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Old 12-23-2008, 06:33 AM   #11
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There was a roma variety I grew the past few years , i think it was called 'salsa' . It was supposed to have the fewest amount of seeds, and the thickest amount of flesh. Worked great for cooking, but when eating them fresh they were a little pasty. Also , the benefit of growing romas as opposed to the larger varieties of tomatoes is that the plant usually produces more tomatoes and quicker/ earlier in the season. I had one plant that produced tomatoes the size of grapefruits, but only about a dozen per plant, and didnt pick them until september, where as the romas produced 40 - 50 tomatoes per plant and started picking them in july. I try to grow a few varieties so i have a constant supply from july through october. then, make sauce and freeze them. I still have about 30 quarts outside in the freezer. should last me til the spring.
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Old 12-23-2008, 07:14 AM   #12
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Roma here too. I dont have enough variety up here to have a number 2.
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Old 12-23-2008, 07:40 AM   #13
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San Marzanos are great unless they succumb to VF.
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:59 AM   #14
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Canned San Marzanos. I really like Beefsteaks fresh on salads, burgers or as a caprese.....or even just with salt.


God, I can't wait til summer.
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Old 12-23-2008, 11:08 AM   #15
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Romas and cherry/grape varietals in the summer from farm stands.

32oz. cans of low-sodium Romas are in stock at all times as well.
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Old 12-23-2008, 11:31 AM   #16
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In general, Romas.

Other than that, I typically go for the heirlooms. If I just wanna eat a tomato, I reach for beefsteak.
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Old 12-23-2008, 11:52 AM   #17
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There was a roma variety I grew the past few years , i think it was called 'salsa' . It was supposed to have the fewest amount of seeds, and the thickest amount of flesh. Worked great for cooking, but when eating them fresh they were a little pasty. Also , the benefit of growing romas as opposed to the larger varieties of tomatoes is that the plant usually produces more tomatoes and quicker/ earlier in the season. I had one plant that produced tomatoes the size of grapefruits, but only about a dozen per plant, and didnt pick them until september, where as the romas produced 40 - 50 tomatoes per plant and started picking them in july. I try to grow a few varieties so i have a constant supply from july through october. then, make sauce and freeze them. I still have about 30 quarts outside in the freezer. should last me til the spring.
the salsa variety sounds great. Where do you get the seeds/plants? What other varieties do you grow?

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Canned San Marzanos. I really like Beefsteaks fresh on salads, burgers or as a caprese.....or even just with salt.

God, I can't wait til summer.
I might have to learn to can since our freezer isn't that big. I keep hoping I can just talk my husband into a bigger freezer

I can't wait until spring so I can work outside with my plants. but for now I can just plan and order seeds

san marzano sounds good too. especilly according to wiki which says that it breeds true from generation to generation so once I get some I can just keep it going year to year.
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Old 12-23-2008, 01:20 PM   #18
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the salsa variety sounds great. Where do you get the seeds/plants? What other varieties do you grow?



I might have to learn to can since our freezer isn't that big. I keep hoping I can just talk my husband into a bigger freezer

I can't wait until spring so I can work outside with my plants. but for now I can just plan and order seeds

san marzano sounds good too. especilly according to wiki which says that it breeds true from generation to generation so once I get some I can just keep it going year to year.
If you cook them down you should be able to get more into your freezer and perhaps they'll stay sweeter.
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Romas and cherry/grape varietals in the summer from farm stands.
Romas all the way here as well. I do like cherry tomatoes to "confit" or poach in olive oil, or to roast and add to dishes.
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Old 12-23-2008, 01:44 PM   #20
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Tomato Fresh Salsa - Midseason, Midsize Tomatoes - Tomatoes - Vegetables - Burpee

This is the link for the salsa tomatoes at burpee.com

I usually try to grow a few different varieties/ sizes each year to allow me to do what I want and to have a steady stream of tomatoes throughout the summer -early fall.

As far as specific varieties, I vary from year to year and most i dont remember. If I do come across a variety I was happy with, Ill let you know.
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