Ananas Noir (aka Black Pineapple) ($6.95)
A hugely popular tomato, Ananas Noir, French for Black Pineapple, is a stunning fruit -- incredibly beautiful. But what about flavor?
What good is all that flashy gorgeousness if the flavor is dull?
Well, it's not!IT IS FABULOUS!
Fragrant and sweet, juicy, ambrosial with lingering notes of tropical fruit, and sunshine, luscious elaborate, unending flavor that lingers on the palate. One of my all-time favorites, I want you guys to try this one. It will blow your mind.
Berkeley Tie Dye ($6.75) 80 days.
This rare and exotic fruit with big, bold, luscious flavors looks just like its name implies with spectacular showy streaks and swirls of green and yellow, red and orange, with green and red patterning inside and out.
From 8 to 12 ounces, chefs nationwide are ordering these plants for their restaurant gardens -- tomato lovers are clamoring for this fabulous variety.
Berkeley Tie Dye is another fabulous variety from talented tomato breeder Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms here in California.
Photograph used here with the kind permission of Brad Gates.
IMPORTANT NOTE!: Remember to water sparingly or moderately when your tomatoes start to ripen. Otherwise you'll have a cracked, waterlogged mushy tomato! This goes for ALL of your heirlooms!
New for 2020!Brad's Atomic Grape ($6.95) 75 days
These elongated multi-colored, large grape type tomatoes grow in beautiful, colorful clusters on gorgeous wispy vines. The top seed seller at Wild Boar Farms, I've gotten numerous requests for the plants.
Lavender and purple striped at first, then turning to green, red and chocolate brown with deep blue stripes when fully ripe.
Inside, Atomic Grape glows green with a blush of deep red when fully ripe. Sweet and fragrant, this amazing fruit holds well on the vine and has a long shelf life after picking. Another mind-blowing variety from Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farm, this photograph is Brad's.
Brown Derby ($6.75) 75 to 80 days.
My absolute favorite discovery of 2007, no contest. Combining the sweet succulence of the black tomatoes and the tangy spiciness of the greens, this is a spectacular cross of my all-time favorite, Paul Robeson, and the legendary Aunt Ruby's German Green.
Reaching up to 2 lbs., yhe flavor is tantalizing--tart and sweet, a perfect combination of tang to sweetness with plenty of juice and a rapturous brown and green color.
Elser's Brown Derby has become a much sought after favorite at Maria and Darrell's Farmer's Market stands where customers arrive early to get their hands on one of these treasures. I had to scramble to get this one. True story. I picked it up, another customer begged me for it; I did not budge, wouldn't give it up. I wanted it for the photograph because it was so beautiful. Then we ate it.
A Laurel's exclusive.
(This fruit is not related to Tom Wagner's Brown Derby line, arose independently from that line and was named without knowledge of it.)
Chocolate Stripes ($6.75)
(B) 80 days.
After removing it from the list in 2009, I was bombarded by horrified customers who could not live without it and were freaked out by not seeing it. So it's back for good. Sorry.
Among the largest of the black tomatoes, this one was among the top 3 winners of TomatoFest 2007. Reaching 2½ lbs., ripening to mahogany with dark olive green stripes, these fruits have enormous old-time tomato flavor and an appearance similar to Black Zebra, but huge!
A plentiful harvest, stunning beauty and out-of-this-world taste make Chocolate Stripes a rare treat in your garden.
Be sure not to over-water when the fruits are getting ripe because they will crack! Seriously. Be careful. Test the soil, if it is barely damp, turn off the hose and back away.
Dragon's Eye ($6.75) 70 days.
Gorgeous, fruity, juicy and sweet, Dragons' Eye tomatoes average about 3 to 5 ounces, grow in incredible delicious bountiful clusters. Perfect for fresh eating and roasting--make the best salsa, too!
Beautiful pink-rose fruits have green streaking that turns gold at full ripeness.
They appear shimmery and luminescent as they ripen on the vine --inside , the flesh is deep dark red. A real workhorse of a tomato, huge production! This strong plant does beautifully in containers.
New for 2020!
Firebird Sweet ((6.95)
Here is a big, ambrosial, multi color tomato growing a small 3½ ft plant.
The fruits ripen to deep crimson with beautiful golden streaks. Rich full flavor, small plant. Perfect 6 to 8 oz salad/slicer tomatoes are a treat for sandwiches, salads, roasting and grilling.
This is a thrilling tomato, growing from 4 to 10 oz, sweet, juicy, gorgeous--everything you love in a tomato. Be sure to let them ripen fully to enjoy them!
History: Developed 2011-2016 by members of the Dwarf Tomato Project from a cross between Dwarf Wild Fred and Beauty King made by Vince Lavallo in 2011, which he named Beauty. It was developed along with by Vince Lavalle, Craig LeHoullier, Lurley Hernandez, Lindsey Ratterree, Dan Follett, Carolyn Keiper, and Nancy Ruhl. Named by Craig LeHoullier in 2013.
Please take some time to read about the Dwarf Tomato Project. The dedicated members of this group from all over the world worked for many, many years to bring us these small plants with their delightful fruits. They really have changed the tomato world.
Goldfinch$6.95 (Dwarf Plant)