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I don't eat sugar at all, but my favorite way to eat the tomatoes is simply "caprese"- tomatoes, with a bit of basil, some fresh mozzarella, and a drizzle of olive oil. I eat that by the bushel, I swear!
I have a friend who is allergic to sugar. Fructose, actually, so he can drink beer.
Anyway, he cannot eat tomatoes, ever. Not sauce either. My point is, tomato is a fruit and full of sugars.

BTW, I love a caprese salad (it's my choice when available). I eat tomatoes with salt usually at home. I buy these "vine ripe" tomatoes... in my judgement they are the sweetest for eating raw.

My kids are nuts about slicing tomatoes with Nature's Seasoning on them. They do that with cukes too (with soy sauce). It's been their after-school snack as long as I can remember.
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I buy these "vine ripe" tomatoes... in my judgement they are the sweetest for eating raw.
Have you ever tried a variety called black krim..... color is red on one half and almost chocolate on the other and are as sweet as most cherry tomatoes..... pick em wipe em off and dig in
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I have a friend who is allergic to sugar. Fructose, actually, so he can drink beer.
Anyway, he cannot eat tomatoes, ever. Not sauce either. My point is, tomato is a fruit and full of sugars.
Well, yes, fruits have sugars. I only eat a few fruits, but I should have said "I eat no refined sugar, honey, molasses, or other sources of sugar except that which is in a few berries and in tomatoes" but that is sort of cumbersome!

I don't eat fruit, except for a few berries. I haven't had a banana in 5 years. I do eat tomatoes.

I only eat tomatoes in August/September, so I'm pretty sure it's not too much fructose in my life overall! Still, I always eat fat (olive oil in this case) any time I eat fruit to mitigate the sugar load.

Anyway- I love tomatoes! I'd like to grow heirloom varieties, if we could some that had a short growing season to take advantage of the great flavor they have.
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Have you ever tried a variety called black krim..... color is red on one half and almost chocolate on the other and are as sweet as most cherry tomatoes..... pick em wipe em off and dig in
Nope, never heard of them. I get tomatoes from the grocery, so if that is some rare cultivar then I probably won't run into them.

My brother (In central California) buys his veggies from a farmer's market. I've got to start doing that. Man the stuff he gets there is fantastic.
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I usually don't grow any Heirlooms as I prefer indefinates for our climate, I did plant one Arkansas Pink variety per my grandpa's wishes. I grew Solar Fires for the first time this year, (they are actually a definate), I planted my Big Boys and Romas as normal, and couple Arkansas Travelers. I got about 30 jars of salsa, along with 5 or 6 jars of canned tomatoes.

I like my fresh tomatoes simple, I just slice them and eat, maybe salt and black pepper maybe not. When my basil plant is doing good I might go the cheese route. BLTs are good but these days I have to watch my girlish figure.

Those Sungolds will make the BEST salsa ever, just slice the little buggers in half and weigh them out as normal.

I don't really like sugar either, didn't even care for it much as a kid. I won't drink anything sweet such as soft drinks, except on rare occasion. I can't stand coffee or iced tea with sugar. I'll eat certain desserts around the holidays, I guess I don't hate sugar, just don't care for it much.

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Nope, never heard of them. I get tomatoes from the grocery, so if that is some rare cultivar then I probably won't run into them.

My brother (In central California) buys his veggies from a farmer's market. I've got to start doing that. Man the stuff he gets there is fantastic.
I've never seen the tomatoes sold anywhere but I did find seeds and tried them last year out of curiosity and this year because they were so damn good last year
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My fav is Beefsteak, I just eat them like an apple, but they're great just sliced & on a plate or better yet, on a burger or a BLT. We've got several other varieties, but I can't remember what they are at the moment. My gf is the tomato grower. She also makes this sweet, green tomato relish that is just out of this world. It's got a lot of sugar in it, but this year she's cut the sugar in half & it's even better; I could eat it out of the jar with a spoon.
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Anyway- I love tomatoes! I'd like to grow heirloom varieties, if we could some that had a short growing season to take advantage of the great flavor they have.
Sub-arctic plenty tomato would do good where you are
http://www.rareseeds.com/sub-arctic-...rlds-earliest/
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Sub-arctic plenty tomato would do good where you are
http://www.rareseeds.com/sub-arctic-...rlds-earliest/
We have grown those- not with great results, though. The turned out "ok", but not with great flavor. We tend to grow indeterminates, and find that 65 days for maturity type of varieties do well for us.

I just canned up the last of the marinara sauce from this year's garden.
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We have grown those- not with great results, though. The turned out "ok", but not with great flavor. We tend to grow indeterminates, and find that 65 days for maturity type of varieties do well for us.

I just canned up the last of the marinara sauce from this year's garden.
There's that word...determinates....not definates.
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