Pink and Purple Tomatoes
1884 ($6.75) (B) (
(HG)(E) 78 days. 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.
Amish Rose ($6.75) 80 days.
Simple name, yes? This lovely old time 10 to 12 oz. Amish tomato that has been one of my favorites for more then 20 years. With rich, sweet, Brandywine-like flavor, strong growth reliability and classic old time nuance, it is a magical inhabitant in your garden.
This is a classic, fabulously flavored tomato that I want you to grow so you will know what I know.
I have been getting requests for Rose for years after it was featured in a PBS radio show in 2009.
The host spoke of how her late Mom had grown this tomato and she'd saved her Mom's Rose seeds for 40 years. She lost the seed packet during a move and was devastated. I called the station to leave a message that I knew this tomato and could find it, that I had seeds.
We had a very emotional conversation when we realized her Mom and I were huge fans of this extraordinary tomato and that I had seeds. It called to mind my Mama -- who brought me my first heirloom tomato, Anna Russian, more than 30 years ago.
So here it is for your garden.
Anna Russian ($6.75) (VE)
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.
Its perfect heart shape in colors ranging from pink to red make it very special indeed.
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.
NOTE: I want you to know that Anna Russian has droopy wispy foliage as do many of the heart-shaped tomatoes. 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!
Bear Claw ($6.75) 75 days
The tomatoes in the second photo weighed 2.9 lbs and 3.2 lbs. Picked and eaten September 12th. Yum.
I'd been hearing about this extremely rare fruit in heirloom tomato circles--everyone wanted it! We've got it! Incredibly high production.
From Lisa VonSaunder of Amishland Seeds, "A fabulous tomato in every way you can measure. A huge tomato with some of the most outstanding flavors I've ever known. I never saw tomato plants grow so large so fast. Huge plant with stems like tree trunks.
The first tomatoes of the season were one pound, then the fruit started coming in larger and larger and larger until they were the largest of all my tomatoes this season. Fabulous deep, rich, pink fruit that beat all the others in taste.
They grew so large the branches were drooping even with one fruit on them. So, if you want to win first place for size but you treasure flavor above all else, this is the tomato to grow! Do you want to have the most tomatoes ever grown on a vine? Then this is the plant for you!
Photographs by: Dianna Theysse of Ingalls, Indiana. Mike Alterowitz of Montana. Photo of 2 fruits on a table is mine.
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