Review of this early-maturing, red, slicing tomato.
Oregon Spring is an extra early tomato variety developed at Oregon State University. The plant yields good quantities of 4-5 oz (4 inch diameter) red tomatoes in about 65 days, versus maturities of 75 to 100 days for most other tomato varieties.
This year, I'm growing several containers of this variety and found it to be a reliable, early producer and I was grateful to have some tomatoes in June that we could use for tacos, burger toppings and other uses. It's a pretty tomato, well formed with classic red tomato looks. But what this variety provides in terms of early maturity and aesthetics, it takes away in taste. In my opinion, Oregon Spring tastes only marginally better than a tomato that you can buy at the grocery store.
On a scale of 1-10, with 10 the best rating, here's how I'd rank Oregon Spring:
If you're growing lots of tomatoes, I think having an Oregon Spring plant in the mix is a good idea. But I could never recommend that someone growing just one or two plants devote that precious space to this variety. The reason to grow tomatoes at home is that you can get results that are far superior to ones you buy at the grocery store or even the farmers market. If you can only grow a few plants, I strongly encourage you to be patient and grow ones that provide intense tomato flavor and sweetness.
In the coming weeks, I'll tell you about some varieties that I'm growing this year that beat the pants of Oregon Spring from the perspective of flavor.