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On 13, Jun 2010 | No Comments | In edibles | By All Year Garden

Tomatoes are by far the most cultivated edible and they are fruit, not vegetables. There are two ways to categorize tomatoes. First, they can be determinate (shorter, stockier types that don’t need staking, take a shorter time to bear fruit and produce all the yield more or less at the same time; they are good for tomato sauce and canning), and indeterminate (take about 80 days to produce fruit, they are tall and need to be staked, and produce small yields all summer long. They are sweeter and more flavorful and are great eaten raw). The second way to categorize tomatoes is  open pollinated( will produce identical offspring with the parents) and hybrid varieties (the flowers do not consistently produce offspring that maintains the parent qualities).

Without further ado, here are some popular, high yield varieties of tomatoes:

Beefsteak (shown here) – Indeterminate, hybrid. The largest tomatoes, some weigh up to a pound. Perfect slicing tomatoes for sandwiches. Very productive.

Gardener’s delight – Indeterminate, open pollinated cherry tomatoes. Small but very sweet fruits. Children love them. Very productive.

Better Boy – Indeterminate, hybrid. Large, very high yield tasty slicing tomatoes.

Sungold – Indeterminate, hybrid. Orange productive and tasty cherry tomatoes.

Brandywine – Indeterminate, open pollinated. Meaty sandwich tomato, tasty and productive.

Early Girl – Indeterminate, hybrid. Very sweet, prone to cracking in the rain.

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