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Selecting a Tomato for Canning

For those of you who garden and can food, what variety of tomato is best for canning? I am looking for a tomato that has a big yield, great flavor, and isn't too watery. Ideally, it would be a paste tomato with great taste, if there is such a thing. I have been growing heirlooms, and love them but, as you know, they don't have the best yield.


By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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January 11, 20110 found this helpful

I believe Roma is the tomatoe you're looking for. Meaty, prolific, cans well, preferred for sauces.

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January 12, 20110 found this helpful

I second the Roma suggestion. They are small and flavorful and grew well for me last year. I hear them suggested all the time for uses like this.

Can't wait for tomato season! Yum!

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January 13, 20110 found this helpful

I like Roma, and Amish paste. My neighbor grows a paste tomato that is just as good as these, but has much superior flavor. But she saves her seeds and grows her own plants, and all she can remember about these is that they are Polish.


I'm thinking of trying Opalkas since they have a reputation for really good flavor. What I'd really love is a yellow paste tomato. I think the sauces made from these would be beautiful. Thank you for your recommendation. Have you tried Opalka tomatoes?

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