Tuesday, September 8, 2009

And the Winner Is...

Cherokee Purple, grown by Zak Standerfer! This tasty dark red tomato with blue/purple stripes won First Place from the judges and received the People's Choice award, based on ratings by those at the taste-off.

The judges awarded Second Place to Pineapple, a yellow tomato grown by Doug DeLong:

Third Place went to Celebrity, a red tomato grown by Julie Standerfer:

According to the article on Wikipedia, "Cherokee purple is the name of a cultivar of tomato, unusual for the deep purple/red hue of its fruit. It was one of the first of the "black" color group of tomatoes. It is also unusual in being extremely popular for the sake of its flavor, instead of only its unusual color." Read more.

See also more information on the pineapple tomato and the celebrity tomato.

We had 17 varieties from 6 growers:

  • Arkansas Traveler (Tess Melvin)
  • Franchi - Pomodoro Redorta (Doug DeLong)
  • Franchi - Pomodoro Red Cherry (Jim Bryant)
  • Franchi - Pomodoro Red Pear (Doug DeLong)
  • Brandywine (Doug DeLong)
  • Anna Noir (Doug DeLong)
  • Hartman's Gooseberry (Doug DeLong)
  • Pineapple (Doug DeLong)
  • Brownberry (Doug DeLong)
  • Chocolate Tomatoes (Doug DeLong)
  • Unknown (Doug DeLong)
  • Seminole Indian (Cliff Dobbs)
  • Polish Tomatoes (Cliff Dobbs)
  • Elsie's Tomatoes (Greg Yoder)
  • Cherry Tomatoes (Jim Bryant)
  • Cherokee Purple (Zak Standerfer)
  • Celebrity (Julie Standerfer)

See photos of the entries.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

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