Black Prince: Very dark red to brown fruit with soft flesh. Sweet juicy flavour. One of our heritage varieties and is best grown indoors. 10 seeds per packet. £2.25. From W.Robinson&Son
I always like to grow a dark, standard to large tomato and Black Prince sounded suitably noble and mysterious to earn its place in this year’s line up.
Britain’s Breakfast: Lemon shaped fruit, red and very sweet. Standard habit and has a large spreading truss with many having over 60 fruit per truss. Fruit does not split when ripe. A unique variety. 30 seeds per packet. £2.10. From W.Robinson&Son
As this is a year of showcasing Britain’s Best – I cannot think of many things better than a Big Breakfast – and if this tomato, grilled is one component of a few lazy, summer morning fry-ups – or maybe tucked in between a couple of slices of fresh white loaf with some charry pork bangers – then it will something humble but royal to celebrate all the same.
Tomato ‘Berry’ F1: Cascading trusses of deliciously sweet, dark red “strawberry” shaped fruits. The small 15g fruits have outstanding flavour, ideal for adding to children’s lunchboxes, for salads and sandwiches or just pop in the mouth and enjoy! This early ripening cordon variety is best grown in the greenhouse, but will also grow in a sheltered, sunny spot outdoors. Height: 200cm (79″). Spread: 50cm (20″). 7 seeds per packet. £3.69. Thompson&Morgan
A variety that I think has only been around for a couple of years, so feels a bit more of a novelty than serious tomato. Although that may be to underestimate it. If it does have outstanding flavour – then the only lunchbox/mouth it will be going in is mine! Especially as I only got 2 seeds in the packet. They were tiny, so I carefully took the packet apart by the seams to see if any had lodged in the corners but nothing. One for customer services!