Some Other Gorgeous Colors
Berkeley Tie Dye ($6.95)
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.
Brown Derby (
75 days. My absolute favorite discovery, no contest. Combining the richness of the black tomatoes and the spiciness of the greens, this is a spectacular cross of my all-time favorite, Paul Robeson, and the legendary Aunt Ruby's German Green.
It arose about 5 years ago in the garden of Maria & Darrell Elser of Elser's Country Farm in Yucaipa, California and they have been selling it to adoring customers at their Southern California heirloom tomato farm stands for several years. The flavor is tantalizing--tart and sweet and smokey, a perfect combination of tang to sweetness with plenty of juice and a rapturous brown and green color. When Amazing Terry and I first tasted it in August, our eyes got wide, we grinned and stared at each other with the 'Oh-my-God-this-is-incredible' look. I could barely believe my mouth.
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. Another customer implored me, but I did not budge, wouldn't give it up. I wanted it for the photograph because it was so beautiful. Then we ate eat. At this time we have very few seeds so our supply of Brown Derby plants will be limited.
(This fruit is not related to Tom Wagner's Brown Derby line, arose independently from that line and was named without knowledge of it.)
Photo courtesy of Restoration Seeds.
(Dwarf) Tasmanian Chocolate ($6.25)
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.
Indigo Apple ($6.25)
A real beauty and early ripening. Heavy sets of unripe fruit show lots of purple, which is brought on by the sunlight and will eventually turn almost a true black. This is caused by the high anthocyanin level (the powerful antioxidant found in blueberries). This variety was developed using an original cross made by PKS Heirlooms in Copemish, Michigan. Good sweet tomato flavor. Bred by Brad Gates. Indeterminate, 70 days from transplant.
NEW FOR 2015
Indigo Blue Berries ($6.50)
75 days. You're going to love this tomato! along with very high production in clusters of 6 to 8 fruits, Indigo Blue Berries are a spectacular indigo blue,
1 to 2 ounceswith a snappy, sweet flavor and a gorgeous mahogany-red blossom end. The fruits ripen to shiny, deep midnight-blue, almost raven-black cherries. Quite a conversation piece. I grew it in a container out front and passers-by, kids, grandmas and grandpas, whole families in my neighborhood actually came to the door to ask what it was. A really mind-blowing tomato.
Super Snow White ($6.25) 70 days.
(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. F/C
NEW FOR 2015
Solar Flare ($6.25) 75 days
Another fabulous variety from Brad Gates who brought us Berkeley Tie Dye. The 6 to 10 ounce fruits are meaty and heavy in the hand. This reliably high producer offers intensely old-time tomatoey flavors. Luscious, juicy, rich, sweet, and irresistible.The beauty of this tomato will stop you in your tracks. Gorgeous red, marbled with golden streaks. Good disease resistance and high production will make it a favorite in your garden for years to come.
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