Nothing says summer like a bright red juicy tomato. Several states battle it out over this juicy red fruit, each claiming they grow the tastiest tomatoes.

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Tomatoes grown in Grainger County, Tennessee, are famous for their quality, which extension agent Anthony Carver attributes to the acidic limestone-based soil in northeast Tennessee. The acid in the soil gives the tomatoes their “bite.”

“Tennessee is the sixth leading [fresh-market] tomato producer in the nation, and Grainger County leads the state in tomato production,” Carver says. “We have over 500 acres of tomatoes and over 500 greenhouses dedicated to tomato production.”

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However, it’s California that ranks top for tomato production, both fresh-market and tomatoes for processing (turned into juice, sauce, paste, salsa, etc.), according to the USDA. Here’s the list of top tomato-growing states for fresh-market tomatoes:

  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. Virginia
  4. Georgia
  5. Ohio
  6. Tennessee
  7. North Carolina
  8. New Jersey
  9. Michigan

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And the top states for producing tomatoes for processing:

  1. California
  2. Indiana
  3. Ohio
  4. Michigan

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  1. Traveled all over the U.S. Northern OH and all CT and NJ–the absolute tastiest tomatoes in the country. FL tomatoes taste like cardboard. YUK!