Medium Size Red Tomatoes
Anna Russian ($6.75) (VE)
This was the very first heirloom tomato I ever tasted and one of the finest of the oxheart tomatoes. The plant has very delicate, wistful foliage as do many of the Russian varieties. Don't let that fool you! Anna is easy to grow and bears heavily during hot and cool weather.
Years ago my mom brought me some perfect heart-shaped Anna Russians from her garden. She had gotten the seeds from a friend. I tasted; I swooned. From 8 to 12 ounces, the fruits she brought had grown in beautiful clusters of 2 or 3--I wouldn't be without it.
Still in my top 5 favorites after all these years, Anna Russian is always among the first few plants I set out in my home garden every spring in a little Tomato Love ceremony. Its perfect heart shape in colors ranging from pink to red make it very special indeed.
NOTE: Be sure to note that Anna Russian has droopy wispy foliage as do so many of the heart-shaped tomatoes-- it is caused by the 'wilt' gene. There is nothing wrong with your plant; it's supposed to look that way. One of my customers was convinced by a well-meaning neighbor to rip out her Anna Russian plants. "There's something wrong with them plants, Hildy, rip 'em out..." And she did, then called me to ask for a refund. I gave her the news; her heart broke. It was too late for her to replant but she ordered Anna Russian the following year and had a beautiful crop!
New for 2020!
Anthony's Passionate Heart ($6.95)
Big, red heart shaped 1 lb. fruits on a plant that withstands every type of weather. A marvelous tomato with rich, bold, fruity-sweet flavors and a perfect balance of acidity.
This is our premier presentation for 2020 in honor of Tony's legacy: Food will always bring families, neighborhoods, cities and countries together, gathered at the table. Nothing to fight about, everything to love.
In our garden it kept producing through prolonged heat waves in the high 90's when other plants gave up the ghost. Now it continues to grow as cooler weather arrives. No cracking, high production, dreamy texture, disease free. A real winner.
In the words of Gary Ibsen of Tomatofest who developed it, "Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef and author 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."
Seeds are available here:
Only 52 days.
SUPER EARLY RIPENING!
Bloody Butcher ($6.75)
F/C(EE) 52 days.
This marvelous early ripening fruit has an unmatched, spectacular deep red hue--juicy with an intense lingering flavor. The 4 ounce round red 2" to 3" fruits have a rich silky texture and grow in great abundance on potato leafed vines.
With its bountiful harvest month after month, the strong depth of flavor in Bloody Butcher has made it a favorite among tomato gourmands worldwide. A favorite for canning.
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property of Steve Masley of Grow It Organically
(E) 68 days.
This fabulous and extremely popular French tomato is a great favorite among my customers and top seller. De-hybridized years ago by Gary Ibsen, it's a very reliable and bountiful, you'll be hauling them in by the basketful.
The Carmello plant in my garden proved to be disease resistant, an
l producer of heavy, juicy, 8 oz. red fruits with immense flavor. This plant is among the most prolific ever bred and produces so many fruits you will be giving td produced through late December with night temperatures about 42 degrees.
The flavor alone puts it in my top 10. Wait 'til you see all the tomatoes on this plant; bring the big harvest basket.
Fireworks ($6.75) 50 days (EE)
Ripe in only 50 to 55 days, this lovely bright red tomato, very large for a quick maturing variety, has splendid rich, sweet juicy flavor which runs deep for a super-early tomato.
Fruits are 3", 6-9 oz., round, with a very distinctive slightly pointed tip, are heat resistant, cold tolerant and delicious.
($9.95) (Hybrid) 72 days. (D) (E)
I have chosen Florida 91 as the perfect alternate plant for my customers in extreme high heat areas who want to have a plant that keeps producing in high summer heat. This specialty tomato,
has the 'heat gene' and produces delicious, bright red, 10 ounce, rich, sweet full-flavored tomatoes in only 72 to 80 days.
a very heat tolerant hybrid variety
This is my favorite big red hybrid. Excellent flavor!
A small determinate plant, growing to about 3 feet, this variety sets fruit easily during high heat, when days are up to 97º or hotter and night temperatures are 73º to 82º. Very disease resistant.
Ideal for slicing onto sandwiches and salads, these sweet yummy tomatoes ripen to be firm, solid, and resistant to cracking.
Goose Creek ($8.95) 75-80 days.
This delectable historical family heirloom is one of the rarest plants we offer and our top seller. The flavor and color run deep in Goose Creek, a stunning, deep dark reddish pink/
round or slightly flattened, sometimes lobed, with occasional tiny gold streaks and speckling.
Juicy, very sweet and intensely tomatoey as if injected with concentrated tomato flavor. Ambrosial with a luxurious, silken texture, a lingering touch of sweetness and rich, earthy sweet flavors, it produces
high fruit yields and very few seeds.
This family treasure comes to us from my old friend and edible landscape expert, Jimmy Williams, author of the top selling gardening book, 'From Seed to Skillet' and owner of HayGround Organic Gardening in California. Jimmy and his Native Island Gullah-Geechee forebears are descendants of slaves brought in bondage from The Caribbean to the coastal islands of the Southern United States to grow rice for plantation owners.
The Gullah are still keepers of a fascinating culture of food, language and beloved traditions--a most extraordinary and delightful people.
The seeds of this sublime fruit have been passed down through generations when Jimmy's great-great grandmother, a young Caribbean slave, smuggled them with her aboard ship.
When the ship docked atCharleston near Goose Creek, South Carolina, she had the treasured seeds with her, hidden in her skirt pocket and planted them that first spring. Jimmy's grandmother, Elouise Watson, shared this precious heirloom with him more than 55 years ago when he was a teenager, assuring Goose Creek's place in his family's garden for generations to come.
NOTE: This is the real Goose Creek.
You may see seeds for sale in various places.
Most are not the real Goose Greek. The exception is www.tomatofest.com They have genuine seeds.
Italian Heirloom ($6.75)
(P-S) 85 days.
The name says it all. A fabulous classic from Italy and a top seller here. Very high production-- loads of fat, juicy, delicious, 5 to 10 oz. brilliant red, meaty, some slightly pear-shaped tomatoes, some more rounded, with an abundance of rich, complex flavors you'd expect from the best Italian varieties.
This tomato is revered by the Italians for its BIG taste and high production. Whether for fresh eating or cooking, you will fall in love with Italian Heirloom.
(E)72 days. (Pronounced
This is my new 'go to' variety for the best dang tomato for BLT's. A perfect 3 to 5 ounce, thin-skinned, plum shaped tomato, some smooth, some with a pointed tip and the most sublime flavor we've found in a tomato this season.
It appears in several different shapes on the same plant -- some very elongated, some short and plump, and, a
s with many tomatoes of this shape, the foliage is sort of wispy. This is less than half of one day's ripe harvest picked from one plant on August 12th -- my kids and grandkids took the rest of them.
"Dang it, put that back! Wait'll we take the picture!!"
Sliced into 'coins' it is my new favorite for salads, sandwiches and cooking. Trust me. Try this one.
Juicy, sweet, tangy, delicious, old-fashioned tomato flavor make Jutland a must-grow for the most dedicated and adventuresome heirloom tomato fans.
($9.95) (H) (VE)
This very popular early-ripening hybrid variety, (and Dolly Parton's favorite tomato), is being offered due to hundreds of requests from my customers who have found Momotaro fruits at Farmer's Markets.
(The seeds are among the most expensive among the hybrid varieties.)
It is exceptionally sweet, low-acid, juicy and just beautiful with a very long shelf life.
The 6 ounce fruits are a stunning shade of pink, full flavored, luscious and bountiful on the vine, with superb disease resistance.
I smuggled one into an heirloom tasting party, and the folks loved it.
The revelation that it was a hybrid was a splendid surprise to the gathered heirloom aficionados and motley crew of tomato gourmets and gourmands. Created quite a ruckus.
Named for an ancient legend of Momotaro, or Peach Boy, Momotaro was a baby boy found inside a giant peach by childless peasant farmers who had longed for a child of their own. He grew to be a famous warrior for peace. Among his many achievements: conquering, and then encouraging the ogres of Ogre Island to stop pillaging and be nice ogres. Each year the Momotaro festival in Japan celebrates the legend of this brave and wondrous child.
San Marzano Redorta ($6.75) 80 days.
The best of the Italian sauce tomatoes, this big, luscious high-producing Roma type fruit is named for Pizzo di Redorta, (Redorta Peak) one of the highest peaks in the Bergamo Alps of Lombardy, Northern Italy.
At 8 to 10 ounces-- with reports of up to 16 ounces-- and 4" to 6" long, it is a much larger tomato with much better flavor than its cousin, San Marzano.
San Marzano Redorta is marvelously rich, extremely productive and good enough to eat fresh, right off the vine.
Stupice ($6.75) (EE) (Stoo-PEETS) 52 days.
A great tomato! For me, this is the absolute very best tasting super-early cold-or-hot weather variety and among the first I plant each season. Huge flavor, sweet and luscious.
Not a cherry tomato, it's a bigger than a golf ball, smaller than a handball, a 3 to 4 oz. red round fruit, first to ripen and very high yielding. Produces quickly, heavily, reliably early and continuously throughout the season.
Even when fruits are smaller as the season wanes, they maintain their marvelous flavor becoming even sweeter with colder weather. A garden staple.
High heat specialist!
(E) 70 days.
Here's a superior hot-weather tomato for you!
This delicious round, red 4 to 6 oz extra heat tolerant variety is an improvement of the Sioux tomato developed in 1944. Grand flavor, sweet and tangy, rich and complex, along with its ability to continue producing in very hot temperatures have made Super Sioux one of the most reliable hot weather producers in existence.