Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Haul is Starting

Mid-September and the tomatoes are finally starting to come in ...... Unfortunately a good portion of my larger tomatoes have suffered gray mold this year; a most devasting disease that I have only encountered one other year. I'll post a few pics shortly, just to show the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Anyhoo, the good for now - here are fruits from the four plants of the Sungold x Mom's F1 - a nice diverse selection - from left to right: Plant 2, Plant 1, Plant 3, Plant 4. So it appears we have gold, pink and red from this cross. Taste test results to follow. I'm hoping the large pink cherry will be up there in taste - if yes I think we have something worth growing out next year!! All are decent croppers for cherry types - but as you can see Plant 3 is somewhat later in ripening.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Yum .....

Finally, taste test time, and I must say I'm most impressed with the first of the season.

First (from bottom up), was have the Galina x Grub's Mystery Green F1 (canary yellow) - a lovely burst of flavour with much more depth than Galina; rich, deep nice "acid"/sweet balance. Only down side - skin slightly tough and a wee bit small.

Next up is Grushovka (pink) - smooth, light, tasty, on the sweet side - yum. Plant health and production make this one a keeper.

Then we have Persey (red) - have grown this one a few times - rich (but not the depth of others tasted today), sweet, nice "acid", "crispy".

Finally, in top pic, Shtambovy Kartofelnolistny 164 (pink), wow! - a real surprise standout, nice "acid" bite, rich, deep taste and colour - with sweet notes - PL dwarf and pink (clear skin) - a rather rare combination I believe.
Lots of green tomatoes starting to lighten up - now if they all taste as good as these four I will be more than pleased - even if they are late .......