Best Home Garden Tomato: Gold Medal

Hefty Gold Medal tomatoes

Gold Medal tomato seed has sold in this country for 2 centuries.
Gold Medal tomato seed has sold in this country for 2 centuries. | Source

Mild, sweet, meaty Gold Medal

Gold Medal's big indeterminate vines and heavy fruit needs sturdy staking or cages. Expect 1 to 2 pound beefsteak type tomatoes. Regular leaf plants, are vigorous and need consistent water to produce big tomatoes.

Slice any two of these tomatoes, one will be mostly yellow while the other is heavily streaked with red radiating from the blossom end. Every tomato is slightly different when sliced.

These smooth surfaced tomatoes have firm flesh that is sweet and mild. Fans love the juicy, low acid taste.

Introduced as Ruby Gold in 1921. The legendary seed collector Ben Quisenberry renamed it Gold Medal and listed it in his 1976 catalog. He wrote “The sweetest tomato you ever tasted. The yellow with streaks of red makes them very attractive and a gourmet’s joy when sliced.”

Today's Harvest: six,1 to 2 pound Gold Medal tomatoes

Gorgeous Gold Medal tomatoes are solid and sweet, good for fresh eating or canning.
Gorgeous Gold Medal tomatoes are solid and sweet, good for fresh eating or canning. | Source

Why grow yellow?

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The BLT goes gold

Sun warmed tomatoes make the best BLTs. Gold Medal also makes excellent roasted tomato jam.
Sun warmed tomatoes make the best BLTs. Gold Medal also makes excellent roasted tomato jam. | Source

Making Salsa?

If your salsa recipe includes sugar, taste this salsa before you add sugar. These yellow tomatoes taste sweeter and less acidic.

Choose golden tomatoes

Yellow cherry size
full size yellow
bicolor w/ yellow
Yellow Pear
Yellow Brandywine
COPIA
Sun Gold
Kellogg's Breakfast
Green zebra
Snow White Heirloom
Dr. Wyche's Yellow
Hillbilly
Find yellow plum or sausage tomatoes, egg or lemon shaped tomatoes are now harder to find than red tomatoes. However, the first tomatoes discovered in South America were yellow, not red.

Tomatoes and Companion Planting

Great Garden Companions: A Companion-Planting System for a Beautiful, Chemical-Free Vegetable Garden
Great Garden Companions: A Companion-Planting System for a Beautiful, Chemical-Free Vegetable Garden

One of my favorite garden books. I refer to it every spring when planning the garden.

 

Copia

Best tomatoes from seed: Copia heirloom
Best tomatoes from seed: Copia heirloom | Source

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Patsybell 17 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Thank you for your kind words. I grow yellow tomatoes every year. I love the variety, beautiful on the plate.


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Kristen Howe 17 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Patsy, those are some yellow tomatoes. I would love to try one someday and add it to salads. This was so useful and helpful to know how to grow them. Voted up!


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Patsybell 19 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

poetryman6969, mustard you say? Careful, my friend. You can't just say that out loud in certain parts of the country. There are those mayo fans that would have you sauced, pasted and crushed for suggesting such a thing. Although, I have at least four different kinds of mustard in the fridge and any kind of condiment would be fine with bacon, lettuce and tomato right now.


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Patsybell 19 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Absolutely. You have great ideas. Just plain white distilled vinegar is rather harsh. I am not a fan. White wine vinegar or cider vinegar are best for mint.


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Jackie Lynnley 19 months ago from The Beautiful South

Thanks Patsy; do you use the apple cider vinegar for the mint. I only saw recipes for white vinegar and mint; I wondered why but whatever is best? Can I use the cider vinegar and just put the mint in it like I did the herbs, not heating the vinegar like they called for in the white?


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poetryman6969 19 months ago

I could go for a BLT about now! With some mustard I think.


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Patsybell 19 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Jackie Lynnley, YES! Remember, a little mint goes a long ways. You can make mint vinegar now (I'm make chive vinegar now.) and as other plants come into abundance, add more herbs to that same mint vinegar. Try the mint vinegars (probably diluted with water) over your fresh cucumber slices.


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Jackie Lynnley 19 months ago from The Beautiful South

Hi Patsy; rather than email you thought Id just come here to ask. I made lots of vinegars with herbs last fall and they were so good. I have so much mint now I was wondering if I can make mint vinegar and would that be good? Thank you!


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Patsybell 20 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

I have tiny tomato seed under grow lights. It seems like a long time till that first ripe tomato. Not all yellow tomatoes are less acid. Thank you for your kind words. Happy Gardening.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 20 months ago

We LOVE yellow tomatoes and like that they have less acid. You must grown loads of varieties of tomatoes Patsybell! Your hub has me dreaming of summer and we woke up to snow flurries this morning. Nice hub!


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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Shyron E Shenko, raised beds could solve the too wet problem. Heavy mulch could help with the dry weather problem. Also consider poking a couple of tiny wholes in the bottom of a plastic bottle (soft drink 2 ltr, or gallon milk jug) set it beside the tomato plant. Fill with water and let it slowly leak out. It may take a couple of tries or more holes to get the slow drip the way you want it. Good luck. Thanks for your comments.


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Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago

Hello Patsybell, I love the taste of these tomatoes more than any other I also like the Tommy Toes that John speaks of, unfortunately my garden could not handle the heat of last year, it was the longest, hottest and driest we have had in all the time we have lived here. Now this year is so wet it is muddy.

Voted up, UABI and shared

Blessings and Hugs


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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Please go to my profile and send me an email with your address.


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MsDora 21 months ago from The Caribbean

Patsy, I don't know if this tomato is available here, but you will have me looking for it. Thanks for sharing your very valuable knowledge on plants and foods.


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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Peggy W, I've ordered Gold Medal seed from Nichols Garden Nursery and Baker Creek. What could look more beautiful than a plate of these sliced tomatoes?


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Peggy W 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

There is nothing better than a home grown tomato fresh from the garden. I am amazed at how large that Gold Medal tomato gets! Good information in your hubs about gardening. Will pin this to my gardening board. Thanks!


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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Jackie Lynnley , how I wish we could have a hubbers garden tour. I would dearly love to see yours. Thanks for the memories!


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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

rebeccamealey There is plenty of time to order seed or heirloom plants online. There are many more choices. How many plants do you grow every year? I'll probably grow 10 or 12.


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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

annart, Thank you for you kind words. I love hub readers like you. Please ask, if you have and garden questions.


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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Faith Reaper, you may not find them locally unless an heirloom or market gardener is near by. These old faithful heirlooms are easier to find on line and as seed. Thanks for reading my hub, I always look forward to your comments and sharing.


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Jackie Lynnley 21 months ago from The Beautiful South

I have been working on my garden spot all winter and I just know it is going to be a great summer for tomatoes and I love the yellow ones! I love remembering as a kid going into my parents garden with a saltshaker! Those were good tomatoes!


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rebeccamealey 21 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This really makes me hunger for spring.tomatoes are so much fun grow.


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annart 21 months ago from SW England

I inherited my greenhouse when I bought the house so I know nothing about selecting one! I didn't vote on the yellow tomatoes because I've never tasted them.

I nearly always vote on hubs, which I've done on yours, but rarely say so. I prefer to just leave a comment.

I think you probably know a lot more about most plants and growing veg than I do; I'm not an experienced gardener but I do love to 'dabble'.

I enjoy reading your hubs.

Ann


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Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

Wowzers, what a tomato there!!! I love how they taste so sweet and do not have so much acid. I do not see these often here for some reason, but I will make certain to look for them.

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Happy gardening!


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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

annart, Oh, I could learn so much from you. Like you could write a hub on selecting a greenhouse. There are so many different kinds and sizes. You may have to buy tomato plants of heirlooms online, at a farmers market, or spring panting festival. Otherwise the flavorful heirlooms with great old fashioned flavor are to easy to get. Thank you for reading my hubs. Please vote.


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annart 21 months ago from SW England

I love tomatoes. I've grown them in a greenhouse - the smell and the taste was the best ever! I no longer have a greenhouse, nor room for one, so I have to buy, unfortunately. I tend to buy vine tomatoes now as they have a better flavour. I hate the bland, winter ones which arrive from somewhere but taste of nowhere!

Don't think I've ever eaten yellow ones. Thanks for the info.

Ann


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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Jodah, Then we get the get our seeds from the same source, Diggers and I. They have such a wonderful site. Having a garden friend in Australia means that between the two of us, we can have one or the others garden to talk about year round.


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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Frank Atanacio, Hello my friend, thanks for reading my hubs. I only eat fresh tomatoes in the summer. That peculiar shade of pinkish green on gassed winter tomatoes is so very disturbing. Oh, oh, how did I get up here on this soap box?


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

Patsybell, I am a member of Diggers. I get all my seeds from them. Thanks for the tips.


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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

moonlake , Thanks for reading my hubs and the votes. If you don't grow a tomato plant or two, I bet you will wish that you had. If you do not grow tomatoes, I hope you can get to the farmers market. I encourage anyone and everyone to grow tomatoes.


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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Jodah, Thank you for your kind words. Perhaps you would have better luck with growing tomatoes in containers. Consider a potting soil that has slow release fertilizer and moisture retention. Make sure the container has good drainage. I appreciate the votes.

Last year, I was emailing back and forth with an Austalian friend who was growing big yellow, red striped Copia tomatoes. He told me about The Diggers Club, a good plant and seed source.


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Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

a very good hub Patsybell, I love tomatoes I put slices on almost everything.. and sometimes I grow them too.. the first tomato damn what a size


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moonlake 21 months ago from America

I love heirloom tomatoes but don't know if I'll grow any this year. Gold Medal looks so good I like yellow tomatoes. I wish I had fresh tomatoes right now. Enjoyed your hub. voted up.


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

Very helpful hub Patsybell, I have not seen this particular tomato. What an impressive size. We grow a yellow cherry tomato, and a red grape type tomato called "Tommy Toe". Generally we don't have luck with the larger varieties...insects, grubs seem to get to them before they ripen. Even the smaller ones we have to pick as soon as they begin to colour and let ripen completely inside. Voted up.

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