Main Season Slicing Tomatoes

 

 These plants will be available at our road-side stand this May.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN  (American Heirloom)Abraham lincoln 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 70 days. The original strain was developed in 1923. This earlier fruiting selection was introduced in 1975. Red fruits with a distinctive, slightly acid flavor. Very resistant to foliage disease.

 

AUNT LOU’S UNDERGROUND RAILROAD   (American Heirloom)

Indeterminate, 82 days. The original seed was carried through the underground railroad be an unnamed slave as he escaped to freedom in Ripely, Ohio. Dark pink fruit is tangy and juicy. Sparse foliage.

 

BLACK FROM TULA  (Russian Heirloom)black from tula 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 75–85 days. Good yields of brownish-red, slightly flattened fruits weighing up to 18 oz. Rich, full flavor. Great for slicing and canning. I have had good success with this “black” tomato compared to others.

 

BLACK KRIM  (Russian Heirloom)black krim 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 70–90 days. Also known as “Black Crimea”. Found in Krim Russia in 1990 by Lars Olov Rosenstrom of Sweden. This is the tomato that got me interested in heirloom veggies back in the early 1990’s. Beefsteak fruits are a unique combination of violet-brown and purple-red. Excellent rich flavor!

 

BRANDYWINE (American Heirloom)brandy 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 80 days. The original Brandywine was introduced by Johnson and Stokes Seed Company in 1889 from seed they had received from a customer in Ohio. Named after Brandywine Creek in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Large vines produce deep red 8–12 oz. Fruits. Excellent flavor and fairly productive.

 

COSTOLUTO FIORENTINO  (Italian Heirloom from costoluto fior 1000 by 750Tuscany)                                                                                                                           

Indeterminate, 83 days. Extremely heat tolerant and also tolerant of wet, cool seasons. Rich flavored, red lobed fruits weighing 8–12 oz. Excellent for sauces, stuffing and fresh sliced.

 

CRNKOVIC YUGOSLAVIAN   (Yugoslavian Heirloom)crnkovic 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 70–90 days. Heavy yields of pink beefsteaks. Fruits weigh up to one pound. Near perfect shoulders and fruits rarely crack. Delicious, full tomato flavor. I had great success growing these the last two seasons. They performed well through hot dry weather in 2012, and a very wet early season in 2013. Sparse foliage and benefits with a little afternoon shade.

 

COUSTRALEE (French Heirloom)coustralee1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 80–90 days. Very large red fruits. Huge plants and productive. Superb flavor, strikes a nice balance between sweetness and tartness. This one requires a long wait for your first fruits but they are well worth the wait. Not recommended if you want tomato sandwiches by the first of August, but a great variety to end your season with.

 

COSMONAUT VOLKOV  (USSR Heirloom)cosmo 2013 1000 by 750

Semi-determinate, 72 days. Developed in the Ukraine in the 1960’s. Named after the Russian Cosmonaut, Commander Volkov who was killed upon returning to the Earth in his Soyuz capsule. Red 6–8 oz fruits are exceptional in flavor, quality, consistency and productivity. Rich, sweet and tangy. This is my personal favorite!

 

DELICIOUS (American Heirloom)delicious 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 80–90 days. Classic “improved” beefsteak type. A very large, red slicing tomato. The worlds record for the largest tomato was a Delicious. Fairly uniform, meaty and flavorful with a small seed cavity.

 

DJENA LEE’S GOLDEN GIRL   (American, Family Heirloom 1920’s)

Indeterminate, 80 days. Won first prize at the Chicago Fair 10 years in a row. Beautiful, golden-orange 8 oz fruits. Delicious with a rich balanced flavor.

 

DRUZBA   (Bulgarian Heirloom)druzba 1000 by 750

Semi-determinate, 75 days. Excellent juicy sweet flavor. Red, 5–8 oz fruits are very uniform and productive. Resists cracking, foliage disease and blossom-end rot. Druzba means “friendship”.

 

EMMY   (Transylvanian Heirloom)emmy 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 90 days. This tomato was brought to the US by a refugee who fled Romania after WW2. Medium sized, orange-yellow fruits with an intense tomato flavor. Not low acid.

 

GERMAN RED STRAWBERRY   (Heirloom)german red strawberry 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 80 days.  Some say this is the best flavored large slicer for the quintessential tomato sandwich! Uniform  red fruits average 10 oz to 1 pound and resemble a strawberry in shape. Few seeds and little juice. Not very productive in a short season but they do have a great flavor.

 

GRANNY CANTRELL’S GERMAN   (Kentucky Heirloom)cantrell 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 70–90 days. Grown by Lettie Cantrell of West Liberty, KY since the 1940’s. Large, pink beefsteak fruits up to one pound plus. Tasty fruit on large, vigorous vines. This one was voted best flavor at the 2010 Monticello Tomato Tasting.

 

HILLBILLY POTATO LEAF  (American Heirloom)

Indeterminate, 85 days. From Seed Savers Exchange member Jerry Lee Bosner. Large, bi-color beefsteak is yellow with red streaks. Fruits are very sweet and juicy weighing in at one pound.

 

HOMESTEAD 24  (American Open-pollinated, 1966)

Semi-determinate. Developed for hot and humid coastal regions. Reliably  sets fruit at high temperatures. Disease resistant. Red, 8 oz fruits.

 

HUGHS   (Heirloom from Madison County, Indiana 1940)hughs 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 80–90 days. Meaty yellow fruits with a sweet delicious flavor! I was very impressed with this variety in my 2013 trials. Very tasty and fairly productive for a large tomato. It is a beefsteak type that is late maturing and has some disease resistance.

 

HUNGARIAN HEART  (Hungarian Heirloom)

Indeterminate, 85 days. Said to have originated in a village 20 miles south of Budapest around 1900. Offered in SSE in 1988. Huge pink ox-heart fruits weigh upwards of on pound. Very few seeds and almost no cracking. Superb for fresh eating, canning and especially “roasted-tomato” sauce.

 

ILLINI STARillini star 2 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 65 days. Developed by Illinois grower Merlyn Niedens. Produces heavy crops of red 6-8 oz fruits on 4-6 ft plants. Deep red tomatoes have an excellent flavor and good disease resistance. Fairly early.

 

ITALIAN HEIRLOOM italian heirloom2 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 70-80 days. Plants are loaded with fruits weighing a pound or more. Excellent full flavored tomato. Consistent and very early in my opinion. Easy to peel but has somewhat of a hollow core. Ideal for fresh eating as well as being superb for sauce and salsa. I rate this the best sauce tomato I have grown in our region of Northern Indiana.

 

JAPANESE BLACK TRIFELE  (Russian Heirloom)

Indeterminate, 75 days. Unusual, pear shaped 4-6 oz fruits. Deep brownish-purple color with green shoulders and a wonderful, rich complex flavor. Very productive and resists cracking. I found these to be great addition to homemade tomato sauce; alone or blended with other tomatoes.

 

KANNER HOELL   (German Heirloom)

Indeterminate, mid-season. Donated to SSE by Reverend C. Frank Morrow of Minnesota. Variety originally from Germany and has been in his family since 1916. Large red fruits up to 1-1 ½ pound. Excellent for fresh eating and canning.

 

KELLOGS BREAKFAST   (West Virginia Heirloom)Kell

Indeterminate, 80-90 days. Large orange beefsteak type. Fruits can weigh from 1-2 pounds. Delicious rich flavor with a good sugar/acid balance. Fairly productive for a large slicer.

 

KOLB kolb 1000 by 750 

Indeterminate, 85 days. Originally from Kolb Greenhouse in Storm Lake Iowa. Good yields of one pound pink beefsteak tomatoes with a rich tomato flavor. I am still impressed with this variety. The plants are not huge and easy to manage. It has consistently fruited for me in extreme weather conditions. Works well in a container.

 

LADY LUCY  ( American Heirloom from Nantahla Forest in Georgia)

Indeterminate, 85 days. Potato leaf variety which produces reddish-pink fruits weighing up to 12 oz. Sweet with an acidy zing! Good for fresh eating and canning.

 

MARGLOBE   (American Heirloom)

Determinate, 70 days. This is a selected strain of the original Marglobe released by the USDA in 1925. A long time favorite in this country. This selection has been improved for disease resistance. Fruits are red, medium sized, firm and have a great flavor. Stocky, vigorous plants.

 

MARTIAN GIANT SLICER

Semi-determinate, 95 days. Originally developed for organic market growers by Seeds of Change. Juicy, red beefsteak type with a firm texture and a good acid/sweet balance.

 

MOUNTAIN PRINCESS   (Heirloom from West Virginia)

Determinate, 68 days. From the Monongahela National Forest Region of WV. Productive and early. Produces smooth round red fruit weighing 4-6 oz. Does well in cool seasons. Very firm fruits.

 

MULE TEAM muleteam 1000 by 750 

Indeterminate, 86 days. A workhorse tomato that delivers well long into the season. Uniform red fruit weighing 8-10 oz. Sweet with a slight amount of tang. The fruits are usually defect free and very solid. Great variety for canning. Very productive.

 

NEPTUNE  

Determinate, 67 days. Developed and released to SSE in 1999 from the University of Florida. This variety was bred to withstand heat and have a resistance to bacterial wilt. Recommended for growers in hot and humid regions with rainy summers. The summer of 2013 here in Northern IN makes this variety worth trialing. 4 oz red fruits grow in clusters on vines.

 

OLD VIRGINIA   (American Heirloom)

Indeterminate, 80 days. Old fashioned sweet/tart tomato taste. The dark red fruits weigh 4-7 oz and have few seeds. Produces well in hot weather. Good yields. Suitable for fresh eating or canning.

 

OXHEART   (American Heirloom)

Indeterminate, 88 days. Similar to meaty “ponderosa” types except for the distinct shape. Can be heavy yielding and produces extra large, pink 1-2 lb fruits. Firm, meaty and few seeds with a mild sweet flavor.

 

PAUL ROBESON   (Russian Heirloom)paul robeson1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 74 days. Named after Paul Robeson, performer of “Old Man River”, and advocate of equal rights for African Americans. He was well loved world wide and especially in Communist Russia. The fruits are a dusky, dark reddish-brown with dark green shoulders. 6-8 oz fruits with exceptional flavor. One of my personal favorites.

 

PEG’S ROUND ORANGE   (Family Heirloom from Cox Creek, KY)pegs round orange 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 90 days. Disease resistant plants yield 7 oz orange tomatoes which are sweet and low acid. Very good flavor and can be productive if the fall does not cool to early.

 

PERSIMMON   (American Heirloom 1800’s)persommon 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 80 days. One of the best tasting orange tomatoes. Healthy vines produce beefsteak sized fruits with few blemishes. Vigorous plants can produce fruits weighing up to 2 lbs early in the season.

 

PINEAPPLE   (American Heirloom)pineapple2 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 80-90 days. Huge, meaty tomatoes with a sweet, mild flavor. Reddish-orange and yellow swirled color. Tolerates heat as well as cool evenings. Drought tolerant as well as being cold hardy, with fruits continuing to ripen after light frosts at the end of the season. Resistant to blossom-end rot. Pick when the shoulders are still green for best flavor.

 

ROSE   (Amish Heirloom from New Holland, Pennsylvania)rose 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 75-80 days. Large, meaty beefsteak fruits are a beautiful dusty-rose color. The flavor is excellent. I consider rose to be superior to Brandywine in flavor as well as production. Superb sandwich slicer!

 

SBIRSKI SKOROSPELY   (Russian Heirloom)sbirski skorospely 1000 by 750

Semi-determinate, mid-season. I grew this variety out for the fist time in 2013. The production was good and the fruits were very tasty. Red, slightly flattened 3-6 oz fruits. Fairly early.

 

SOLDACKI   (Polish Heirloom)soldack2 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 75-80 days. Brought from Krakow, Poland to Cleveland OH around 1900. Probably by way of Ellis Island. Large pink beefsteak fruits weighing up to one pound. Firm meaty flesh with a thin skin. Susceptible to cracking. Low acid with a very delicious flavor!

 

STONE   (American Heirloom 1889)stone 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 78 days. Red, 5-7 oz fruits are slightly flattened. Somewhat acid and not as sweet as other varieties. I prefer a more acidy tomato myself and find stone to be tasty! Dependable, drought hardy and will fruit the whole season. Good, all-purpose tomato and especially recommened for canning.

 

TRIP-L-CROP   (American Heirloom)triplcrop 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 80 days. Beefsteak variety with very long vines. Heavy yields of reddish-pink, large meaty tomatoes with excellent, somewhat acidic flavor. I consider these to be one of the best flavored tomatoes I have eaten. Also known as the “Italian Tree Tomato”.

 

TROPIC  

Indeterminate, 80 days. Developed by the University of Florida. This is an exceptionally disease resistant variety. Recommended for hot and humid areas. Sweet, 8-9 oz red fruits are thick walled and develop up under the canopy of foliage protecting them from sun scald. Works well as a field tomato as well as greenhouse production.

VOLGOLGRADSKI   (Russian Heirloom)volgolgradski 1000 by 750

Determinate, mid-season. Short, stocky plants produce an abundance of red, 6-8 oz fruits. Very delicious and shows some disease resistance to early blight.

 

White Wonder   (Heirloom possibly bred from White Apple, pre-1860)white wonder 1000 by 750

One of the varieties chosen for Alice Water’s famous restaurant. The Chez Panisse. Medium sized fruits ripen to a creamy white. The fruits are sweet and mild flavored.

 

WISCONSIN 55   (American Heirloom)

Indeterminate, 80 days. Bred by JC Walker at the University of Wisconsin in the late 1940’s. Excellent all-purpose tomato and great for canning. Performs best on rich soils. Remembered as one of the best home and market-garden tomatoes in the Madison, Wisconsin area before the sweep of hybrids began to push the open-pollinated varieties out!

 

YELLOW BRANDYWINE   (Indiana Heirloom)yellow brandywine

Indeterminate, 76 days. Same great flavor as the pink Brandywine. Large, slightly ribbed yellow beefsteaks are sweet and tangy. Large, potato leaf foliage provides good protection from sunscald. Large, vigorous vines.

 

ZARNITSA (Russian Heirloom)zarnitsa 1000 by 750

Short-determinate, 60 days. Seed collected from a region 60 km south of Moscow. An early bearing variety with small, 2” by 2 1/2” red fruit. I first grew this tomato in 2012 and was very impressed with the flavor, very sweet and balanced. I did have some cracking issues but I think the flavor makes it well worth trying. Sparse foliage. Could do well in a pot on a porch with a little afternoon shade.