Medium Size Red Tomatoes
Anna Russian ($6.25) (VE) (HG)65 days. 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.
Anna Russian seeds came to Craig Lehoullier from Brenda Hillenius of Oregon, who got the seeds from her grandfather, Kenneth Wilcox. Years earlier he had been given the original seeds from a Russian immigrant friend--a genuine example of the intriguing history these grand old tomatoes carry with them.
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!
Beaverlodge Slicer $(5.50) 52 days. (EE) F/C (SM) From Gary Ibsen?Tomatofest.com, "One of the earliest maturing tomato varieties at only 55 days, this tomato was developed at
the Beaverlodge Research Center in Alberta Canada.The plant is short, compact and determinate, loaded with 2", smooth, red, round tomatoes that contain rich and well balanced flavors. A surprisingly big flavor for such an early tomato. This is a perfect tomato variety for growing in a hanging basket or in a patio container. A good choice for cooler and foggy growing regions like Northern California."
Bloody Butcher ($6.25)
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.
© Photograph one is the
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 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 them away by the basketful.
The Carmello plant in my garden proved to be disease resistant, and 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. The third photograph is of a Carmello fruit which grew into 'twins'-- 2 fruits connected to each other at the stem, and grown from one blossom.
Costoluto Genovese ($6.25)
(E) 78 days. A big beautiful and classic Italian heirloom, the deeply fluted, ribbed intensely-red 8 to 12 oz. fruits are mouthwatering and utterly scrumptious. This stunning tomato has a splendid, complex old-time flavor which makes it a perfect choice for sauce and fresh eating. Does will in high heat and cooler areas, too.
Thomas Jefferson grew Costoluto Genovese in his Virginia garden in 1780's along with many other heirloom varieties which became popular across the country. Costoluto means 'ribbed'.
(E) 75 days. This has been a very special favorite of mine which I've grown for my personal stash for a long time.
Because it's such an extraordinary variety,I have sent plants of Druzba as an alternate for Goose Creek when Goose Creek plants were too small to ship.
Soon I began getting calls from customers who liked it even better than Goose Creek and begged me to send them another Druzba! So, I've decided to include it for 2012. I think you will agree that it has a very robust, rich, concentrated tomato flavor borne in smooth, perfectly round, deep-red, blemish-free 10 ounce fruits with good disease resistance and high production. Awesome. The name Druzba means friendship in Bulgarian.
Fireworks ($6.25) 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.
($6.25) (Hybrid) 72 days. (D) (E)
As seeds of SunMaster are no longer available 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. This specialty tomato has the 'heat gene' and is a very heat tolerant hybrid variety which produces delicious, bright red, 10 ounce, rich, sweet full-flavored tomatoes in only 72 to 80 days. A small determinate plant, growing to 2 or 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 tomatoes ripen to be firm, solid, and resistant to cracking. Customers report it has a superior flavor to SunMaster.
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.
Along with being very heat tolerant, it shows remarkable cold-tolerance along the cooler coastal areas where the fruits continue to set and ripen through November and December. It is a wonderful choice for growing in containers and does extremely well in the greenhouse.
A rare and exquisite selection for your table and your historical garden. Goose Creek is a delightful gift for the tomato lover on your list.
NOTE: This is the real Goose Creek.
You may see seeds for sale in various places.
Most are not the real Goose Greek.
Italian Heirloom ($6.25)
(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, slightly pear-shaped tomatoes 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.
Laurel's new favorite!
(E)72 days. (Pronounced
Yoot-lahn)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. The photographs show Jutland in various stages of ripening. Our seeds come from Stephanie Magdziak of Princeton, NJ.
Stephanie contacted me about this fabulous tomato, hoping to share it with other heirloom tomato gardeners. She's been growing Jutland for about 15 years since she collected a few seeds at a local tomato-tasting festival and fell in love with this sublime fruit. She tells us: "The seeds were first collected at Howell Living History Farm in New Jersey. For a couple of years, they had a small tomato festival where you could bring your best tomatoes and compete for best flavor, etc. I collected them there, after sampling a sliver. It was labeled 'Jutland tomato from Harbourton' NJ."
Can be used for sauce, yes. I'd recommend this one for fresh eating.
San Marzano Redorta ($6.25) 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 ($6.25) (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.
Super Sioux ($6.25) (E) 72 days. Super Sioux is known as the outstanding hot weather tomato. Beautiful 4-6 oz. scarlet globes, huge production of juicy, sweet, meaty red fruit with a fabulous old-time earthy tomato taste. Superb for canning and fresh eating and very disease resistant.