Main Season Slicing Tomatoes

 

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

BLACK BEAUTY  Possibly, the “World’s Darkest Tomato”! A dark, meaty, very rich-fleshed tomato with extreme anthocyanin content (same antioxidant in blueberries and blackberries). I have found that the skin color depends greatly on the amount of sunlight reaching the fruits. Deep red flesh is among the best tasting of all tomatoes. Rich and smooth.

BLACK KRIM  (Russian Heirloom)

80 days. Dark red-purple fruit with a rich sweet flavor. One of the best. It always places high in tomato taste trials. It’s very juicy. An heirloom from Russia. This is one of the first heirlooms I ever grew back in the early 90’s.

BRANDYWINE (American Heirloom) 

 brandy 1000 by 750Indeterminate, 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.

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.

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!

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”.

EVA PURPLE BALL (German Heirloom, late 1800’s)eva purple ball 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 78 days. From the Black Forest region of Germany. Outstanding performer in hot, humid areas with excellent resistance to foliage and fruit diseases. Blemish free tomatoes with soft, tender texture. Smooth, round purple-pink fruits weigh 5-7 oz. All purpose with an excellent flavor!

GERMAN PINK  (Bavarian Heirloom)

85-90 days. This tomato made its U.S. debut in 1883, brought here by Michael Ott, a great-grandfather of Seed Savers Exchange co-founder Diane Ott Whealy. The luxuriant potato-leaf plants give high yields of 1- to 2-lb, nearly seedless meaty fruit. The prestigious Slow Foods USA Ark of Taste described it as “a full sweet flavor, even floral, and…tender skinned.” Superb for canning and freezing but also for slicing and juicing.

HILLBILLY POTATO LEAF  (US Heirloom)

80-85 days. A huge, bi-color heirloom; brilliant yellow color with red marbling. Very large with a rich, sweet flavor. Beautiful when sliced. An heirloom believed to be from West Virginia.

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.

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.

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.

PANTANO ROMANESCO (Italian Heirloom)

A Roman heirloom from Italy. The large fruits are deep red with a purple tint. The flesh is very rich, juicy and flavorful. An excellent choice for home and market gardeners; very rare and delicious.

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.

PEACH BLOW SUTTON(English Heirloom, early 1900’s)peach blow sutton 2 1000 by 750

Indeterminate, 77 days. The mottled reddish-orange and yellow fruits are covered with a peach-like fuzz. The fruits are 5-7 oz with sweet delicious flavor. Abundant production late in the season. This is another favorite of mine. A good keeper and well worth trying in your garden.

PINK BERKELEY TIE DYE

65-75 days. Compact plants produce beautiful 8-12 ounce fruit with a very sweet, rich, dark tomato flavor. This one was developed by Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms. It has been around a while but this is a new “trial” tomato for me this season. So far, anything I have had developed by this breeder has been phenomenally delicious!

RADIATOR CHARLIE’S MORTGAGE LIFTER

Indeterminate, 80 days. It has been a while since I offered this variety. It was one of the very first heirloom tomatoes I grew back in the early 90’s. The story behind this tomato goes as follows; back in the 1930’s in Logan West Virginia a gentleman named M.C. Byles had an radiator repair shop. Utilizing classic plant breeding techniques he created this variety after a number of years. He then started selling the plants in the 1940’s for $1.00 per plant (expensive for those days). Within 6 years he made $6,000 and paid off the mortgage on his house. These can be quite large (up to 2 ½ pounds) The fruits are pinkish-red, meaty, delicious and with few seeds. An absolute classic heirloom! Requires a really strong staking system.

ROSE DE BERNE  (German Heirloom)

86 days. (Indeterminate) [Often called the Brandywine of Europe. This strain was given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by Ulla Grall of Bio-Saatgut in Germany.] Smooth, soft, 6-10 oz. fruits resist cracking. Pleasant, mild, balanced flavor and deep pink color. Another new “trial” tomato for me this season. I have a lot of respect for the Seed Ambassadors Project and am currently growing out some of their grains.

RUTGERS  (US Heirloom)

60-100 days. Determinate. Good for canning, also excellent fresh; large red 8-oz globes. Good yields and flavor, large vines. A famous New Jersey heirloom. I have kept offering this tomato in honor of one of my oldest tomato customers who has since passed away. Mary insisted I offer this variety every season, and so I have.

St PIERRE  (French Heirloom)

78 days. A beautiful French heirloom, the fruit has a rich tomato flavor and are  fairly large. Great for fresh eating and also canning. They are deep red and excellent producers, even in difficult conditions, which is becoming the status quo here in Northern Indiana.

TERRA COTTA  (US Heirloom)

Introduced in 1893 by James Thorburn of New York. A true American tomato treasure! With copper colored skin, orange-pink flesh. This tomato is one of the earliest slicers and has incredible flavor! I have been growing this variety for a few seasons and offer seed as well as plants. Terra Cotta is one of my personal favorites. From the collection of Dr. William Woys Weaver of The Roughwood Seed Collection, PA.

YELLOW OXHEART  (US Heirloom)

79 days. (Indeterminate) Available commercially in 1929 by Livingston Seed Co. though it dates from about 1915 as a family heirloom from Willis, VA. Reintroduced 1989 by SESE. This sweet tomato has a small core and a exceptionally well-balanced flavor.  The plants not vigorous, but otherwise a superb tomato! Thin, lacy foliage. The Fruits are yellow, meaty and oxheart-shaped and weigh in at close to a pound.