5 favorite tomato varieties for your garden
The Tomato Man's Daughter offers her picks for the home gardener, from the perfect cherry tomato to an excellent BLT topper.
Black cherry tomato
If you’ve bought Lisa Merrell’s tomato plants, you’re likely a fan. Merrell’s business, the Tomato Man’s Daughter, sells heirloom tomato and pepper plants through her farm, 2515 W. 91st St., and at herb festivals in the spring.
This year, Merrell’s plants also will be available at Grogg’s Green Barn, 10105 E. 61st St. You can find 23 varieties of tomatoes; 20 varieties of hot, sweet and bell peppers; and a handful of her companion plants there through the end of April.
Favorite plants from The Tomato Man’s Daughter:
1. Cherokee Purple
This might be the most popular heirloom variety in the country. And, Merrell’s particular variety is grown from seeds using plants grown in Oklahoma for more than 20 years, making it acclimated to Oklahoma’s growing conditions.
This one is considered a great slicer. It’s just right for topping burgers or BLTs.
3. Pink Berkeley Tie-dye
The rosy color of the Berkeley has a surprise inside — a swirl of green, red and yellow.
4. Black Cherry
This is the cherry tomato Merrell plants in her own garden every season. The plants are loaded with round cherry tomatoes with a complex, sweet flavor.
5. Break O’ Day
Expect a lot of production with this plant. The 4- to 6-ounce tomatoes are juicy and tangy. This heirloom was introduced in 1931 and is considered a workhorse for its dependability. The skin has a pretty sparkle in the sunlight.