It looks like beefsteak and cherry varieties are the showstoppers this year with a good range appearing in seed catalogues. Some are wholly new, and some are new to a particular catalogue but which can sometimes be found in others too. Hopefully, some of these lovely toms will tickle your fancy.
Here are a few new big son bobby dazzlers on the block if you like your tomatoes meaty and big then.
‘OVI’S ROMANIAN GIANT’ is a beefsteak variety originating from a hamlet in Romania. Developed for commercial sales over many of years, the first seed was a present to the company from a buddy named Ovi, thus its name.It has a smooth and buttery taste, and produces fruit often over 1 kg. The plants are vigorous and will produce fruit way into the autumn. It is prone to ‘cat facing’ (a kind of scarring) at the blossom end of the tomato but this can be cut off and doesn’t affect flavour.
’GIGANTOMO‘ beefsteak came under KG’s own scrutiny last year and had its own category at the autumn Harrogate Flower Show. This variety can produce fruits between 0.5- 1.5kg in weight. The winning entry at Harrogate weighed in at 1.75kg. Apart from all the publicity surrounding its size, however, this is a perfectly fine beefsteak for the kitchen.
If you’re looking for an attractive looking beefsteak then ‘BOUNTIFUL F1’ has uniformly shaped ribs, and a sweet and tangy flavour. Or for a smaller beefsteak variety which crops well you could go for ‘RED BODYGUARD F1′ .
’BRANDY BOY’ has an intriguing pink tinge, capturing the qualities of the ’Brandywine’ heirloom flavour but with improved disease resistance, a shapelier growth habit and bigger yields.
For a touch of the continental, you may want to try ‘COSTOLUTO FIORENTIO’, a meaty, deep- ribbed Italian variety great for roasting or for making sauces.
Though certainly not one to wrestle with ‘BIG DADDY’ is a large, meaty beefsteak with fruits weighing up to 425 g.’BOLSTAR GRANDA’ produces 100g tomatoes, nine to a truss.
You know how devastating it can be if you’ve had blight on your tomatoes. And with these humid and wet summers we seem to be getting lately, we are much more inclined. But now that blight resistant varieties can be found, why take the risk?
MOUNTAIN MAGIC – This variety was developed with outside growers in mind, so whatever you need to do is locate a sunny place and away you go. This is a cordon variety, great for salads, sandwiches and in cooking.
Andrew Tokely, seed purchasing manager, said: ‘This is the finest outside variety I ‘ve ever grown. I decided the last fruits in November whereas others have been hit badly earlier in the year and the plants were still totally blight free.’
Another blight resistant variety is ‘CRIMSON CRUSH’ which is promoted as ’the first fully blight resistant tomato’ and bred for outdoor growing.
HANGING LOOSE. What we mustn’t forget about tomatoes is that although they are delicious to eat, they can have a decorative function too. ‘PEARDROPS F1’ bears yellow, pear-shaped fruits, and is a good choice for baskets and containers to brighten up conservatories and patios.