Did you know there are around 10,000 tomato varieties?!!!!
At Paris Barns, we have planted over 1500 delicious tomato plants!
The Iconic Tomato Tasting Bar $25
at Paris Barns!
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Surprise Visits from the Tomato Diva!
A Parisian Tomato Fest...tantalize your tastebuds...
Come to sample varieties of tomatoes at our epic Tomato Tasting Bar and explore
flavors like never before all grown with love and sunshine on the farm! You will be amazed...
Heirloom tomatoes are becoming increasingly popular, particularly among home gardeners and organic producers, since they tend
to produce more interesting and flavorful crops at the cost of disease resistance and productivity.
Tomato varieties are roughly divided into several categories, based mostly on shape and size.
- "Slicing" or "globe" tomatoes are the usual tomatoes of commerce, used for a wide variety of
processing and fresh eating.
- Beefsteak tomatoes are large tomatoes often used for sandwiches and similar applications. Their kidney-bean shape, thinner
skin, and shorter shelf life makes commercial use impractical.
- Oxheart tomatoes can range in
size up to beefsteaks, and are shaped like large strawberries.
- Plum tomatoes, or paste tomatoes (including pear tomatoes), are bred with a higher solids content for use in tomato sauce and paste, and are usually oblong.
- Pear tomatoes are obviously pear-shaped, and are based
upon the San Marzano types for a richer gourmet paste.
- Cherry tomatoes are small and round, often sweet tomatoes generally eaten whole in salads.
- Grape tomatoes, a more recent introduction, are smaller and oblong, a variation on plum tomatoes, and used in salads.
- Campari tomatoes are also sweet and noted for their juiciness, low acidity, and lack of mealiness. They are bigger than cherry
tomatoes, but are smaller than plum tomatoes.
Early tomatoes and cool-summer tomatoes bear
fruit even where nights are cool, which usually discourages fruit set. There are also varieties high in beta carotenes and
vitamin A, hollow tomatoes and tomatoes that keep for months in storage.
Tomatoes are also commonly
classified as determinate or indeterminate. Determinate, or bush, types bear a full crop all at once and top off at a specific height; they are often
good choices for container growing. Determinate types are preferred by commercial growers who wish to harvest a whole field
at one time, or home growers interested in canning. Indeterminate varieties develop into vines that never top off and continue
producing until killed by frost. They are preferred by home growers and local-market farmers who want ripe fruit throughout
the season. As an intermediate form, there are plants sometimes known as vigorous determinate or semideterminate; these top
off like determinates, but produce a second crop after the initial crop. The majority of heirloom tomatoes are indeterminate,
although some determinate heirlooms exist.