Searching for sweet cherry tomatoes

Judith Adam

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Sweet orange cherry tomatoes (Photo from Stokes Seeds)
Sweet orange cherry tomatoes (Photo from Stokes Seeds)
Sweet orange cherry tomatoes (Photo from Stokes Seeds)

The ground isn’t even frozen yet, and already I’m searching the new seed catalogues, looking for sweet cherry tomatoes to grow next year. Seed catalogues and gardeners all seem to agree that cherry tomatoes have greater concentrations of sugar than larger, full-size fruits.

Most catalogues will describe a cherry tomato as sweet, or even very sweet, but seldom do they let on exactly how sweet a tomato can be. Probably that’s because soil, moisture and climate conditions are so influential that no one can predict how much sugar a tomato will develop during a growing season. But certain hybrid cherry tomato cultivars (and possibly some species cherry tomatoes) are known to have the genetic predisposition to acquire more than average sweetness.

I’m always on the prowl in seed catalogues, looking for cherry tomato descriptions that give a brix sugar rating for the fruits. So far, I’ve found a few in the new 2013 catalogues, including ‘Sweet Orange TMVF’ with a 9 to 10 brix rating, ‘Golden Honey Bunch VFFT’ with 10 brix, and ‘Cupid F’ with red fruits and 8.2 brix (these three from Another is golden ‘Sun Sugar F-1’ with 10 brix and twice as much vitamin A as similar red cherry tomatoes (from

The scale of sugar content is measured with a brix refractometer (available from, which would make a terrific holiday gift. It would be an interesting project to measure the sugar brix ratings of cherry tomatoes I grow. Some gardeners have certain favourites they grow every year, and it would be useful to have sugar brix ratings to compare, in much the same way sugar in wine grapes is monitored and compared from one year to another.

I’ve only just begun to survey the field of catalogue offerings, and you can be sure I’ll be back with more about the sweetest cherry tomatoes. It might take all winter to develop a definitive list, but I’m on it.

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2 thoughts on “Searching for sweet cherry tomatoes”

    • Hi Sharon,

      Thanks for the tomato website with brix ratings — very interesting! Some of the cherry tomatoes I’ve enjoyed also have brix ratings below the sweetest. I wonder if some of them can be too sweet? Probably not.

      Then I read further down the page, enjoying the site owner’s remarks on his tomato experiments. Wow — he sure does fertilize those plants! It would be fun and interesting to keep these kinds of records (and photographs) from summer crops. I’ll be thinking of that next summer.

      — Judith


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