I just harvested the last of my tomatoes. I grew three different heirloom varieties this year. If you don’t know about heirloom – or “heritage” – seeds, you can read about them here – but suffice it to say that heirloom tomato varieties have TASTE! So if all you have ever eaten are supermarket tomatoes (or grown the much-hyped but rather tasteless “Beefeater” ones), you should give real tomatoes a go.
Last year I grew Black Russian (a heritage variety that looks similar to the Black Krim) and cherry tomatoes. This year I grew Cherokee Purple, Black Krim and Big Rainbow.
In blind taste tests (with husband as fellow guinea pig) we discovered that the Black Krim were slightly salty and delicious, the Cherokee Purple were slightly sweet and delicious and the beautiful yellow and orange “Big Rainbow” were ever so slightly sweet – and all around delicious! And while the Black Krim looked a lot like last year’s Black Russian, the Black Krim had a better texture (less ‘mealy’ somehow?).
If you have little space and can only grow one thing, make it a tomato plant. Once you have eaten real tomatoes the supermarket ones taste like, well, nothing.
And here is my entire corn and squash harvest this year. For real.
My onions and garlic fared MUCH better 🙂