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    Coeur de pigeon
    Small, bite sized cherry tomatoes. Lovely sweet flavour
    Healthy and vigour 8/10
    Taste 8/10
    Will I grow next year- yes

    Moneymaker
    A 'utility' tomato - produces decent sized tomatoes but not amazing flavour
    Healthy and vigour 8/10
    taste 7/10
    Will I grow next year- probably

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    Sungold, its all been said before, first to ripen this year.

    Health & vigour 9/19

    Taste 10/10

    Will I grow it next year, can't find a reason to change the habit of many years.

    Sweet Aperitif, Second to ripen, very prolific and good taste.

    Health & vigour 8/10.

    Taste, most acceptable, just a little less sweet than Sungold.

    Will I grow it next year, yes.

    Red Zebra, Nice zingy tomato, ideal for home made soup.

    Health & vigour, 8/10, suffered with some BER but that was my fault, should have dosed with Epsom salts earlier.

    Taste, not sweet at all but a good tomato bite.

    Will I grow it next year, yes if I have room.

    Tumbler, my hanging basket outdoor tomato, late this year but that's understandable.

    Health & vigour 9/10, good strong plants that defy the wind and very prolific.

    Taste, a nice firm flesh with medium sweetness.

    Will I grow it next year. Yes like Sungold its one of my staples.
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    What did well for me this year.
    Picollo, Sungold, Red Alert, Black Cherry, Manitoba, Stupice, Kimberley and Gardeners Delight. All of these are cherry type tomatoes.
    New for me this year and i will grow again, Moskvich, a cmall tomato but a good producer.
    Buryzten, a lovely yellow tomato with a mild flavour.
    Peremoga, a beefsteak, not a big producer but a lovely juicy tomato.
    Plack Prince another beefsteak with a lovely flavour.
    What i wont grow are Indian Stripe, all foliage and very little toms.
    Hawaiian Pineapple, a little cherry but sweet and bland.
    Cosmonaut Volkov, a beefsteak but a poor producer.
    One of my favourite toms has to be Kumato, alovely black tomato with a lovely flavour.
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    Garden Pearl
    Health and vigour 6/10 bush cherry variety tends to collapse, so best in tall pots or hanging baskets. Loads of flowers but relatively few of them set (could be the weather), foliage tending to turn yellow.
    Taste 5/10, very average, but may be better cooked.
    Will I grow next year - No

    Edit - taste is much better when cooked. Upgrade to maybe grow next year.
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    Fantastic reviews so far. Here's what I've been growing :-

    Coastal Alicante
    Large deep red fruits, which are OK in salads, though I prefer to use them for cooking. I reserved the right to rename them, since I've been saving seed from the largest tomatoes each year for 10 years now, with the largest fruits this year coming in fist size. Will be sending some the the VSP this year VC
    Health & Vigour 9/10
    Taste 7/10
    Will I grow next year? Yes

    Marmande
    Been slow to ripen, but large, misshapen fruit 'meaty', as typical of Marmande. Only had three ripe fruit so far.
    Health & Vigour 10/10
    Taste 9/10 - one slice is enough for a tomato sandwich and is delicious
    Will I grow next year? Yes

    Tumbler
    Beautiful oval fruit. First time I've grown them and fruit were larger than I expected - larger than the average cherry tom.
    Health & Vigour 10/10 - prolific
    Taste 8/10 Good taste, but skin a little thick
    Will I grow next year? Yes

    Sweet Million
    Not quite millions, but certainly seems like hundreds of fruit on each plant. Variable size, from average cherry tom size, to little finger nail size - though that's probably down to me not looking after them properly.
    Health & Vigour 8/10
    Taste 8/10
    Will I grow next year? Probably

    Julies Sweet
    Been grown and seed saved by a friend (Julie), who's been seed saving this variety for over 15 years and can't remember the original variety name, but this seems appropriate.
    Health & Vigour 6/10 - plants look sickly and pathetic, as if they're on the verge of collapse pretty much from sprouting, but have been assured they always look like that
    Taste 10/10 - outstanding super sweets
    Will I grow next year? Yes

    Unknown
    Supposed to be Orange Pear, which I got from VSP to viability test, but whatever it is, it aint Orange Pear. Size and shape much more like a Roma.
    Health & Vigour 7/10
    Taste 7/10
    Will I grow next year? Probably not.

    Ailsa Craig
    Good staple tom
    Health & Vigour 9/10
    Taste 9/10
    Will I grow next year? Maybe

    Had failures this year with Tigerella, African Queen, Cour de Bouef and German Lunchbox, to name but a few, who started well, but didn't progress beyond seedlings, but will try again next year.
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    Thanks Skeggi!
    Shame about the Orange Pear - wonder whether anyone else is growing it?
    Your Coastal Alicante sounds interesting. Well done with the selection over the years.
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    Ok, here's mine so far.

    Purple Ukraine
    Spindly plants that look ill - with limp long leaves. However the tomatoes are HUGE paste tomatoes, ready when they look brown-ish. They taste fantastic as long as they haven't gone over, in which case they are really mealy. Huge yields on each plant and the trusses need supporting.
    Health & Vigour 6/10
    Taste 9/10
    Will I grow next year? Yes, definitely

    Orange Banana
    Another tall and spindly plant, with large orange paste tomatoes which have green spots on their shoulders. Very nice fresh tasting tomato.
    Health & Vigour 7/10
    Taste 8/10
    Will I grow next year? Yes

    Black Cherry
    Lovely tomatoes, with a really deep tomato flavour. Mine are intent on growing sideshoots and have split into many vines. Those have nearly all hit the roof of the greenhouse. Yield is pretty good, though better on one plant on the west of the greenhouse than the one on the east.
    Health & Vigour 8/10
    Taste 9/10
    Will I grow next year? Yes

    Ildi
    Massive trusses on a fairly sturdy plant. The trusses don't need supporting indoors though. Am not sure the flavour is all that, but you definitely get a lot of tomatoes from one plant.
    Health & Vigour 8/10
    Taste 7/10
    Will I grow next year? Yes, but in a corner at the back.

    Katya
    Beefsteak pink tomatoes. They are a nice size, slice well and don't have many seeds. The tomatoes are a bit bland though, I like more bite. The plants are also keen on multiplying and I have a 2-stemmed cordon.
    Health & Vigour 8/10
    Taste 6-7/10
    Will I grow next year? Probably not.

    Blush
    It's not the strongest of growers, indoors or out. But the tomatoes are beautiful to look at and you get 7-10 per truss. Elongated yellow plum, with streaks of red. They taste lovely.
    Health & Vigour 7/10
    Taste 9/10
    Will I grow next year? Yes.

    Sandpoint
    Ultra early bush tomato that I stupidly thought was a cordon so I have small plants with not many fruit. Doing well inside and out. Small tomatoes, but the whole plant ripens almost at once. The tomatoes aren't good keepers but taste good.
    Health & Vigour 6/10
    Taste 8/10
    Will I grow next year? Maybe, just for early tomatoes.

    Red Zebra
    I LOVE these. Beautiful colours on the tomatoes. I like them a little underripe just for the extra zing to them. There are about 8 tomatoes to a truss and they are a large salad size.
    Health & Vigour 8/10
    Taste 9/10
    Will I grow next year? Hell yes!

    Rainbow F1
    Large plant, slightly obsessed with developing sideshoots. Nice trusses of 12-ish baby plum fruits with a pinkish red rather than pillar-box. Nice flavour, but doesn't knock your socks off.
    Health & Vigour 9/10
    Taste 7/10
    Will I grow next year? No - mainly because I try not to grow many F1s.

    Gardener's Delight
    I didn't think I'd like this, but I really do. Plants are now 7ft high in the greenhouse and showing no sign of stopping. Large trusses, large cherry fruit, am saving seeds from this.
    Health & Vigour 8/10
    Taste 8/10
    Will I grow next year? Maybe

    Sweet Million F1
    Huge trusses on this, with large cherry tomatoes which are nicely balanced in flavour. When I grew these last year, they and the Black Cherry were the last to get blight.
    Health & Vigour 8/10
    Taste 9/10
    Will I grow next year? Yes

    Dancing with Smurfs
    I have one inside and one out. Both very sturdy plants with curly leaves and trusses of 7-11 fruits. Tastes nicel.
    Health & Vigour 9/10
    Taste 6/10
    Will I grow next year? Maybe, just for the colour.

    Crimson Crush
    I got 2 free plants from an offer through another forum. One is a good size plant, the other is rubbish. Both set trusses with few fruits and of variable size, though they taste good. The variety in size makes me think it might not yet be stable as a cross - some are beefsteak in girth...
    Health & Vigour 6/10
    Taste 8/10
    Will I grow next year? Yes, if the sideshoots live.

    100s&1000s
    This is my only tumbler and I love the tiny, intense, acidy tomatoes. It needs a bit of cossetting to grow massive and I haven't managed to get that right this year, but it's still chucking out lots of tomatoes
    Health & Vigour 7/10
    Taste 9/10
    Will I grow next year? Yes

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    Excellent thread
    I am growing marmande, Tamia indigo and on ther one that I can't quit remember (Ocado) I think. Only had ripe fruit of the marmande so far. Will post when can do a taste test
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