Big Red Tomatoes
IMPORTANT NOTE!: Please remember to water sparingly or moderately when your tomatoes start to ripen. Otherwise you'll have a waterlogged, mushy, cracked tomato! This goes for ALL of your heirlooms!
Anthony's Passionate Heart ($7.95)
Chosen by my friend Gary Ibsen to honor Anthony Bourdain, here is our premier presentation for 2020.
In our garden it withstood heat waves in the high 90's when other plants gave up the ghost. No cracking, high production, dreamy texture, disease free. A proven winner.
In Gary's words: "Anthony's Passionate Heart produces beautiful big, red heart-shaped 1 lb. fruits with particularly bold fruity-sweet flavors and good acidity for a perfect balance."
"Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, and television personality who explored the cuisines, culture, joys and essentials of human existence around the world. He was an icon to me, and many others, who love food and cooking as a most enjoyable way of gathering people together to celebrate our humanity."
"Naming this tomato is our tribute to Anthony Bourdain’s life by honoring his legacy with a tomato heretofore unknown... 'Anthony's Passionate Heart' tomato. We found it suitable that 'the world’s most popular fruit', a tomato, would carry the message of Anthony's valued and storied life through future generations in a way that would enrich the lives of many."
Bear Claw($8.95) 78 days
The Bear Claw tomatoes in the photographs weighed 2.14 lbs, 2.9 lbs and 3.5 lbs. Always a winner in Big Tomato contests with fabulous flavor to boot!
Bear Claw is a huge fruit with incredible flavor. The plants grow very big and very fast -- like being in a time warp.
Huge plants. Stems like tree trunks. Give it extra support!
I plant Bear Claw in a huge 30 gallon pot by a palm tree. As it grows, we lash it to the tree trunk. Palm trees make excellent tomato stakes. J
The first tomatoes reach about one pound. After that, with proper care, they get bigger and bigger producing lots of deep crimson fruits with incredible flavor.
1. Plant in deep rich soil.
2. Feed every 2 to 3 weeks
using a granular organic fertilizer like our Happy Frog.
3. Water moderately but deeply.
4. Be sure all of the soil volume is damp but not soggy.
5. Spray every week with our Monterey Neem to control bugs and disease spores.
Photograph 1 by Dianna Theyssen of Ingalls, Indiana. Used here with her kind permission.
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Beefsteak Classic ($8.25)
Here is the original old time Beefsteak tomato from which subsequent big tomatoes got the description of "beefsteak". Take a thick slice from the center and see the shape of a juicy steak!
Beloved for more than 100 years, Beefsteak Classic plants are big, hearty and lush producing 4 to 5 inch brilliant, bright red tomatoes with sweet delicious flavors and great disease resistance.
These big beauties give you meaty, thick, fragrant slices for your tomato sandwiches and salads. Great for canning and sauce, too.
Sliced Brandywine OTV property of www.heirloomtomatoplants.com
Brandywine OTV($7.95) (B) (E) 72 days.
A truly marvelous stand-out member of the great family of Brandywines, this one arose in Craig LeHoullier's garden years ago. Big 1 pound red fruits with orange shoulders and complex rich flavors.
An outstanding tomato for your garden; it also sets fruit very well during high temperatures and bears all season. A reliable producer, very disease resistant, and easy to grow; OTV stands for Off The Vine, which was a wonderful online tomato newsletter published by Carolyn Male and Craig LeHoullier.
They describe this tomato as "the best strain of Brandywine set apart from others by its smooth, creamy, almost buttery texture, and harmonious sweet flavor." It originated from a natural cross-pollination of Yellow Brandywine and an unknown red parent, and was further developed and stabilized by Carolyn Male.
© Photograph property of Terroir Seeds and Underwood Gardens
Cuostraleé ($7.95) (Koh
Big, hearty, prolific plant, with HUGE red beautiful beefsteak tomatoes, up to 4 lbs. I have to use both hands to pick them. Gigantic fruits have a superb, classic tomato flavor. Very easy to grow, disease resistant and a reliable producer, in my top 10 favorites.
Another hot weather favorite which will grow easily and wonderfully in all gardens.
Don't worry; nobody knows how to pronounce it but it's so good, you won't care. :)