|Black Krim heirloom tomatoes|
Both Black Krim and the Brandywines (of which there are several strains) are notable heirloom tomatoes, and both have won many accolades, but which was the best? This summer I was on a quest to grow these tomatoes that I had heard so much about - and determine once and for all which was truly the top tasting tomato.
So which one won?
Which tomato was the best tasting,
the cream of the crop,
the king of the garden,
all that and a bag of chips?
I don't know.
The *$&^! chipmunks ate every single one of the Brandywines.
I managed to save some Black Krims and other types of tomatoes that I had in the greenhouse by putting up a screen door to keep the chipmunks out, but every. single. tomato that grew outside in the vegetable garden was a goner, which included every Brandywine I had.
Likely thanks to the drought, the chipmunks went wild in the garden this year, even gobbling up all of my kids' favorite ground cherries while they were still green. (Aren't ground cherries supposed to be somewhat toxic until totally ripe?) I tried putting pepper spray on the tomatoes and ground cherries, but either I couldn't keep up or my chipmunks have developed a liking for spicy food.
|a chipmunk in what he thinks is his own personal ground cherry patch|
I did eat some of the treasured Black Krims, and yes, they were amazingly delicious. But can I say they are the absolute best tomato of all?
It looks like I will be on the quest yet again next summer to determine the answer to that question.
And here I thought squirrels were the worst.
Anyone else have a favorite type of tomato?
And maybe a really great recipe for chipmunk repellant?