What are the pros? Heavy fruit, dense, some large
What are the cons? Flavor could be better
I spent over five summers trying to find the perfect paste tomato to grow in Southeastern WA state. I wanted a paste tomato that would not crack (problems with ants), produced well, and was as large as possible. Amish paste did not produce very well and cracked, Russian purple weren't very big and lacked in flavor. While I do not consider this the most tasty tomato in my garden, for the things I grow it for (canning pasta sauce, tomato sauce, salsa), once I add spices and other vegetables the lack in flavor doesn't matter as much. These are vigorous plants. Some plants have smaller tomatoes and some are really quite large for a paste variety. These tomatoes do not crack. And because they are not indeterminate, they don't grow really tall like some heirlooms, so we just grew our plants (15-20 of them) in a row on the ground. They have done really well. We saved the tomato supports for our others indeterminate varieties. This is our go-to paste tomato now. We will grow this for years.
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