RE: [tomato] Some English varieties

Catharine Vinson (
Sun, 18 Oct 1998 12:59:57 -0400

Kim wrote:
2) Tigerella - Supposedly a golf ball sized striped fruit (red with yellow?).

Does moderately well in Atlanta (7b). It is striped as described. Flavor is good but not memorable IMHO. In the last couple of years it has become very popular in nurseries that offer a small selection of OP varieties.

3) San Marzano - look to be a roma type.  Claims to be for bottling (i.e.
thats English for canning). 

They've never done particularly well for me. Ok, but not productive. Amish Paste is a much better variety for my growing conditions.

4) Hybrid Sungold- looks to be a yellow cherry tomato. Claims to be the
sweetest tastiest tomato ever- (I'm afraid I'm a skeptic here).

These grow very well in Atlanta. At first, I was smitten with the taste. But after a couple of snacks, they start to remind me of kiddie wine.....all sugar and no core of real tomato flavor.  

5) Green Grape - Labelled as Experimental TM/MO5.   Supposedly 
hangs in clusters like Muscat grapes. 

I love this one. Grows very well for me. I seem to remember that Alice Waters did a great deal to bring this tomato into widespread cultivation and popularity with west coast chefs.

Catharine, Atlanta, zone 7b