The Great Cherry Tomato Challenge of 2018

| 12/6/2018 9:57:00 AM

This year, at our Victory Gardener grow out patch, we decided to grow a bunch of different types of cherry tomatoes and see which was the best. We chose the cultivars based on experience and reviews. Most people choose their cherry tomatoes for several reasons:

  • It is most often an indeterminate, so they put out small yummy tomatoes all summer.
  • They come in all sorts of colors and sizes to add texture and fun to salads and recipes.
  • Kids will often eat them right off the plant opening the door to possible wider food choices and good eating habits.

The Cherry tomato makes it into most people’s garden, however they become overwhelming if not picked regularly. Most people only need a plant or two in their garden unless they truly enjoy the cherry tomato. Cherries don’t have much meat, so they are not much use in sauce or stews as by the time they are pealed there is not much left. Cherry’s also have lots of juice and seeds which adds flavor but does not add meat. Even with all this said, cherry tomatoes are often our largest seller as plants at our market booth in Columbia Missouri. Cherries are also in high demand in our online seed store. Everyone wants to try at least type.


We planted the following 6 Cherry type varieties this year. 

  • Egg Yolk
  • Blue Berry
  • Indigo Apple
  • Yellow Pear
  • 10 Finger of Naples
  • Minibell

Results from Worst to Best:   

10 Fingers of Naples: This plant did well in the garden, it put out a decent yield of Roma shaped cherry tomatoes. They taste good and have a nice pink tone to them.They are mildly acidic.   

Minibell: These patio tomatoes turned out to be the small plants at less than a foot high. They did well in a container on the porch and put out a cute little yield. The taste was OK but not great. This was a fun ornamental, but I would not depend on it for much food.

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