This year I'm planning on growing out a varied array of cherry tomato varieties, to compare them in the same growing season with a view to picking my ultimate top 10 - 20. I have an idea this will help me reduce the overall amount of varieties I seem to have gathered! I've included my favourites that I've grown before, but maybe not grown them along some of the others on the list to be able to make a final call. Also quite a few new to me varieties in the mix which is fun and I hope there will be some new stars.
I've included Sweet Aperitif and Rosella as they are from the same breeders as Black Opal, which I found so good last year. Similarly I have a number of cherry tomatoes bred by J&L Select seeds as one of their varieties Ambrosia Gold, was outstanding last year.
Bosque Green Cherry
Dancing with Smurfs
Green Bumble Bee
Green Doctors Frosted
Green Envy F1 (?)
Green Grape Beyond
Green Tiger (British)
Green Zebra Cherry
Pink Bumble Bee
Purple Bumble Bee
St Nicks F1
Suncherry Extra Sweet F1
Suncherry Premium F1
Sun Sugar F1
55 Flower Goddess
|Blush, very pretty and crops well, nice tomato, maybe not enough flavour?|
A Fred Hempel variety.
|Dancing with Smurfs, a recent introduction by Tom Wagner,|
I like these a lot, not sweet but good tomato taste and they
|Purple Bumble Bee, bred by Fred Hempel. Pretty but flavour a little|
disappointing, growing again before making up my mind.
|Pink Bumble Bee (Fred Hempel), pretty variety but not sure the|
taste is there for me?
|Green Zebra Cherry, good rich tomato flavour not very sweet.|
Vines are quite short growing but productive,
lots of lovely green striped large cherries.
As I started to say above last season I was lucky enough to find two new favourites to add to my cherry affair! Black Opal and Ambrosia Gold, both utterly delish! Ambrosia Gold no picture yet, had that lovely leaf scent the same as Sungold.
|Black Opal, my favourite black cherry! Gorgeous sweet|
flavour, I couldn't get enough of these beauties last year.
Which leads me on to what are my current Tastiest Top 8 cherry tomatoes?
Suncherry Premium F1
They are mostly F1 varieties.
|Trio of Coyote|
Great tasting cherry tomatoes already bubbling near the top spots are
Green Doctor and Green Doctors Frosted
|Verde Claro, bred and developed by Tom Wagner, seeds are from Tom|
|Medovya Kaplya, such a pretty fruit and the best tasting|
yellow pear I've tasted, Particularly good later in the
season and they carry on until cut down by frost.
|Green Doctor's Frosted on the left Green Doctors on the right. Subtly skin|
colour separates the two, taste is very close, but if I had to call it
Green Doctors Frosted would just edge to the front.
Cherries under development
Varieties I like very much and are likely to be hustling for the top spots in the near future, but are still being grown out for a few more generations until stable. All varieties bred by Tom Wagner, except Purple Haze OP which is from Keith Mueller's F1 variety.
Purple Haze OP
|These are one of the selections I've made from Golden Crabapple|
|My selections of Sweet Casady and Black Casady|