How to save tomato seed easily and the Gardening Which? blind tasting test results for the tastiest tomatoesPosted by Fiona Nevile in Fruit, Vegetables | 9 comments
This idea was given to me by Amalee Issa in a comment on a tomato post that I wrote. Amalee writes the quirky blog The Garden Diaries of Amalee Issa and is well worth a visit. Not just gardening and always entertaining.
Basically all you have to do is spread the seed on a piece of paper and let it dry in a warm room. Mark the piece of paper with the variety and store somwhere dry. In the Spring peel off the dried seed and sow as normal. I tried it last year and every seed germinated. Forget the fretting over water and seeds. This is easy peasy seed saving and it works well for tomatoes. Although F1 varieties are to be avoided as they will not guarantee to come true to the original seeds.
On the flavoursome tomato front Gardening Which? had an extremely interesting article in the April 2010 issue. Over 1000 people took part their blind tomato tasting event at The Totally Tomato Show in West Dean in September 2009 and the results are quite surprising. The badge of honour for the best overall taste went to Sioux (hadn’t heard of it but it’s now on my list and is available here). Other runners up were Matina, Orkado F1 followed by Stupice and Red Zebra.
It was the tomatoes that got the thumbs down that really interested me. Quite a few were tomatoes that are traditionally highly rated failed to impress on the flavour front. The hugely popular Alisa Craig and Alicante were rated very poor and poor on overall taste although Alisa Craig did crop very heavily. Other toms in the poor taste department were Battito, Comulous F1, Fantasio F1, Tango F1, Thalassa F1 and Golden Sunrise.
The thing to note is that Gardening Which? Grew just 19 varietites of tomatoes. There must be many varieties out there that deserve attention.
Back in the Cottage Smallholder garden the big surprise of this year was Yellow Centiflor sold by The Real Seed Catalogue. Our plants produced masses of fruit that burst in the mouth with flavour. Great in a stir fry or tickling up a salad. Can you recommend the most flavoursome tomatoes that you have grown? Tending tomatoes takes up a great deal of time and effort. And it’s so disapointing when the tomatoes turn out to be not as tasty as expected. I only want to grow great tasting tomatoes and I’m sure that it’s the same with you.
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