Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tomato Patch: A Solid Gold investment

 


Solid Gold tomatoes hang in long clusters
The price of gold may have been less than solid on the commodities markets in recent months, but my purchase of a packet of Solid Gold Hybrid seeds from Tomato Growers Supply Co. turned out to be an excellent investment.

I was attracted to Solid Gold because I wanted both a change of pace from the Sweet 100 and Sungold cherry varieties I’d grown in recent years and also a variety that wouldn’t crack after every shower or rain, as Sweet 100 and Sungold usually do.

The Tomato Growers Supply Co. catalog description of Solid Gold seemed just what I was searching for: “Clusters of one-inch long, golden yellow grape tomatoes appear in great numbers through an impressively long-growing season.  This plant just seems never to give up!  In our trials, it was the first tomato to ripen and the last one to stop producing.  The tomatoes are very crack-resistant and once harvested have a long shelf life while retaining their delicious, sweet taste.”

That description turned into reality in the Tomato Patch.  I’ve been amazed at the many cascading clusters—most with 16 to 22 tomatoes—growing from the vigorous plants.  The first tomato I picked this season was a Solid Gold, and they joined Juliets in the last colander of small tomatoes I picked before frost ended Tomato Patch 2013.  Solid Gold did not crack early in season, but about 50% of the fruit did in the last month or so.  Shelf-life seems eternal—well, almost—with Solid Gold fruits sitting on our kitchen counter for days sometimes without wrinkling or showing any signs of collapse.  When fully ripe, Solid Gold is both sweet and tomatoey, but not candy-sweet like the smaller Sweet 100 and Sungold cherry varieties.

Bottom line:  Solid Gold is a fine variety definitely worth a repeat next summer.  It is my current favorite “snacker.”  For Tomato Patch 2014 I’ll have to decide whether to plant Solid Gold again or return to the super-sweet Sungold.

Solid Gold: Solid and semi-sweet snacker

4 comments:

  1. Bob was kind enough to give me a Solid Gold transplant as part of the tomato exchange we engage in every year. I agree with everything Bob said. However, I prefer Sungold (for its sweetness) over Solid Gold for a snacker, cracks and all.

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  2. I plan to try it next season. Thank God there is always next season! Perhaps, you could provide in your blog five top choices for us to plant next year. Thanks for sharing your experience

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  3. I grow both Solid Gold and Sun Gold. One plant of each is more than sufficient. It was my first year for Solid Gold also and, like you, I loved it. It was extremely prolific and reliable; it was the first tomato I picked and the last tomato I picked. I plan to grow both again next year to mix up the colors in my salad....they go so well with Juliet, but taste even better.

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  4. Wow, that is a very nice variety of tomatoes. Thank you so much for sharing this. Now, I need to grab some seeds of those Solid gold tomatoes and I think I will also grow a Sun Gold tomatoes. I am so excited! -www.exeterresource.com

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