In this episode, we will be reviewing organically grown heirloom tomatoes. 7 are from my own garden, and the other 6 are from E.R. and Son Farm in Monroe Township in northern NJ.
oops! the bowl labeled black krim all the way in the back is the chocolate cherry.
In my research for this podcast, I came across a bunch of websites on tomato tasting parties. I never knew how popular this concept was. The most remarkable of these websites is at http://mariseeds.com/seedcatalog/party.html it’s quite impressive, and puts our wimpy 13 variety taste test to shame.
The following lists are the order in which we tasted them. The winners were chocolate cherry with wapsipinicon peach following closely behind. (the varieties that I had grown in my own garden are italicized, if you are curious.)
1: Green Zebra – excellent, not acidic, firm, solid, “meaty in a tomato way”, sour, tart
2: Illinois Beauty – not a strong flavor, fresh, watery, mild, bland
3: Riesentraube cherry tomato – tough skin, bitter, sour, a lot of seeds
4: Sweet Chelsea, don’t like it, too vegetable-y
5: Tigerella – mealy, not a lot of flavor, would be good with a little salt
6: Chocolate Cherry Tomato – good flavor, tough skin, but not too thick, exquisite, sweet, like candy, best tomato i’ve ever had
7: Black Nyagous – almost as good as the chocolate cherry, not quite as sweet, watery, light flavor
8: Japanese Black Trifele – doesn’t taste tomatoey, tough skin, tastes like a bell pepper, indifferent
9: Dr. Wyche’s Yellow – subtle flavor, nice aftertaste, firmness was good
10: Georgia Streak – “i would eat a salad with THAT tomato” slight corn flavor, watery,
11: Kellogg’s Breakfast – very crunchy, like eating water, not much flavor (gigantic)
12: Cream Sausage - terrible. mealy, too firm, tart, really bad taste, musty, astringent. (the worst)
13: Wapsipinicon Peach – really good, the best, lots of flavor, mild, a lot going on, sweet to sour.
this episode’s outro music is Red Ripe Tomatoes by Jack Kelly & his south Memphis jug band recorded in 1933. It’s totally not a vegan song, just substitute T-bone with seitan and fishing with swimming if you wish. On that note, if you are a musician and would like to have some of your songs featured on the podcast, please send an e-mail to music @ veganreview.info. let us know how long you’ve been a vegetarian and maybe include what your favorite foods are while you’re at it. until then, we’re going to stick with music that’s in the public domain to keep it legal and such.
Stay tuned for the next episode where we will be pitting generic and natural/organic brands of OREO-esque sandwich cookies against the classic. You MAY be surprised by the outcome. I know I was.