2014 may have been our largest tomato tasting in the 14 years that Roger’s Gardens has been producing this popular summer event. By 9 AM tomato enthusiasts were lined up at both entrances, anxious to taste over 1,600 tomatoes and 80 varieties that graced the tasting tables this year. Steve Goto, as he has since our first event, supplied the majority of the fruit, but staff and even a few customers added tomatoes to the tables as well. We were thrilled to see nearly 400 attendees this year. Another tradition at this event is April Goto’s famous homemade tomato salsa.

Like fine wine, each guest carefully tasted the tomatoes, then cast their votes of their favorites. For the second year, well-known Roger’s Gardens edible expert David Rizzo, tasting with peppers from his own garden, plus a few extras. Almost twenty varieties, including some real hotties, like two different Habaneros, Scotch Bonnets and Ghost Peppers. Luckily, nobody needed the paramedics.

As usual, we have tabulated the results from the ballots that were cast at this year’s Tomato Tasting. Scroll to the bottom of this article to see the results.

Start planning now for your 2015 tomato season. And be sure to visit us again during ToMaToMania! next March, our largest gardening event of the year.

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Based on the ballot results, the top three tasting tomatoes were Black Cherry, Matt’s Wild Cherry and Big Rainbow.

Below are the full results:

TASTING BALLOT RESULTS

NameScore# Votes
1Black Cherry4.605
2Matt’s Wild Cherry4.5010
3Big Rainbow4.4010
4Purple Bumble Bee4.2711
5Sungold Cherry4.1712
6Red Zebra4.176
7Cherokee Purple4.138
8Blue Beauty4.0812
9Odoriko4.0520
10Lillian’s Heirloom Yellow4.0013
11Dr. Carolyn3.9314
12Cuban Yellow Grape3.899
13Stupice3.8312
14Berkeley Tie Dye3.7713
15Dr. Wychee3.7315
16Frogsleap3.7315
17Pineapple3.7315
18Japanese Pink Cherry3.6715
19Gold Medal3.6414
20Green Zebra Cherry3.638
21Hawaiian Pineapple3.6316
22Sunshine Bumble Bee3.5511
23Nebraska Wedding3.5413
24Southern Nights3.5315
25Cubanelle3.508
26Sweet Baby /girl3.5010
27Snow White Cherry3.4416
28Yellow Pear3.437
29Carbon3.4212
30Ackers West Virginia3.4010
31Kellogg’s Breakfast3.4015
32Sub Artic Maxi3.405
33Oxacan Jewel3.3918
34Solarflare3.3614
35Fantastic3.3113
36Glacier3.3113
37Mr. Stripey3.3113
38Marveled Stripe3.297
39Copia3.2512
40Red Grape3.229
41Dixie Golden Giant3.1916
42Homestead3.1811
43Black From Tula3.176
44Kumato3.1513
45Indigo Rose3.1414
46Rutgers3.1315
47Chica3.138
48Siletz3.119
49Pantano Romanesco3.0812
50Indigo Apple3.0715
51Big Boy3.0013
52Cherokee Chocolate3.0010
53German Giant3.0017
54Lost the Label3.006
55Porkchop3.0010
56Big Zebra2.9521
57Persimmon2.9212
58Jetsetter2.9111
59Legend2.9111
60Spot Yellow2.9111
61Green Grape2.8010
62Red Brandywine2.8010
63Siberia2.7713
64Steakhouse2.7315
65Super Sioux2.679
66Evergreen2.6414
67Andrew Rahart2.6213
68Brandywine2.1811
69White Beauty2.1010
70Momotaro2.009
71Tigerella1.8010
72Black ZebraN/A4
73Great WhiteN/A4
74Green CrushN/A3
75Mr. GreenN/A3
76Sweet CornercyN/A1
77Black KrimN/A0
78BlushN/A0
79ChocolateN/A0
80NyagousN/A0
81White WonderN/A0
“N/A” had too few tastes to be valid scores.