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Whoa, Tomato….

August 30th, 2017

Last week I picked this crazy tomato, it looks like four or five tomatoes all grew into to. Then it had one tomato growing out of it on a stem, super strange, but oh so neat.

It weighed a whopping 3 pounds. This variety is a ‘Gold Medal’ and is one of my favorite beefsteak varieties. I have found that these tomatoes ripen 10-15 days ahead of the other beefsteaks (Cherokee Purple and Brandywine) in the garden. When you have a short tomato season like we do here in Maine, that’s a lot of tomato eating time! ‘Gold Medal’ also has a wonderful flavor, in fact, whenever I take them somewhere I always get comments on how good they are. If you live in a northern climate and want more delicious beefsteak tomatoes during the short season give this variety a try. I’ll be adding this variety to my seed collection next spring.

What’s your favorite kind of beefsteak tomato?

4 Comments to “Whoa, Tomato….”
  1. kristin @ going country on August 30, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Black Krim. I love it’s slightly salty flavor. Sadly, it is not particularly suited to a northern climate, and we definitely have that now. I grew Mortgage Lifters for the first time this year, which I’m not blown away by, but that might have something to do with the cool, wet summer. Not so good for developing great tomato flavor.

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  2. PennyAshevilleNC on August 30, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I tried to go with heirlooms that were the cherry and med-cherry size this year. The German Yellow are doing well (med oval shape) and they are pretty sweet. I have an Eva Purple that is nice- and a bit salty now that Kristin mentions it… but the size is great because I prefer to use the whole tomato instead of saving some in the fridge (it just makes them less awesome).

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  3. Kathy on September 1, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I grew “Gold Medal” this summer too and had a whopping 2 pound monster mater! It was fun to grow, but I actually didn’t care for the flavor, as I found it to be too sweet. We prefer more savory toms.

    We grew “Green Zebra” this year too as a new heirloom and loved their high-acid, bright, citrusy flavor. “Black Krim” was OK; I think “Black From Tula” has a more interesting and smoky flavor.

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  4. Jodiana on September 5, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    I can’t wait to try this next summer. I am ordering seed and starting my own tomatoes. All 3 of the tomato plants I bought this year weren’t what the tag said! So I actually have no idea what is growing, but what ever variety they are I was not impressed. One plant I pulled out b/c I didn’t want any to accidentally come up next year!

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