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Ananas Noir (aka Black Pineapple) ($6.95)  85 days.     

 

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'S FABULOUS!

 

Fragrant and sweet, juicy, ambrosial with lingering notes of tropical fruit and sunshine, luscious, 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.

 

 

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Berkeley Tie Dye ($6.95)       80 days This rare and wild exotic fruit with big bold luscious flavors looks just like its the name implies -- with spectacular streaks and swirls of green and yellow and red and orange and green dappling inside and out. From 8 to 12 ounces, Berkeley Tie Dye is another fabulous variety from tomato breeder Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms here in California. 

 

A portion of the proceeds of Berkeley Tie Dye will be donated to TACA, Talk About Curing Autism in the names of two very winsome young fellows.  Photograph used with the kind permission of Brad Gates.

 

 

   TOP SELLER!

Black Beauty ($6.95) 85 days.

Beautiful to look at, the flavor of Black Beauty is deep, rich and complex. Combined in a tomato salad with red, pink, orange and yellow tomatoes - a real mind-blower!

A Note About Ripeness:  Be sure and wait for true ripeness! Black beauty takes a while to ripen but is definitely worth the wait.

These photographs are from our home garden and have not been retouched. The fruits and the stems are deep dark indigo-black. Inside, blood red. The first photo is a not quite ripe fruit, the second and third photos show the color change indicating ripeness.

So dark that some tomatoes turn solid blue-black on the skin. Deep red flesh is among the best tasting of all tomatoes. Rich, smooth and savory with earthy tones.

A dark, meaty, very rich-fleshed tomato with extreme anthocyanin effect, the same antioxidant in blueberries and blackberries. The emerging little fruits are deep black from the time they are tiny until big and almost ripe, then you will see some color changes as you can see in the photographs.

Keeps well on the vine and stores very well, and the flavor improves with room-temperature storage.

Baker Creek's Dave Kaiser tasted it at the 2015 National Heirloom Exposition and proclaimed it as the BEST tomato he had ever eaten! Yay Dave!

 

 

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 2 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.

 

 

 

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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 (Dwarf) (6.95) (VSM)     (E)  65 days

 

Here is a big, ambrosial, multi color tomato growing a small 3 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.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Restoration Seeds.

(Dwarf) Tasmanian Chocolate ($6.75)     (E)  65 days 

Big tomato, little plant, incredible flavor. Tasmanian Chocolate is a beautiful variety that produces huge tomatoes on very compact plants. Large, beefsteak style fruits can grow to almost a pound and ripen to a deep chocolate-mahogany. What really makes it unique is the dwarf growing habit, with small plants only growing to 2-3 feet, but still loaded with fruits! Great for small spaces and containers.

 

Tasmanian Chocolate has the same dark smoky flavor we've come to treasure in our darkest colored tomatoes.

 

Another delightful variety from the dedicated crew of the Dwarf Tomato Project for those growing in small gardens or containers or who want to fit more plants into their large garden. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Snow White ($6.75) 70 days. F/C     (E)   A gourmet's delight. I can't say enough about this exquisite, ping pong ball sized, white cherry tomato which ripens from white to ivory to palest yellow with a bright, rich and sweet juicy flavor. Very prolific, easy to grow, pretty as starlight and a top seller. This larger, sweeter version of the original Snow White is a top seller for us!

 

 

 

New for 2021!

 

Thorburn's Terra Cotta (Pronounced THOR-burns) ($6.95)    80 days. A Laurel's Favorite

We are so excited to be able to present Terra Cotta as our premier variety for 2021.

It's hard to know where begin in describing this extremely rare treasure with its incredible flavor, color and history!

Introduced more than 120 years ago, in 1893, by James Thorburn of New York, this is one of the most sensational tomatoes we have ever grown. With honey-brown skin, apricot colored flesh, and a beautiful green seed gel, this is a stunning tomato with out-of-this-world flavor.

Producing heavily during mid-season for fresh eating, sandwiches, salads and right out-of-hand, Terra Cotta is also great for cooking! Roasted, sauced, fresh from the garden--you name it.

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