My Monster Tomato

by Cynthia

This morning I had my daughter out in the garden with me and she was “helping” me pull up some more of the Cosmos. I took a break to check on one of my heirloom tomatoes (I am currently growing two) that I could see might have its first ripe tomato. Yesterday I wrote about the other heirloom tomato I am growing called ‘Gill’s All Purpose’.

These tomatoes have been driving me nuts this year as I planted them late May/early June and they have not wanted to produce any ripe fruit. That is until now.

I am completely blown away by the size of this tomato called ‘Kellogg’s Breakfast’. I think its picture will show why. Next to it is one of the ‘Gill’s All Purpose’ tomatoes for comparison.

Two Tomatoes

It is like 4 large tomatoes in one. I had to weigh it on my scale as it felt huge. It weighed a whole 1 pound 7 ounces! Wow! That is definitely a record for me!

Tomato on Scale

So next I had to do a taste test. The ‘Kellogg’s Breakfast’ has almost no seeds compared to the ‘Gill’s All Purpose’. As far as flavor goes the ‘Gill’s All Purpose’ has a much stronger tomato-y flavor as compared to the ‘Kellogg’s Breakfast’ which was milder and much sweeter. They are both so very, very good.

Tomato Taste Test

I am happy to say that there will be a ton more of the ‘Kellogg’s Breakfast’ here in a few days as this plant is just covered with tomatoes. It is indeterminate, meaning it just grows and grows never reaching a set height so it really is a monster right now. It actually looks like it has sprouted tentacles that want to grab you when you walk by it.

The name of this tomato intrigued me so I did a little bit of searching and found it comes from the man who bred it, Darrell Kellogg. It is a wonderfully tasty beefsteak tomato (very orange too!) that I will for sure be saving seeds from for next year’s garden.

I did not start this one from seed. Instead I purchased it as a transplant from Portland Nursery. I did find several sources for its seed though for those that might be interested. The below links will take you to some sites that carry seeds of the ‘Kellogg’s Breakfast’ tomato.


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