This year I didn’t grow my old standbys (San Marzano and Opalka) at all. I wanted to try all new blood. This post only ranks the paste type tomatoes, which is the majority of what I grow, since I make lots of soups, salsa, and sauces.
Plum Regal. It was expensive seed, but these things produce like nuts, and I get large (5-7 Oz), perfect plum tomatoes. My earliest paste variety this season. Firm texture, better than Roma, bigger, and not a speck of BER. Not a SINGLE fruit has rotten on the vine. Determinate, but as of today they are still growing and blooming. Average flavor for a Roma-type but cooks well. Plants are at about 48” tall (caged).
Giant Garden Paste. These are shaped like a small beefsteak but denser. Not impressed with production so far. Healthy plants but very light production, indeterminate, so they may kick in yet. No BER so far. Typical paste tomato flavor.
Marzinera. Hybrid of San Marzano with Cream Sausage. Fairly shy producer so far, but a vigorous, indeterminate plant, much like it’s San Marzano parent. So far, about a third have BER (something I don’t get much of in general). The ones that ripened well have a San marzano - like flavor. They’re a bit more orange than the others, but red inside.
Cordova. Later variety only just now producing. Fruit very similar to Plum Regal. Also determinate but a deeper green, taller, denser plant than Plum Regal. No BER so far. As I said, it seems to be a bit later, and is rated at 85 DTM versus Plum Regal’s 72 or 75 (sources vary, but the lower number seems accurate for me).
Based on the amount of green fruit, I expect it to be a similarly strong producer, typical of determinate paste tomatoes. Still growing and blooming, plants are about 55” tall.