Sauce, Paste and Canning Tomatoes
IMPORTANT NOTE! Folks, 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! Don't sabotage your garden....
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1884 is a superbly flavored old-time tomato which grows on a strong vigorous plant and produces big luscious 2 lb. deep dark pink fruit with luxurious flavor and sets fruit readily in hot weather. \
It is said that the original seeds were discovered in 1884 by a Mr. Williamson in the debris after the big flood in Friendly, West Virginia.
This grand fruit has taken top mention year after year in tomato tastings all over the country.
Easy to grow and very productive. Marvelous for fresh eating and makes a luscious sauce.
Anthony's Passionate Heart ($8.95)
Chosen by my friend Gary Ibsen to honor Anthony Bourdain, here is Anthony's Passionate Heart.
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."
Apricot Brandywine ($8.95) Easy to grow everywhere!
These fabulous tomatoes are a perfect golden/apricot color -- not yellow -- and grow huge! Up 1˝ pounds in clusters of 4 or 5 huge tomatoes on rugged potato-leafed plants.
Apricot Brandywine produces a lot more tomatoes than the other Brandywines,
and the taste is unforgettable. Just incredible.
much more than I've ever seen on other Brandywine plants except Brandywine OTV
One of my favorite qualities of Apricot Brandywine is that the
flesh inside is exactly the same color of the skin when you cut it open, or just take a giant chomp! WOW! Mind blowing. Makes INCREDIBLE sauce!
This plant has strong thick sturdy stems. It really has to have stems like this to support all of the huge fruits! Be sure to give it a strong cage like Our TomatOH Holders, to help it stay up!
We think it originated from Great Britain some 30 years ago, the actual origin is unknown, but I'm researching it!
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Beefsteak Classic ($8.95)
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.
Belle Rouge( $8.95) 75 days
One Sunday morning in 2014 during an open house plant sale at my nursery, a handsome young Frenchman waited in line to chat with me. :) He had been visiting a friend nearby who told him about us.
When he got to my table he held out to me a tiny vial of tomato seeds. A perfume sample vial.
This charming traveler from Le Mans, in Northwestern France, where the Oceanic Belt influence creates
tomatoes with complex, layered flavors, had been given the seeds by his aunt. She grew them in one of the huge community gardens for which Le Mans is famous (along with auto production and motor racing).
He could not remember what type of fruit it was, just that it was magnifique! And as yet unnamed.
The vial was so tiny, I misplaced it for years. Adrienne finally found it this spring wedged at the bottom of a harvest basket which had been on the table all those years ago.
We were thrilled to grow out this mystery seed and find out what it was! We planted the seeds, Adrienne called it 'Perfume Sample". I made 'Perfume Sample' labels for the plants we grew out.
To our delight, those magical seeds produced the most beautiful, full flavored tomatoes starting out a pale, delicate orange, then ripening to deepest red, 'rouge' in French, meaty,
shaped like bells and double-bell hearts, 6-8 ounce fruits.
heavy with juice,
Great for sauce, too!
And the flavor is, yes, magnifique! In Adrienne's photo you can see one of the 'double' fruits.
So beautiful! With out-of-this-world flavors, heavy in the hand, complex, layered and fragrant. So I named this French beauty Belle Rouge.
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