Announcing "Top 10" Heirloom Tomatoes for 2017
For immediate release
Big, Bold-Flavored Beefsteak Tomatoes Still Favored While "Black" Tomatoes,
Short-Season Tomatoes and a Diversity of Cherry Tomatoes Continue to Grow In Popularity.
Little River, Calif. - October 20, 2016 - Gary Ibsen, founder of TomatoFest® Heirloom Tomato Seeds, author of The Great Tomato Book, and grower of more than 650 varieties of certified organic, heirloom tomatoes, announces the "Top 10" favorite heirloom tomatoes for 2017:
The "Top 10" heirloom tomatoes were selected from the top 10 most popular tomato varieties in 2015 and 2016 from a TomatoFest customer base of home gardeners and tomato farmers.
"Our survey demonstrated soundly that consumers still want the maximum of those "old fashioned" robust flavors in choosing what tomato varieties to grow in their home garden. The same with farmers growing for produce markets and restaurants where taste is the priority," says Ibsen. "Taste and diversity are the priority considerations for popularity of heirloom tomatoes in America."
The most popular tomato varieties continue to be the tomato varieties that offer that big burst of old-fashioned, complex, rich tomato flavors that provide a generous amount of acids to balance the sugars resulting in a tang of tartness. The "heirloom tomato classics," the old-time, favorite, red, pink and "black" beefsteak tomatoes, still provide the foundation of loyalty among tomato growers. Tomatoes with a high level of sweetness, like some of the favored yellow, orange and striped tomatoes also reign high in rankings.
This is the third year that TomatoFest surveyed our customers for their "Top 10" favorite tomatoes
Other findings in the TomatoFest survey:
Photos and descriptions of all the above listed tomato varieties can be found at TomatoFest.com
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