I’m one of those “strange” people who can’t eat raw tomatoes, at least if they are red. They produce a rash inside and outside my mouth that burns. Fortunately, I can eat orange, yellow, or pink tomatoes that are lower in acid. So, I’m always looking for that perfect orange tomato (you may recall that orange is also my favorite color!) For a cherry type tomato “Sun Sugar” can’t be beat for sweet flavor and productivity. The tomato I’ve found for a big slicer is “Chef’s Choice Orange” from SeedsNSuch. You can’t see them all in the photo, but there are 14 beautiful, ripe tomatoes on this ONE plant. Some of them were over 1 lb. in size! And keep in mind that I pick tomatoes every other day, so these ripened in that brief time period. I picked another 9 pounds off that plant two days later!
“Chef’s Choice Orange” was an AAS Winner in 2014. I’ve grown it now for 3 years, and it never disappoints me. I find it resistant to early blight, and the last of the tomatoes in my potager to get late blight. It is indeterminate, and needs a sturdy trellis at least 6′ tall, 7′ is better. It never has a tough core, and is an excellent slicer with small seed sections so it’s really meaty and full-flavored, just old-fashioned heirloom delicious, even though it’s not an heirloom, but a hybrid. Fruits are very uniform.
All summer long, I make gazpacho using these delicious tomatoes. Sadly, I probably made my last batch for this year, using the very last of my cucumbers.
Happily the “Chef’s Choice” series also comes in pink, red, yellow, and even green so one can grow a rainbow of perfect tomatoes. I’ll definitely be growing more next year!