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Old July 17, 2017   #1
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Default The Ultimate Cherry?

To me, the ultimate flavor is from Sungold, but, with our intermittent downpours, the splitting stops me cold. Sunsugar is a bit better in cracking, but has pretty small fruit. Maybe Sunchocola will solve this for me and still provide that sweet, tangy taste that I love. Maybe Esterina, although from my plants thus far, I get sweet, but pretty much no tang -- kind of "shallow." (Season is still pretty early, though, so that may change.) Esterina is maybe an 8.5 with me -- certainly a very good cherry and ranks very high.

So what say you, Tomatoville -- what is your favorite cherry (ies), and what do you like about it that sets it above others?

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I grow a circa 2011 variety sold by Franchi seeds (it's not the same as the red cherry they have now). I grow it every year because it has a big, bold tomato flavor in a small package. Sweet cherries have zero appeal to me.
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Old July 17, 2017   #3
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From our breeders here next to Lake Ochochobee(spelling varies),bhn624,tough,robust,the explosive pop when eating off the vine.Going back to originals,black cherrys from the famous breeder here in fla.Bratka?(spelling on these pads drive me crazy).Tried those fancy designer oranges here in10b,they just won't hold up.
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Ron's Carbon Copy, hands down. Produced well with a lot of neglect, taste is just sublime and no disease down here in hot dry Texas for me. It's a must have every year now.
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Ron's Carbon Copy, hands down. Produced well with a lot of neglect, taste is just sublime and no disease down here in hot dry Texas for me. It's a must have every year now.
I've missed reading about that one -- sounds very interesting. (But don't they all!)

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Japanese Pink Cherry is my favorite sweet tomato.

Porter is my favorite old-time balanced tasting cherry tomato.
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If you like sweet flavor, anything with "Ambrosia" in the name is a winner.
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If you like sweet flavor, anything with "Ambrosia" in the name is a winner.

Ambrosia by definition interprets as "food for the gods." Interesting that these ambrosia "strains" just appeared recently (to my knowledge - maybe not so?).

I grew some Ambrosia Sweet Corn and it was off the chain. Admittedly, I have never grown a mater w/ the ambrosia tag.

I normally do not do a fall crop, but think I could definitely do some cherry types w/ success. Previous attempts w/ the "full-sized" maters had green toms dying in the late fall and frost. With the waning sun, they never wanted to ripen. With a 50-60 day maturity and a smaller cell, should go smooooothly.

I wish they sold seeds in "variety" packs. A top ten offering, 50 seeds/5 each, or top twenty 100/5 assortment. I would like to grow several - well, just b/c. LOL, but don't want 10 plants of the same. ... & at this time, nursing in a protected area in the august heat (planting calendar suggests planting NOTHING in August - not even a cactus) and then set out in September would probably go over well.

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I like "sweet", but it must be intense too, and most of the red cherries don't do it for me. Of course I love Sungold at first, but as the season wears on I find that the flavor changes and I don't like it as much. It seems to get more acidic and puts my teeth on edge, but maybe that's just me.

I thought I had found the best-tasting cherry in Carbon Copy, but last year I grew Rosella, a purple cherry which is fruity and sweet. I liked it better than CC at first, but CC came into its own later in the season.

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I am growing out an orange cherry in the dwarf project, it is f3 now, and to me, tastes nearly identical to the f2 from last year, and to sungold f1. If allowed to at least blush before picking, it ripens from yellow to deep golden orange. I had to prune off a branch that had many fruit on it and I left the fruit on the branch and brought it inside and 90% of the totally green tomatoes ripened, they just didn't have the sweetness of the ones that blushed on the vine, but they still had the fresh flavor.
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Very cool Carrie!

Will be watching for that one. Are we allowed to know the name?

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Very cool Carrie!

Will be watching for that one. Are we allowed to know the name?

Linda
I haven't really thought of a name for it yet, but when I do, I will certainly share!

I am enjoying this thread, I am going to have to take notes to decide which cherries to grow next year!
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orange zinger has been a good one for me for the past 2 years. firm round and a little zip. nor does it tend to split like sungold (which I have quit growing because of. they attract the SWD and I don't want to keep them picked off at the just blush stage. too many other ones to grow in its place.)
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obviously I am not as promiscuous as ya'll, but of the 12+ I have encountered, I do like the sungold the best. it is highly prolific and tasty - my one SG is in full GO mode right now.

I have a rogue/volunteer "cherry" that I let grow this year, and the thing has gone wild with the july rain, but the fruit is the size of a perfectly round Ping-Pong ball - very red in color. seems like a grew a 4th of july in that bed one year, but this plant has the fruiting pattern of a cherry and I can't remember if 04Jul has that trademark.
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