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Growing Things: All-American Selections, the Tomato Edition

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It’s no secret that I have a passion for tomatoes, so whenever I see award-winning varieties emailed to me, I pay attention and share the good news. In part two of the 2022 All-America Selections (AAS) Award Winners series, we look at three award-winning varieties from the nonprofit organization that tests new varieties before presenting only the best garden performers as AAS winners. .

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Tomato ‘Pink Delicious’

I’m a big fan of heirloom tomatoes and grow them for their great taste. This variety has an heirloom appearance, meaning it doesn’t have the perfect appearance of most store-bought tomatoes. I don’t know when we started demanding that tomatoes taste better than they taste, but that’s just plain wrong in my book.

According to the AAS judges, Pink Delicious is an early maturing variety with excellent flavor and texture. It is also said to have hybrid disease resistance and improved germination, which means it will be easier for the home gardener to grow. The judges found that, next to the comparison varieties, this one ripened earlier, had a higher yield and uniform fruit size. It was also noted that large fruits broke less. On the Brix scale of sugar content, Pink Delicious levels were high for a sweeter than normal tomato. I’ve already added this one to my must-have list.

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Tomato ‘Purple Zebra F1’

This striped variety produces tomatoes with complex flavors and a medium firm texture. The skins are dark red with mahogany stripes and darker flesh inside. The AAS judges found the flavor to be sweet and sour but leaned towards sweetness. The disease resistance of this tomato is excellent. Among the list of competitors, the one has high resistance to Verticillium wilt, Fusarium wilt race 1, leaf mold and downy mildew among others. In comparative trials, it was found to have better flavor and thinner skin than other disease-resistant varieties.

If you’ve had trouble growing tomatoes in the past due to disease, this could be a great strain to try.

Tomato ‘Sunset Torch F1’

This small, plum-sized 25cm tomato was described as a vigorous grower and was the first to ripen in many trial regions. It has an open growth habit which means the fruit is not hidden and easy to harvest. It is characterized by resistance to cracking, good yields and a slightly sweet, almost fruity flavor. It has also been noted to be excellent in disease resistance.

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I am including a bonus AAS winner from 2020 which I have successfully grown. The ‘Apple Yellow F1’ tomato is a bright yellow apple-shaped tomato. What caught my eye when this tomato was first introduced two years ago was a description that this indeterminate variety produced vines 1.5m tall with abundant clusters of fruit and was able to produce up to 1,000 fruits per plant.

I don’t know if I got 1000 fruits, but there were plenty of tomatoes for the size of the plant. AAS judges found this variety to be non-splitting and uniform in shape. I found the taste to be a good balance of sweetness and sourness, and it was very good to eat. The exterior of the tomato was firm and the texture was meaty. I will grow this variety again.

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A reminder that these plants are very new to the market and may not be available at your local garden centers or greenhouses for this upcoming growing season. I can’t tell you where or when they will be available on the market, so check with your local nursery or greenhouse directly.

For more information on All-America selections or to search for previous winners, go to all-americaselections.org.

Learn more by emailing your questions to [email protected], reading previous articles at https://edmontonjournal.com/author/geraldfilipski or my book ask jerry. You can also follow me on twitter @justaskjerry01.

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