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Gary Ibsen, founder of TomatoFest® Heirloom Tomato Seeds, author of The Great Tomato Book, and grower of 600 varieties of certified organic, heirloom tomatoes, announces the “Top 10” favorite heirloom tomatoes for 2012:
Black Cherry (purple/black)
Brandywine, Sudduth Strain (pink beefsteak)
Chocolate Stripes (red/green striped)
Blondkopfchen (yellow cherry)
Black From Tula (purple/black beefsteak)
Neves Azorean red (red beefsteak)
Amana Orange (orange beefsteak)
Azoychka (yellow/orange beefsteak)
Caspian Pink (pink beefsteak)
Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom (yellow beefsteak)
The “Top Ten” heirloom tomatoes were selected from the top 20 most popular tomato varieties in 2011 from a TomatoFest customer base of more than 10,000 thousand home gardeners and tomato farmers. From these 20 tomato varieties, Ibsen and his panel, selected the final ten tomato varieties based upon what were determined to be the best tasting,
“Our survey demonstrated soundly that consumers want the maximum of those “old fashioned” robust flavors in choosing what tomato varieties to grow in their home garden. The same with farmers growing for produce markets and restaurants. Taste reigns supreme,” says Ibsen. “And this is the essence of the continued popularity of heirloom tomatoes in America.”
Other findings in the TomatoFest survey:
Photos and descriptions of all the above listed tomato varieties can be found at TomatoFest.com.
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