The Yellow, Gold and Orange Tomatoes

 

     

     

 

 

      

                                          August, 2016. One day's harvest, 9.5 lbs.

 

Anna Banana Russian ($6.95)     (E)  65 days.

 

I've been waiting a long time for this one, so for me this is tomato heaven; a yellow bull's-heart shaped fruit growing on a rather wispy plant which produces like crazy.

 

I've told anyone who'll listen that Anna Russian was the first heirloom tomato I ever tasted -- and ultimately the reason I'm in this business.

 

To be able to offer this spectacular, accidental yellow version with its dazzling deep yellow skin and dense sweet flesh is beyond thrilling for me. Balanced flavor, sweet with just a little tang in the background and growing on wispy vines just like the original red Anna Russian. Reaching 8 to 12 ounces and producing abundantly in all climates, this lady is a radiant winner.  Some fruits are heart shaped, some beefsteak, right on the same plant. This trait is part of the charm of the heirlooms. Inside you'll find a stunning little pattern of scarlet streaking.

 

NOTE:  I think Anna Banana is the wispiest tomato plant in existence. On the young plants, possibly the most delicate looking foliage of any tomato on Earth -- but as she gets bigger her foliage gets heartier and the tomatoes grow like crazy. Keep that in mind. Hang in there.

 

This variety was grown out and stabilized by Michael Walker of Ellensburg Washington.  Yay, Michael!

 

 

 

Blondkopfchen ( Blond-copf-shen) ($6.75)  75 days.

 

One of the finest tasting cherry tomato in existence, the name of this marvelous German heirloom cutie means Little Blond Head or Little Blond Girl.

 

The big leafy plant produces thousands of to 1" grape-size sparkling yellow-gold cherry tomatoes in phenomenal clusters of 30 fruits per bunch!

 

Delightfully sweet with a citrusy finish, this is the one to try with children who don't think they like tomatoes. As Gary Ibsen of Tomatofest.com says, " Just put one in your mouth and try to keep from smiling!"

 

No cracking, with great disease resistance, this little sweetie grows anywhere and produces right up until frost. Challenging to pronounce, really easy to eat.

 

 

 

 

  TOP SELLER !

 

Dagma's Perfection ($6.75) (E) 72 days.

 

As described by Gary Ibsen, renowned tomato expert, gourmet, author, connoisseur, dear sweet friend and owner of Carmel TomatoFest, who named this extraordinary tomato for his charming and winsome lady wife, and my cousin, Dagma Lacey.

 

"This vigorous and abundant plant offers a bountiful harvest of medium-sized, 3" 12 oz., light yellow beefsteak fruits with beautifully delicate red striping. Deliciously flavorful with lingering sweet overtones of tropical fruit and subtle hints of lime, it is firm, juicy and elegant in the mouth.
 

An enchanting tomato...delightful and jewel-like, just marvelous.

 

Dagma's Perfection is a best seller for us and among the most beautiful tomatoes in the known universe.

 

 

 

Goldfinch $6.95 (Dwarf Plant)    

With big, gorgeous, bi-color yellow tomatoes with deep pink blushes growing on a manageable 4 foot plant, we fell in love with Goldfinch at first bite. The flavor and appearance remind me of Ruby Gold and Dagma's Perfection but on a shrubby plant.

High production, reliable disease resistance, beautiful, delicious, juicy and sweet!

Easy to grow and disease resistant, this dwarf variety will be a delight in your garden.

 

 

   

Hawaiian Pineapple ($6.75) (B) 90 days.

 

A huge, breathtaking and much sought after golden-orange beefsteak with fruit that grows up to 1 - 2 lbs. When fruit is ripe it has a luscious, very rich, sweet pineapple-melon like flavor and heady tropical fragrance.

 

Add the unusually high production of this plant, and it makes my top 10 list. A real knock-out and a top-seller.

 

Photograph of Hawaiian Pineapple is the property of Dianna Theyssen and used here with her gracious permission.

 

 

 

 

 

Jaune Flamme  ($6.75)   (E) 70 days. Very prolific and stunningly beautiful, Jaune Flamme, French for Yellow Flame, is an unforgettable tomato. Intensely orange with a reddish blush on the blossom end, these flame-colored 2 ounce globes have a rich, tangy and exciting flavor that literally bursts in your mouth.

 

Cut open to reveal a red interior, this fruit reminds me of a blood orange with its spectacular contrasting colors.

 

At certain times of day when the light is just right, you'll see the ripening fruits of Jaune Flamme glowing brilliant amber against the background of deep green foliage. This tomato blows my mind.

 

 

 

 

Kellogg's Breakfast ($6.75)     (E) 78 days.

 

Wow whatta tomato!  These big 1 to 2 lb. bright orange beefsteak beauties from West Virginia are exactly the color of orange juice.

 

This terrific fruit with its sweet, buttery, ambrosial flavor with a perfect balance of bright tanginess is a favorite of gourmets and gourmands everywhere.

 

Sliced open, it reveals a rich creamy bright-orange flesh, just bursting with juice. A top seller year after year.

 

 

   

Momotaro Gold ($8.95) (H) 60 to 70 days

 

STOP THE PRESSES!!  This is my new favorite tomato! A stunning summer surprise with scads of 6 to 8 ounce treasures.

 

A very reliable tomato friend told me how fabulous this tomato tasted. "Seriously, Laurel, you gotta grow Momotaro Gold!"

 

So I got seeds and grew out 5 plants in the summer. I watched them grow and ripen, fascinated as they transformed into deeper and deeper shades of gold.

 

Picked the first ripe one in early September with high hopes. Folks, I was blown away. Probably one of the top 10 finest flavored tomatoes... Of. My. Life.

 

Every fruit, perfection. Texture is meaty, silky, not soft or mushy, just perfection. I kept saying."Oh my god. Oh my god." At some point, this marvelous flavor got me to thinking, (hmmm), if Sun Gold was a big tomato, it would taste Just Like This.

 

And so many tomatoes!  Growing on a medium sized plant, not a huge plant, they produced dozens of clusters of gorgeous fruits glimmering in the sun and are still going now, in October!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Northern Lights ($6.75)    (VE) 65 days. 

 

An absolutely striking tomato. This big, heavy 4-5", 10 oz. gorgeous yellow-orange beefsteak, with a red blush on the blossom end and spectacular red patterning in the center, is reminiscent of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, for which it is named.

 

The flavor is sweet, intense, tangy and luscious. This marvelous tomato, only about 60 to 65 days from plant out until ripe fruit, bears beautiful tomatoes right through the cold weather up until the first frost. 

 

 

 

 

Oaxacan Jewel ( Pronounced wah HAH cahn) ($6.75)      80 days.

This divine fruit was the top vote-getter from my poll last season: "Which 3 tomatoes from past years do you want me to bring back?"

This big, gorgeous 12 to 16 oz. gem racked up more votes than any other variety with Julia Child and Black From Tula tied for second.

Large, luscious, tropical-fruit-like tomato is a real head-turner in tomato gardens and because it produces so many fruits you won't mind giving away a few. A few.  Sublime flavors, ample juice, disease resistance and high production make Oaxacan Jewel one of the finest big slicing tomatoes in the world.  Tomato sandwiches will never be the same.

 

 

 

Ruby Gold AKA Gold Medal ($6.75)       85 days.

 

A stunning beauty with thrilling, sweet tropical flavors, this was my hands-down favorite for 2016. I could not be without it.

 

Ruby Gold has gigantic flavor, rivaling Cherokee Purple and Brandywine -- it may be as good as Paul Robeson. Cut it open, take a bite and prepare to have your mind blown.

 

Awesome color, huge flavor,  gorgeous and delicious. So prolific! I am getting dozens of tomatoes from one plant in a 30 gallon SmartPot.

 

I have a special fondness for the multi-hued tomatoes because-- well, look at this thing!

 

First offered to American gardeners in 1921 by John Lewis Childs seed company in New York, Ruby Gold was rediscovered in West Virginia in 1967 by the legendary Ben Quisenberry. Craig LeHoullier got seeds in 1987 from John Hartman of Indiana, and here it is...for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Sun Gold ($6.95)     (EE) (H) 55 days. 

 

This is the one of the best cherry tomatoes I've ever tasted, rivaling Isis Candy, and ready to pick in only 55-60 days. It has the big, rich flavor of a full-size tomato, in a beautiful little deep-golden fruit growing in bountiful clusters on a huge plant.

 

Sweet, rich, so beautiful...just left of center in top photo. Most of them won't make it into your house from the garden. If you send someone to pick them for you, keep your binoculars trained upon the picker.  There might be a ruckus.

 

 

 

Sunrise Bumblebee ($6.95)

 

What can I say?  I've never seen anything prettier in the cherry tomato world. Huge harvests, too. This a very special cherry tomato, an astounding artisan variety. Please put this plant into your garden -- but remember -- it will make you way too popular. Looks amazing in a salad with Purple Bumblebee.

 

Sunrise Bumblebee is plump and bountiful, crammed full of old- time sweet, juicy, pop-in-your-mouth tomato flavors and just as cute as it can be. This is the tomato you would steal from your neighbors in the middle of the night. But don't; grow your own.   

 

 

 

 

Summer Cider ($6.95)    

 

Oh. My. God.

 

Had my first taste of this big, fragrant, spectacular 2 pound fruit when I bought one at Elser's Country Farm Stand at our local farmers' market 10 2010. I brought it home, sliced it in half and starting eating. Lost my mind. This is one of the most incredibly delicious tomatoes I have ever tasted.

 

Refreshing, juicy, fruity, very sweet, tangy, sublime.  Meaty, full flavored, ambrosial.  Love it.

 

 

 

Wee Tang Shebang (Dwarf plant) ($6.75) 55 - 60 days

 

Another dazzling heirloom from legendary tomato breeder Tom Wagner.

 

Although I don't know if Sun Gold is in its parent line, if you love Sun Gold, this is the plant for you!

 

I would describe Wee Tang Shebang as  a petite plant, not technically from the Dwarf Tomato Project, but a dwarf plant nonetheless. Producing scads of gorgeous golden-orange tomatoes with all the dazzling flavor of Sun Gold, it's a small plant, about 2 to 3 ft tall and covered with tomatoes.

 

Ellie Pong of Bunny Hop Seeds sent me a sample of this one a couple of years ago.  Adrienne loved the name and grew out some plants in our nursery. When it started producing I asked her, "Hey, what the heck is that?" She said, "Look at the label, Mom."

 

The flavor is SO good, I chose it over any other dwarf golden-yellow-orange cherry plants. A thousand times tastier. Crack resistant.

 

(Of the 30 in Adrienne's photograph, only one cracked! (YAY!)

 

You will love the high production in clusters of 8 to 10 fruits. So easy to grow, small yet indeterminate, grows and grows and grows for the whole season, starting early!

 

Disease resistant, produces right up until frost without losing any of its marvelous flavor.

 

 

 

This photograph of Summer Cider is the property of Dianna Theyssen and used here with her gracious permission.

 

 

 

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