Perhaps my favorite paste tomato
, this cultivar has everything going for it: good disease tolerance, early--to midseason ripening, a prolific nature, great flavor for any use, and a distinctive pattern of rich red with vertical gold stripes.
A classic Italian paste tomato
, it makes rich sauces but is also good in salads.
Her list of favorites includes Red Brandywine, a high-yielding, well-loved heirloom that's richly flavorful, and Juliet, a hybrid red paste tomato
with delicious flavor and great disease resistance.
We have artfully turned the driveway behind the fence into raised beds, where we grow 30 Amish Paste Tomato
plants (from our own seed), cucumbers, potatoes, two Bush Lake bean crops each year, peppers, radishes, strawberries, and more tomatoes in an area that is only around a double bed of 5' x 25'.
LIKE MANY PEOPLE, I used to think that a paste tomato
and a Roma tomato were one in the same.
These two which had to come from seeds from the hybrids from the year before also produced well though they were taller than the hybrids and shaped like the Amish paste tomato
with a point on the bottom.
We've had good luck with the slicer type 'Black Krim', cherry types including 'Sun Gold' and 'Sweet Million', and the bush-type 'Rome' paste tomato
Bred and refined in Illinois, the 'Striped Roman' paste tomato
is also developing a following in the Heartland.
'Roma' is the classic paste tomato
, but in the tastings we attended, full-flavored 'San Marzano' and sweet 'Viva Italia' came out ahead.
'Orange Banana' (85 days) ranks highest for flavor among orange and gold paste tomatoes
at Fedco Seeds in Maine, where dozens of paste tomato
varieties are evaluated after they're stewed with a little garlic and olive oil.
In addition to a rich, full-bodied summer-tomato flavor, 'Amish Paste' is an all around tomato, fleshy enough to be used as a paste tomato
, tender enough for a salad slicer, yet juicy enough for nice, thick tomato juice.
Reminiscent of paste tomatoes
because of their shape, they have distinctly tapered bottoms and are often referred to as julienne tomatoes.