Today I held a tomato tasting contest with some of my friends. I have to say I was very disappointed. Not with my friends but with my tomatoes. I went last to taste them and could not believe how many of the tomatoes were either bland or watery. Some seemed weak in flavor. I’ve eaten them all summer and couldn’t remember them like this. They were not at all like the sweet flavorful tomatoes I ate last month.
Then it hit me-the 3 inches of rain we had this past week really weakened the flavors. I have had many split their skins this week from taking on so much water and that explains why so many of my favorites were rather bland vs a month ago they were very flavorful. They say if you want the flavors more intense, cut back on watering during harvest time which I did. Usually we don’t have an over-abundance of rain, but we have this year. I haven’t had the drip system on in 2 weeks but mother nature choose to give us more rain than I can ever remember getting at this time of year.
Never the less there were some outstanding tomatoes. Below is the ranking of the ones we tasted. There were many ties. I found it amazing that 7 of the tomatoes in the top ten were black or purple tomatoes. 6 were yellow and only 1 red tomato in the top ten. (Remember there were some ties which is why we have more then 10)
Many of the rest of the tomatoes were red which is interesting as most of us like to use red tomatoes for sauce where cooking brings out the flavors but don’t like to use other colors for sauce.
I think if I had had the contest 2 weeks ago before the rain, the results may have been very different but still feel the black tomatoes would have outshine the rest. Can you tell I’m partial?!
Thanks to all for helping out with the tasting and grading!
2013 TOMATO TASTING CONTEST
1st place-Paul Robeson-black tomato
2nd place-Indigo Apple-black tomato
3rd place-Brandy Boy-black tomato
4th place-Black and Brown Boar-black tomato
4th place-Big Sungold Select-yellow cherry tomato
5th place-Cherokee Purple-black tomato
5th place-Southern Nites-black tomato
6th place-Sungold-yellow cherry tomato
7th place-Juane Flamme-orange tomato
8th place-Ananas Noire-green/black tomato
8th place-Virginia Sweet-yellow tomato
8th place- Porkchop-yellow tomato
9th place-Galon De Melon-yellow cherry tomato
10th place-Bloody Butcher-red tomato
11th place-Marmande-red tomato
12th place-Big Zac-red tomato
13th place-Costoluto Genevese-red tomato
14th place-Pantano Romanesco-red tomato
14th place-Green Grape-green cherry tomato
15th place-Cour Di Bue-red tomato
15th place-Gold Medal-yellow tomato
16th place-Orange Wellington-orange tomato