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What is the Best Cherry Tomato to Grow for Snacking?

By: Jessie Keith

Cherry tomato ‘Sunrise Bumblebee’

“I’m looking for a good cherry tomato or currant tomato snack for my men at work to grow at the warehouse. I like indeterminate, sweet, hardy, and easy to harvest.” Question from James of Clearwater, Florida

Answer: You’ve asked the right person! I’ve grown more different kinds of cherry tomatoes than I can count in the quest to find the best. The old-fashioned person in me always sticks with the classic, indeterminate, orange-fruited ‘Sun Gold’ for consistently good production and high flavor, but I’ve adopted some others in recent years that I grow alongside my ‘Sun Gold‘. These are the orange ‘Sun Sugar‘ (a little sweeter but less complex) and the truly beautiful, tart and delicious, red-striped, gold ‘Sunrise Bumblebee‘ (photo above). For reds, ‘Favorita‘, and ‘Apero‘ have high, high yields and great, super sweet flavor.

Several years ago, I wrote a piece about my favorite cherries for flavor. There are a few that I’ve grown since to add to the list, but the tomatoes in the piece are all super sweet and flavorful: My Top 10 Best-Tasting Cherry Tomatoes.

Still, if I were to whittle it down to one, I’d choose ‘Sun Gold’. (I am not alone. It was won numerous taste tests and produces non-stop.)

I hope that this helps! I also recommend you read the article Growing Tomatoes from Seed to Harvest.

Happy cherry tomato growing!

Jessie Keith

Black Gold Horticulturist

 

 

Follow up from Jim of Clearwater, Florida:

“Thanks for the answer on the best cherry tomatoes. I forgot to include one important item which is our tropical weather exceeding 90 degrees in summer. Are any of your favorites good to keep producing through our brutal summers?”

Answer: ‘Sun Gold’ and ‘Super Sweet 100’ are two excellent varieties recommended in a University of Florida Extension article about tomatoes cherry for warmer regions. I am telling you! ‘Sun Gold’ is near perfect.

Enjoy your cherry tomatoes!

Jessie

 

About Jessie Keith


Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.

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