Gardening Articles: Edibles :: Vegetables
'Chef's Choice Orange' Tomato
by Susan Littlefield
Many gardeners value heirloom tomato varieties for their delicious flavor, even though they may lack the desirable characteristics of more modern hybrids such as disease resistance. Now you can get the best of both worlds with 'Chef's Choice Orange' tomato, a 2014 All-America Selections National Vegetable Award Winner.
Bred from the popular heirloom variety 'Amana Orange', which matures late in the season, this new hybrid beefsteak-type tomato delivers the wonderful flavor of an orange heirloom but matures in just 75 days from transplant. It is also resistant to cracking, TMV, and anthracnose. Fruits average about 12 ounces but can weigh as much as a pound. The five-foot tall plants are indeterminate and require support. The leaves cover the fruits well to protect them from sunburn.
'Chefs Choice Orange' is bright orange inside and out, with a superior taste and texture for an early maturing orange tomato. It's excellent for soups and sauces because its intense color does not fade or discolor when cooked.
All-America Selections are new seed varieties that have proven their superior garden performance in trial grounds across North America, as judged by independent experts in impartial trials.
For more about 'Chef's Choice Orange' tomato, go to AAS.