Dear Juliet

Dear Juliet,

“One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun Ne’er saw her match since first the world begun.”

“… Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be…”  Next Spring!

Yours truly,

This is my tribute to ‘Juliet’ the absolute darling of my tomato plants this year. ‘Juliet’ is known as a “mini Roma”, “grape” or even “cherry” tomato and is a high yield producer.

The fruit from ‘Juliet’ is beautiful in color, flavor and versatility. In particular, I found ‘Juliet’ to be quite agreeable to keeping fruit on the vine for a very long time without cracking. This is extremely helpful when wrestling with the onset of homegrown ripe tomatoes.  Also, if you live in an area where Summer or Fall rains may impact your harvest.

My favorite things about ‘Juliet’ are first the sweet, vibrant flavor. Next, the size of the fruit… small enough for fresh salads but large enough for roasting. This versatility allows you to pop them in your mouth as a flavor-filled snack yet using them in cooking such as a marinara sauce is perfectly acceptable because the water and seed content is not overwhelmingly high.

And did I already mention the tremendous flavor?

Juliet is indeterminate so she makes a statement in the garden:  growing and growing and growing.  About a 5′ tall by 4′ around statement in my raised bed this year. 

‘Juliet’ will always have a place in my garden and if you haven’t found a tomato ‘love’ give ‘Juliet’ a try.  I promise you won’t be sorry.

It grows well in many climates…San Francisco garden gal Karen has also had amazing success with ‘Juliet’ and San Fran coastal summers are quite different from Intermountain West summers. I think ‘Juliet’ is a true standout.

Sadly, as the night-time lows hit the freezing zone last night my time with ‘Juliet’ is over…until next year!

How about you? Do you have a favorite, stand-out tomato that you grow every year? Have you grown ‘Juliet’ before?


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