Yep, You Can Grow That!
This is the first time we have ever grown an orange tomato, hard to believe I know. So we cannot compare it to another orange type, but just share our thoughts.
We love this 2014 All America Selection for a number of reasons:
- It was one of our earlier maturing tomatoes, coming in even before the San Marzano.
- The plants held up pretty well to the Septoria that developed in the beds. Not all the other plants did, some even developed spots on the fruit. Yuk.
- The fruit is a decent size, and pretty meaty. Ours ranged from 10-14 ounces each.
- Quite productive, and still going strong even in September.
- The flavor is delightful. It has the taste of a tomato of course, but then again not. Difficult to describe, it is much milder than a typical red tomato, but certainly not bland; sweet and less acidic.
- The flat shape lends itself perfect for slicing.
- Didn't crack like some of the varieties we are growing.
We added it to a colorful salsa and the orange color held up well. We're going to keep the remainder of the crop to make an interesting marinara. I can just picture the pizza with brightly colored red peppers, black olives, and green onions. Yum.
The Chef's Choice Tomatoes also come in green and pink varieties. Soon we will be reviewing the green, and plan on trying the pink next summer. One of our social media friends says the pink is also well worth the try.
Days to Maturity: 75 from transplants
Height: 5 Ft.
Fruit Size: 10-16 ounces
Heritage: F1 hybrid of an Amana Orange