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Old February 4, 2018   #1
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Default SunGold, SunPeach, SunChocola and Esterina

This is the first year that I've grown SunPeach and SunChocola and I love them both.

I've grown SunGold for years now and this is my 2nd year growing Esterina.

SunPeach and Esterina are both very early in my garden. SunChocola was the latest but my seeds were started in mid-late October (same with SunGold).

I just wanted to post pictures so you can see the size differences among these cherry tomatoes.
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Old February 4, 2018   #2
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Thanks so much for the pictures, I really like seeing cherries compared side by side. I've never tried SunPeach and SunChocola, can you describe the flavor notes that make them so different? I still love SunGold above all others. Esterina was very sweet, but like SunSugar, for me, they just had more bland one note sweetness instead of the citrus acid burst that I can taste in SunGold. I guess what I am hoping is that some other cherries in that line might be able to match the acid intensity with some different flavor notes.
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SunGold is the only one with a unique flavor.

I do not think SunPeach or SunChocola has a unique flavor; it's just A LOT better than the other Pink/Red and Brown tomatoes. Production is out of this world.

If I'm eating a big red tomato and then pop in a SunPeach, the flavor is much more intense. It is very noticable. Same with other red cherries. Last year I grew Lizzano and thought it was really good; this year they are spitters; either it is the colder weather or I'm spoiled with SunPeach

Started growing Sakura some time in December and they have already set fruit.


Esterina is not bland at all grown here in Florida. Maybe it's a climate thing.
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That picture is beautiful and it's great to have reports of these grown side-by-side. I too prefer Sungold over Sunsugar (hard to describe the the difference but in blind taste tests I could distinguish them). I've always been interested in SunPeach and SunChocola so your reports are helpful!
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I also appreciate your posting these photos, Barb, and am an avid Sungold fan (Sunsugar, not). SunPeach was very good in my garden, too, but I didn't bring it back because...Sungold. I've been tempted to try SunChocola b'cause of reviews here, but it's larger than I like, so I haven't yet; Esterina made my lineup for 2018 because I caved and bought lots of seeds I probably shouldn't have.
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Esterina is not bland at all grown here in Florida. Maybe it's a climate thing.
I didn't mean to leave the impression that Esterina was bland, it is very sweet and I'm sure many people will love it. It just had a simple sweetness that is not what I was looking for, since I like my tomatoes to be acidic also.
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Thanks for the pictures Barb. I'll try Sunpeach this summer, and I'm 100% aligned with your thoughts on the other 3. Similar to your experience with Esterina F1 in FL, it had both flavour & sweetness when I tried it here. I'm keen to try Sungreen too, so if any folks want to do a group purchase then I'm in.
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Barb gave me a few SunChocola seeds, and I am absolutely in love with it's taste, plus it is crazy productive. Great texture too. Barb, thank you so much.
I too find Esterina very sweet, but not enough acid balance. Still, I like it more than not, and I get tired of picking so many. Lol.
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Tomatoberry is a solid big 'cherry' choice. It is basically a grape however, in the way of texture/meatiness/etc, including the new distinct 'grape taste' that all new hybrid grapes have. A lot less sweet then others and with a strong taste, which is why I like it. Can be very productive in the right conditions (aka no pests, very sensitive to them).

I wanted to try Sunpeach since a while but the few places that have it have an insane price.

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Thanks Barb. I would not have thought sunchocola would have been so much larger.
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I think that SunChocola is REALLY tasty

Thanks Marsha!

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As I sit here in central Pennsylvania and look out my window at all the fresh snow, I must say that those tomatoes sure look delicious Thanks for the pictures. It keeps me thinking of Spring despite what that darn groundhog says
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Thanks for posting those comparison pics Barb! So helpful to really see them all I had never even heard of Sun Chocola or Sun Peach! I adore cherries so will put them on my long "to acquire and try' wish list. How does Sun Chocola compare to Black Cherry flavor and size wise?
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Nice pics, Barb. I have grown them all and agree with everything you said.

Esterina, like every other yellow cherry I have ever tried, is very dependent upon the correct amount of rainfall in my garden. Too much rain, and all the yellow cherries have a watered-down flavor.
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Default UPDATE - Adding Sakura to the mix

Our Florida season is in full swing. Day temps are generally in the 70s and nights in the 60s. A tomato dream. I have tons of wind where I live so the plants/leaves generally take a beating.

At the time I took the prior picture, I had been growing Sakura but nothing was ripe.
So here is how Sakura measures up in size:

Also, Sakura is beyond productive. I have not found it a SMALL plant at all. It's got the bushiness of a smaller plant, it's just big and bushy.

As you can see they are larger than SunPeach. Sakura is in the back whereas SP is in the front. Taste is not as sweet as SP, definitely more tomato-ey. Flavor is more like a great big tomato.

Will grow all of these again, and again. In the fall, I'm going to grow other Tokita cherry tomatoes also.
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