bit lopsided.
The inside: Thick walls, pretty loose gel and the seeds are on the largish side. Thick core too.
Texture: A tad mealy, but not bad. Very juicy.
Off the Vine Tasting: Tangy. Full of tomato flavor and not sweet at all.
Sliced and Salted Tasting: Salt turns down the tanginess on this tomato, which is not really good since that is the main thing it had going for it. Leave it more bland than it was.
Cooking Thoughts: Good for sauces. The seeds just slip right out. Probably good for salsas as well, but I would de-seed so that your salsa would not be as watery.
This is a medium size plant. The description says it doesn’t need staking, but mine is wobbly enough that I am glad I have it on strings. The tomatoes did crack some in the massive amount of rain that we had a few weeks back but they were small cracks that healed themselves after the rain.
Will Hanna grow this one again:
Probably not. Not a bad tomato, just not a stand out one. I certainly wouldn’t turn it down if someone gave them to me (again) but I have others I would choose ahead of it.