Tomato Taste Test 2014, Beaverlodge Plum

July 9, 2014 Beaverlodge Plum.

 

First Beverlodge Plum Tomato.

First Beverlodge Plum Tomato for 2014. #3 after #1 Gold Nugget (yellow cherry) and #2 Stupice.

Seduced by the short growing season listed in the catalogue description, we have included Beaverlodge Plum tomatoes at the Toy Box for the last five or so seasons. Even so, I’ve never really eaten one raw before.

Beaverlodge grows on a small plant that seems like a good choice for growing in a pot but this small tomato apparently has big feet. A tight growing area means a skimpy plant with few tomatoes. Give the seedling a larger garden with rich soil and she will overwhelm you

This one is small, they get much larger with rich soil.

This one is small, they get much larger with rich soil.

with fruit (a very rare tomato event in Everett, WA).

During the 2013 season I had one extra plant that I put in the new front garden and forgot about it. She stayed low to the ground but spread nearly 4 feet in diameter. The fruit was bright red and at least twice the size as the fruit in this picture. Ray and I picked baskets and baskets of fruit from that one plant. Most of those tomatoes went right into the freezer. During Christmas break we cooked them into sauce. I would not be stretching the truth to say that nearly 80% of the tomatoes in our Wolf Moon tomato sauce was from Beverlodge tomatoes from that one plant.

The inner butterfly.

The inner butterfly.

This season (2014) I put two beverlodge seedlings in with my vine tomatoes. They tell me that the soil in their box is not as nice as it should be. Even though there are abundant fruit for the size of the plant, the plant itself is not growing like the plant from last season.

One last thing you should know about Beverlodge. When the tag says 55 days, it means 55 warm days. Beaverlodge just limps along if the weather is chill. She really does not benefit from an early planting date.

Catalogue Description 55 days. Beaverlodge Series
We were so impressed by everything about these tomatoes at our trials, that we saved the seed and spent a few seasons building our inventory in order to share it with you. Not only were they two of the earliest maturing varieties, but the plants were so loaded with tomatoes that there seemed to be more fruit than leaves! What’s more, these extremely compact, determinate plants tend to creep rather than grow tall and would be perfect in a hanging basket or patio container. Did we mention how rich and balanced the flavor is, especially for an early type? Truly a great combination of earliness, size, productivity, and quality. Bred at the Beaverlodge Research Center in Alberta Canada. (2 1/2 inch long, plum shaped fruit)

I. Eye Appeal

  • Color: Generally bright red
  • Size: up to 3 ounces
  • Shape: Oval or egg shaped
  • Inside: Two small seed cavities around a butterfly shaped core.

II Tasting

  • Fresh off the vine: Slightly on the acid side. Quite refreshing on a hot day.
  • Sliced and lightly salted: It was OK salted but not as refreshing.
  • Texture: Nothing stood out. Very much like a typical grocery store salad tomato.

Cooking thoughts

We have used Beaverlodge Plum tomato for pasta sauce, chili and Tomato Soup. The finished dish was always wonderful. It seems wetter then I would expect for a sauce tomato. Maybe because the gel pac runs from end to end? This does not affect the taste, only the cooking time for a thicker sauce.

Will Deb grow this one again?

Being the third ripe tomato in Everett, WA is a big deal. The better tasting tomatoes will come ripe closer to September but Beaverlodge Plum scratches the itch in July….. Yes, I’ll grow this again.

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