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BigVanVader July 3, 2017 11:40 PM

[QUOTE]I just ate my first Ambrosia Orange, and I think it easily beats Sungold in flavor. [/QUOTE]

Well I'm sold. My wife & sis wont shut-up about Sungold so it will be fun to trick them & see if they can tell the difference. :lol:

Cole_Robbie July 5, 2017 12:51 PM

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[B]Zolotaya Pulya (Golden Bullet)

[/B]This is a great variety, good yield, good shelf life, yet still sweet and juicy. On the down side, it seems to be more mold-susceptible than my other plants.

AKmark July 5, 2017 02:42 PM

[QUOTE=Cole_Robbie;651902]Esterina is a good variety, high yield and good flavor. But it still tastes like a hybrid. Johnny's replaced White Cherry in their catalog with Esterina, but I ate my first White Cherry yesterday, and it is much better tasting than Esterina, not even close.

Ambrosia Red has great flavor for the second year in a row. I just ate my first Ambrosia Orange, and I think it easily beats Sungold in flavor. I think I have Ambrosia Gold out there somewhere, too.

Painted Pink is the best-tasting pink/red antho cherry that I have had. Bosque Blue Bumble Bee is back as my yellow antho cherry. It's like seeing an old friend again.[/QUOTE]
Very nice haul Cole. I just follow your threads to look for new good varieties now, since you grow many side by side. Thanks for doing the homework for me. LOL

tryno12 July 5, 2017 02:50 PM

AK mark, my thoughts exactly!

bower July 5, 2017 06:15 PM

I also love the reviews and pix you post of new varieties. :yes: The Golden Bullet looks good to me! Gorgeous. My Jaune Flammee are doing great although we're late so nothing ripe yet... but setting up and not falling for any of the nonsense complaints. ;) Would like to hear your comparison of JF/GB.

Cole_Robbie July 5, 2017 06:31 PM

You are all quite welcome.

Bower, I just ate a few Juan Flammee today. I think it is the best orange saladette for fresh eating. Some people say it can be too juicy. Shelf life of the JF is very short though, like a lot of heirloom varieties. The Golden Bullet I'd rate as a very close second in flavor, just about as good, and it will sit on my counter for 3-4 times as long without going bad.

De Barao Orange is another small orange tomato I like. Like Golden Bullet, it also has a history of being a Russian commercial variety. Flavor is not quite as good as the other two, but still better than any hybrid I have had, and the De Barao is the shelf life champion. They refuse to go bad. They'll sit for a month and still look good enough to sell.

That pic of the sliced Golden Bullet reminds me of Sladkij Ponchik, a yellow slicer I like, also former Russian commercial variety. These are all firm tomatoes, which I used to think I didn't like, but they are firm because the fruit have thick walls. There is a lot of juice inside to compensate. So a tomato can be firm and juicy at the same time. I didn't know that until I ran across these Russian varieties.

bower July 5, 2017 07:47 PM

Thanks, Cole, those are interesting observations. Shelf life is absolutely a consideration, and one of the reasons I appreciated Zolotoe Serdtse which is also very firm. But you can also have a thin skinned and less firm tomato that has great staying power:?!?:.. however these firm Russians do have their place and they certainly are sweet and enjoyable. I haven't tried any of the ones you named, but we do have a common interest in finding that perfect early yellow determinate. And orange... I love the orange ones... gotta have every color.:yes:
Definitely looking forward to the JF!

Worth1 July 6, 2017 07:28 AM

Orange tomatoes are one of my favorites.


Cole_Robbie July 7, 2017 02:53 PM

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This is Grot, another former Russian commercial variety that I like. It is firm like the others, but still has good tomato flavor.

Cole_Robbie July 7, 2017 02:54 PM

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Today's haul. Peppers are starting to come in.

BigVanVader July 7, 2017 04:16 PM

Gorgeous Cole. What are the piriform I see? Pepper of some sort?

Cole_Robbie July 7, 2017 04:19 PM

Thanks. Those are the first stuffers I have picked, seeds from pmcgrady, Mushroom Basket, maybe. I have to look it up. I had 3 stuffer types.

Cole_Robbie July 7, 2017 05:10 PM

On another note, I sprayed Met52 for my whiteflies a few days ago, and I hardly saw any at all today. They had gotten bad by the time I sprayed, so it was very effective.

tryno12 July 8, 2017 01:21 AM

As usual, great looking bunch!

Cole_Robbie July 9, 2017 02:54 PM

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The pleated stuffing tomato pictured earlier is actually Gezahnte:

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