The Great Roma Tomato Challenge of 2018



This year I decided to grow a bunch of different types of Roma tomatoes in my suburban garden and see which was the best. I chose the cultivars based on experience and legend.  Most people choose their Roma’s for several reasons:

  • It is most often a determinate, which means it puts out a lot of tomatoes at once.
  • It has little seed and juice which makes it good for canning.
  • It has a dense meaty texture good for making sauces and stews.

These three factors make people who like to preserve food very happy.  They want a lot of tomatoes at once, so they can do a big batch of canning. They want little juice and seeds to keep their tomatoes dense in the cans. They also want a good texture for the eventual use in cooking.  

I planted the following 6 Roma type varieties this year. 

  • Heinz
  • Martino’s Roma
  • San Marzano
  • Red Italian Pear
  • Amish Paste
  • 10 Fingers of Naples

It is now midsummer, and the results are in.  Roma’s mature quickly so even though the summer is still going the results are in.  As short maturing tomatoes they are about done their production in my neck of the woods.    


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