“We got late blight and lost many plants.” This was a familiar refrain among comments from the blight-stricken New England and Maritime Canada region, but we also received reports of ‘Juliet’ and ‘Super Sweet 100’ putting up valiant fights. As for late blight, a couple of respondents suggested prayer and patience, noting that enough cool rain will melt down the finest tomato.
2. ‘Early Girl’
Also: ‘Big Boy,’ ‘Celebrity,’ ‘Cherokee Purple’
2. ‘Super Sweet 100’
3. ‘Black Cherry’
Also: ‘Gold Nugget’
2. ‘Amish Paste’
3. ‘San Marzano’
Also: ‘Orange Banana,’ ‘Opalka’
2. ‘Big Boy’
Also: ‘Mortgage Lifter,’ ‘Beefmaster’
1. ‘Yellow Pear’
Also: ‘New Zealand Pink Pear’
1. ‘Cherokee Purple’
2. ‘Black Krim’
3. ‘Green Zebra’
Also: ‘Pineapple,’ ‘Lemon Boy’
“I’m torn between the disease resistance and high yield of hybrids versus the beauty, variety and seed-saving option of heirlooms. I settle for a little bit of both.”
“I’ve experimented with a variety of tomatoes, but, for our short growing season, I find that cherry tomatoes reliably produce ripe tomatoes before frost, and all varieties are tasty. I use them in everything from sauce to sandwiches.”
Stewiacke, Nova Scotia
“Taste is very personal, so what I adore you may loathe. Flavor and productivity also vary due to seasonal conditions, so give a variety two or three growing seasons before deciding if it’s a keeper.”
Read The Best Tomatoes to Grow Where You Live to find the best varieties for other U.S. gardening regions.
Contributing editor Barbara Pleasant gardens in southwest Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and a few lucky chickens. Contact Barbara by visiting her website or finding her on Google+.
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