Favorite Crop Varieties: Orange Tomato, Snap Beans and Garden Pea

Brook Elliott shares MOTHER readers favorite crop varieties, including Juane Flamme orange tomato, Tobacco Worm snap beans, Laxton Progress No. 9 garden pea and Lutz Greenleaf beet.

  • Orange cherry tomatoes are one of a number of favorite crop varieties of readers.
    Orange cherry tomatoes are one of a number of favorite crop varieties of readers.

  • Orange cherry tomatoes are one of a number of favorite crop varieties of readers.

MOTHER readers share their favorite crop varieties.

Great taste is one of the biggest reasons to grow your own garden, yet many of the best-tasting varieties are becoming hard to find. That's because our current food system often values shelf life and shipping qualities more than taste and tenderness. MOTHER'S Cream of the Crop series presents outstanding favorite crop varieties recommended by our green-thumbed readers.

Jaune Flamme Orange Tomato

An old French variety, "Jaune Flamme" is a fabulous fresh-eating tomato with an explosive, intense flavor that shines through any salad dressing with ease.

The outer walls are thick and meaty, with just enough juice to provide a full-bodied, citrus-like flavor that surprises all who try it for the first time. The real joy is cutting into one. The yellow-orange skin yields to beautiful red-mottled flesh inside.

Although this heirloom is excellent for fresh salads, it reaches its full potential as a drying tomato. It has such an exquisite flavor that I use it exclusively when baking, especially in breads.

A joy to grow as well as to eat, the plants are indeterminate (bearing fruit continuously) and early producers, and seem resistant to many diseases that normally plague tomatoes. The fruits are held in clusters of six to eight, each fruit the size of a golf ball or slightly larger.

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