Tomato in Versailles
My french friends
I had the most wonderful tomato in my life back in mid-July at marche notre-dame farmers market in Versailles (right outside the chateau). Does anybody who shops there regularly which of these tomatoes they typically sell in July? I think it has to be one of these looking at the pictures on google images
Super Marmande, Marizol Red, bonny best, german johnson
Probably impossible to identify with any precision. The Marché Notre Dame does have some producers but it isn't necessarily a farmer's market. The tomatoes you tried could have come from France, Spain or Italy.
In mid-July locally produced "Marmande" or "Coeur de boeuf" seem to be widely available.
Having lived in SF and familiar with farmers' markets there, I do think that French tomatoes are somehow better but I do think it has more to do with soil, climate, fertilizer, etc than variety. I had my own tomato ecstasy moment in Turkey and was surprised that my object of lust turned out to be a Turkish version of "Marmande".
The heirloom tomatoes grown in France are different varieties. The most commonly seen at markets are:
- marmande (large, flattish, red)
- cœur de bœuf (heart-shaped)
- tomate ananas (red and yellow)
- rose de Berne (pale red, soft)
- corne des Andes (fleshy, pointy, elongated)
- Noire de Crimée (brownish black)
- Green Zebra (green, small and round)