Most tomatoes are the same or close to the same in acid levels; it’s the sugar that changes the flavor. High levels of acid with a low level of sugar creates an acidic flavor while high sugars and low acid gives a sweeter flavor. If a tomato is low and in both acid and sugar you get a bland flavor. The majority of people prefer a tomato that is high acids and high sugar that balances the taste.

There are many other factors that contribute to the levels and flavors including ripeness on the vine and your individual taste buds. Did you know flavors vary within the tomatoes on the same tomato vine?

Growing Conditions

The taste of your tomato is greatly affected by your soil.  You need to provide your tomato with nutrient-rich soil. In order to to get maximum flavor, your tomato plant will need plenty of potassium and sulfur. They also thrive in heat and sunlight it allows them to maximize photosynthesis and make carbohydrates that create a flavorful tomato.

Your Personal Taste

The best tomato is the one that you prefer based on your own preferences. At Natorp’s, where we grow 100 types of tomatoes there is one that has the perfect acid and sugar balance for you.  Take a look at our Tomato Guide!