Best Buy salad tomatoes
Tomatoes are the most popular garden vegetable, as they're easy to grow and produce an abundance of fruit. Needless to say, the taste and juiciness of home-grown ones are nothing like the woolly ones from the supermarket.
The Which? Gardening experts have trialled 16 salad-tomato varieties so they can recommend the best ones that not only taste great but also grow well in the UK.
How Which? tested salad tomatoes
We selected 16 salad-tomato varieties that are claimed to be suitable for growing indoors and sometimes outdoors. We sowed our seeds in April, and in May we planted up two growing bags with three plants of each variety and put them in our greenhouse.
All plants were grown as cordons, watered as necessary, and fed with tomato fertiliser. The growing points were pinched out in mid-August to encourage the fruits to swell and ripen. Ripe fruits were picked, weighed and counted each week; fruit quality, ease of growing from seed and plant health were also assessed.
All the tomatoes were sampled by trained taste-testers. These experts can distinguish and rate the individual components of tastes and textures, such as savoury, sweet and succulence, and identify subtle differences in aroma. They also rated how appetising the tomatoes looked.