Tomato Review – Kellogg’s Breakfast
Kellogg’s Breakfast is a great big orange beefsteak tomato. It’s an heirloom variety that I grew in both the ground as well as in a large (15-gallon) container. What did I think about this tomato? Here’s my review of the Kellogg’s Breakfast tomato variety.
Growing Kellogg’s Breakfast
I mentioned in passing that this is a great big beefsteak tomato, and these kinds tend to have great big plants to support the tomatoes! This is an indeterminate tomato plant.
There are two different varieties of the orange Kellogg’s Breakfast; the original has regular leaves, while the other is a potato-leaved version (sometimes called KBX). I grew the regular-leaved version.
The seeds sprouted promptly, and I was able to transplant the seedlings into the garden at about 5 weeks from sprouting.
As you can see from the photo, I did grow one of the plants in a large container (15-gallon), and then one directly in the garden. Both of them grew well in their locations. Really well, seeing as the plants got pretty large — even the one in the container! In the photo, the plant was only about 4 weeks from transplanting into the container.
The one I planted in the ground was a touch more vigorous, but honestly, there wasn’t a whole lot of difference — once plants get to be a certain size, it starts almost being irrelevant. 😉
Both plants topped 5 feet in height, and since I don’t prune a lot, they were about 3 feet wide. I actually did have to end up pruning the Kellogg’s Breakfast tomato plant in the container a bit more because it was overflowing the sides of the pot too much.
Eating Kellogg’s Breakfast Tomatoes
Orange and yellow tomatoes have the reputation of being a little on the bland side. I am happy to say that the Kellogg’s Breakfast tomato does not fall into that category! If you like rich-tasting, juicy, BIG beefsteak tomatoes, this one fits the bill!
My biggest problem was getting a photo of the ripe tomatoes, LOL! I ended up eating them before I could arrange for a good picture.
In my garden, the tomatoes ended up being around 10 to 12 ounces on average. I had one humongous one that topped a pound, but most were closer to 12 ounces. I think had I grown specifically for large fruits, I could have had one well over a pound and a half.
The fruits of Kellogg’s Breakfast were a touch on the soft side — not squishy soft, but more yielding to pressure. If you pick at full ripeness, you’ll want to eat it promptly. If you pick just before full ripe (like maybe 3 days before) you will have more “counter time” before you will need to eat it.
These are great tomatoes for sandwiches — flavorful and juicy (without being sloppy juicy), and one slice covers the bread. They were great cut up in salads, as well as just slicing and eating all by themselves.
Since Kellogg’s Breakfast is such a large tomato, it also requires a longer growing season, and you’ll be picking it later than a lot of other tomato varieties. If you live in a really short growing season area, you might not get fully ripe fruits.
If you live in a really hot and humid climate (South Florida, where I grew it), you’ll also want to plant it early enough so that fruits will ripen before the humidity really sets in. These plants didn’t like the super-high humidity and once days were in the upper 80s and humidity was also in the 80s and 90s — the poor plants passed away. I found that if I planted earlier and gave the plant a little weather protection early on, I was able to get a nice harvest just before the weather made the growing difficult.
Do I recommend Kellogg’s Breakfast for a homegrown tomato garden? Yes, most definitely! Here’s a link for some Kellogg’s Breakfast tomato seeds which you can plant and grow your own at home.
(For transparency: If you buy seeds through the link I might get a few pennies as a commission. You won’t pay any extra, but the commission helps me to keep gardening and posting!)