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Sunday, July 20, 2014

'German Johnson' Tomato

I believe 'German Johnson' is one of the finest heirloom tomatoes you can grow in your garden.

It has a pinkish skin, pinker than this picture shows, and the classic dimples one generally finds on most of the larger, beefier tomatoes.

The vines are indeterminate and should continue to grow and set fruit all the way until the first frost knocks them down.

The fruit of 'German Johnson' is very meaty and the taste is as good as you can imagine.
Many of the 'German Johnson' tomatoes are so big, one slice will cover an entire piece of bread, corner to corner, side to side.  Perfect for a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.

I've been growing 'German Johnson' tomatoes for several years now. They remind me of my grandmother, whose maiden name was Johnson, and my grandfather, who was of German descent.  When I see those big, meaty tomatoes, I remember our summertime weekend visits to their house. We would usually arrived in time for lunch which always included a big plate of sliced tomatoes.

I put a lot of pressure on my tomato varieties. I like them to have meaning for me, and to provide me with the best tomatoes you can grow.  'German Johnson' delivers on both counts. 

It's a repeater. I'll grow it every year.


7 comments:

Layanee said...

Hmmmm, does this mean you are making lunch? What time?

Yang Saya Suka said...

They look so tasty..

Helen Malandrakis said...

Looks very yummy!

ginnytalbert said...

I'm trying heirloom "German Queen" this summer. Hope it's a close relative of German Johnson - looks very similar. I don't have any ripe ones yet. I'll have to look for German Johnson next growing season

aussiebybirth said...

Well you just added one more tomato to my bucket list, MDG. On another note I just completed my Mr. Linky image to be part of GBBD. Thanks for hosting.
Patrick

aussiebybirth said...

Well you just added one more tomato to my bucket list, MDG. On another note I just completed my Mr. Linky image to be part of GBBD. Thanks for hosting.
Patrick

christine maciel said...

It's good to have your input on German Johnson tomato. I grow this one too and yes, it is a very good tomato, has what I call, real 'tomato-ee' flavor.

I am still growing Sun Gold cherry tomato but last year I got very few tomatoes and this year it is not doing so well either. The plants are generally very vigorous and put out a lot of tomatoes in grape-like clusters but seem slow this year. The Black Cherries are doing very well; another delicious cherry tomato.

Would love to hear more about everybody's tomato experiences.

This is where we find the good stuff.

Thanks!