Kitchen Gardening

This New Tomato Variety is Pretty and Tasty

Days to Spring: 7

Photo courtesy of W. Atlee Burpee Company

Usually you get one of two things in a tomato: It tastes good or it’s good for making sauce. It’s hard to find tomatoes that are delicious for snacking on straight out of the garden, and are excellent for forming the base of Grandma’s famous red sauce.

‘Shimmer’ tomato is supposed to do both, according to Burpee, the company that introduced this new variety for spring of 2018. Described as larger than a cherry, but smaller than a classic Roma variety, ‘Shimmer’ has distinctive red skin that is stripped with greenish-grey markings. The green stripes eventually fade to gold, which is when it’s time to harvest. We say that if this tomato lives up to half of it’s claims, it’ll still be a worthy addition to the veggie patch.


Here are some other stats:

Type: Indeterminate

Days to maturity: 60-70

Yield: 300-350 fruits





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See the whole list.


Countdown to Spring:

Check back tomorrow for Fine Gardening’s Countdown to Spring to find out what tools, plants, books – and more! – we are excited about this season. And join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest – tell us what you are excited about this spring, too!

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