Summer of love: The tomatoes from Hanover County, Va., inspire fan devotion. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

Which is why I’m dizzy with excitement about the Food section’s annual Top Tomato Recipe Contest, which attracted more than 110 entries this year. We’ll be publishing the 12 best recipes (plus a few others, including one from Food editor Joe “Cooking for One” Yonan) and one from Stephanie “Nourish” Sedgwick, all of which can help you use up those hoarded tomatoes in your house. And if that’s not enough, Edward Schneider will add another recipe to the mix on Friday, when we publish his Cooking Off the Cuff column right here at All We Can Eat.

Yours truly, the Comic Book Guy of Tomatoes, takes a nerdy look at Hanover tomatoes, the celebrated fruit of central Virginia. To whet your appetite for that story, I would like to test your knowledge of Hanovers. Take a look at the tomatoes after the jump — all for sale at the Pole Green Produce market in Mechanicsville, all labeled Hanovers — and tell me which ones are truly specimens deserving the name. (The answer is at the end of this post.)


These plump hybrids are classic slicing tomatoes. But are they Hanovers? (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)