It must be spring. The birds are singing and here is our tomato list for 2012.
AILSA CRAIG Mid-season. Highly regarded in the British Isles, this variety does well in similar Maritime climates. A famous and dependable heirloom, which produces 2″ red fruit on compact 3 ft. vines.
AMAZON CHOCOLATE Tomatoes are slightly flattened, 3”-4” ovals. Full flavour. Early to mid season. Indeterminate. 80 DAYS.
AMISH PASTE Paste. Prolific producer of pointed, red, 6-8 ounce fruit with a teardrop shape. Meaty fruit is juicy with an outstanding flavour. An Amish heirloom. Few seeds and makes a tasty sauce. Indeterminate. Late – 85 days.
AUNT RUBY’S GERMAN GREEN Late. Huge, 1-2 lb. juicy beefsteak-type tomatoes are a lovely pale green with a pink interior. Sweet, spicy flavour makes this heirloom variety a favourite with many tomato lovers. Pick by touch, not appearance- ripe when soft to the touch. Heirloom from Ruby Arnold of Tennessee. Indeterminate; 80 days.
BANANA LEGS Early. Determinate plants have beautiful lacy foliage and loads of elongated yellow/orange mildly flavoured fruit. Eye-catching; adds colour to salads and good in tomato sauce.
BEEFSTEAK A popular heirloom with very large, deep red tomatoes. Good, rich tomato flavour. Late.
BLACK GIANT Large, purple-black fruit weigh 6-14 oz. Very productive and begins bearing early. A favourite of collectors. Fantastic flavour – a rich blend of acids and sugars really makes the taste stand out. Delicious. Early to mid season.
BLACK ZEBRA Dark crimson skin striped in green. A most bizarre tomato. Medium size. 80 days.
BONNIE BEST Looking for a good, old-fashioned, red tomato with great, old-fashioned flavour? Bonnie Best will fit the bill. Produces an abundance of 6-10 oz, smooth, red fruit on a medium sized plant. Introduced in the early 1900s and still very popular today. Good fresh, in sauces, salads and canned. Mid season – 75 days.
BRANDYWINE An Amish heirloom, introduced before 1885. Winner of many taste tests due to its complex, tangy flavour. Thin-skinned with tasty, low acid fruit. Large, beefsteak type which produces huge tomatoes up to 1 lb. Potato leaf foliage. Not a heavy producer. Mid season to late – 75 to 90 days.
BRANDYWINE YELLOW Large beefsteak, juicy. Introduced before 1885. Indeterminate. 80 days.
BULGARIAN TRIUMPH Round slicer, 2” – 3”. Very tasty, juicy, heavy producer. Best eaten right off the vine. Mid-season.
CHEROKEE CHOCOLATE Late. A chocolate-coloured relative of Cherokee Purple. Fruits have succulent dark flesh that is tangy and sweet. This variety produces great yields of 8-12 oz fruit. Large, sprawling vines need caging or staking. Productive. Fruit ripens from orange to rich brownish-red. Indeterminate; 85 days.
CHEROKEE PURPLE From Tennessee, pre 1890. Unique, dusky rose tomatoes with a very sweet, rich, smoky flavour. Productive plants with potato leaf foliage produces heavy crops of 12 oz. fruit. Can stand dry conditions. Indeterminate. Mid to late season – 75-80 days.
CHRISTMAS GRAPE Highly productive plants bear a steady stream of red, 1″ cherries that are borne in clusters of 10-20. Incredibly sweet tomato flavour. Indeterminate; 75 days.
COYOTE Small yellow fruit. Said to be a wild variety from Vera Cruz, Mexico. Prolific yields. Mouth-popping flavour. Indeterminate; 60 days.
GEZAHNTHE Mid-season. Very productive and sweeter than you would expect for such an odd looking tomato. Fruit sets in clusters. Meaty flesh with very few seeds, good in sauces, paste and for stuffing.
GLAMOUR A very popular old variety, and still one of the best. Medium to large red tomatoes with excellent flavour. Good on bacon and tomato sandwiches, fresh in salads and a good size for canning and sauces. Crack resistant. Indeterminate. Mid season – 75 days.
GOLDEN JUBILEE Bright golden orange on a vigorous, productive plant. Meaty interior with good flavour. Low acid. Mid-season.
GOLDEN NUGGET One of the earliest tomatoes to ripen, season after season. Round, yellow cherry tomatoes with a rich sweet taste when fully ripe. Small, bushy plants. 60 days. Indeterminate.
GREEN SAUSAGE Beautiful, elongated, 4″ fruits are green with yellow stripes. Rich, sweet flavour. Shorty bushy plants do not need trellising, just a stake. Very heavy yields. Determinate; 75 days.
HAWAIIAN PINEAPPLE Large, yellow and red fruit with excellent flavour. Sweet and juicy. Indeterminate; 80 days.
HENDERSON‘S PINK PONDEROSA Introduced in 1891 by Peter Henderson & co. Huge tomatoes weigh up to 2 lbs and are very meaty – unusual for such a large tomato. Dark pink colour with a mild, very sweet taste. Good for slicing or canning. Mid season – 75 day
LANDRY’S RUSSIAN Early. A Canadian heirloom, which should yield well in our climate. Brought to the prairies by Russian immigrants. Indeterminate plant with 2-3″, round, salad-style fruit. Great flavour, high yields.
LIZ’S MOTHER Beefsteak size. Incredibly tasty – one of our favourites and a sure-fire producer. Late season.
MATT’S WILD Very small, red cherry tomatoes look like currants. Very productive vines will produce right up to the first frost. Sweet and tasty, with a tender, smooth texture. High sugar content. Delicious eaten straight off the vine, in salads or salsa. Very tall vines. These grow wild in Mexico. Indeterminate. Early to mid season – 60 days
MORTGAGE LIFTER Large, meaty, red beefsteak tomatoes. Many weigh over 1 lb. Great flavour and a good slicer with few seeds. Plants are highly productive, vigorous and disease resistant. Many of our customers come back for this one each year. According to the story, a 1930’s-era farmer who was about to lose his farm because he could not meet the mortgage payments planted a crop of this tomato, which produced so heavily and was so popular that he was able to pay off his mortgage with the proceeds. Early.
MRS BOTT’S ITALIAN Flat, paste tomatoes are slightly ribbed. Excellent flavour. Heavy yields. Indeterminate; 80 days.
OLD FLAME Up to 1pound fruit ripens to a sunny yellow shot through with rose red. Beautiful marbleized effect when sliced. Sweet mild flavour with a creamy textured flesh.
OXHEART Mid-season. Large, solid. Pink, heart-shaped fruit weighing up to 2 lb. Few seeds and excellent, sweet, rich flavour. Wispy foliage on 3′ vines. Good slicer on sandwiches, and excellent for sauce or canning. Very meaty. Produces well in cold weather. Indeterminate; 80 days.
PAUL ROBESON A Russian heirloom, named to honour the famous singer and human rights advocate Paul Robeson. Rich, beautiful colour, cola-red beefsteak-type tomato. Wonderful sweet and tangy flavour, overall great tomato which produces well. 80 days.
POMME d’AMOUR Very old heirloom with pale red skins and terrific flavour. Grows in large clumps. Indeterminate. Mid-season.
PRINCIPE BORGHESE Compact bushy plants with a large crop of small 1 oz. red fruit. Used for dried tomatoes in Italy. Good in sauces. Mid-season.
PURPLE CALABASH Purple Calabash has the distinction of being called the ugliest tomato in the world. But its flavour makes up for its appearance. Fruit is large, 3-6″, ruffled and convoluted in shape and brownish-pink in colour. Excellent, sweet, smoky flavour. Very productive. Can tolerate drought. Vines measure 4-6′. 80 days.
RED FIG Grown in American gardens since the 18th century, which makes it old, even for an heirloom.. Very heavy yields of 1.5″ pear-shaped tomatoes. Great for fresh eating. Used as a substitute for figs years ago by gardeners who would pack away crates of dried tomatoes for winter use. Indeterminate; 85 days.
RED STRIPED ROMAN Early. A stunning and unique orange-yellow tomato with red, zigzag striping. Mid-size., excellent flavour, meaty, good for drying, paste or sauces.
RED ZEBRA Fire engine red with bright yellow stripes. Golf-ball-sized. Sweet. Mid-season.
RIESENTRAUBE Mid-season. Rare and remarkable German heirloom meaning “giant bunch of grapes”. Unusual as it bears red 1 oz. pear-shaped fruits in large clusters of 20–30. Hundreds per plant. Excellent salad tomato. Prolific plants are large and bushy and require little care.
ROCKY Long, narrow, red paste tomatoes on very vigorous vines which will need a good stake. Very productive and tasty. Good in sauce and salad. Indeterminate. 75 days.
ROSE de BERNE Dark pink, medium sized tomatoes with a perfect globe shape. Smooth, round and blemish free. One of the prettiest tomatoes we’ve ever grown. This Swiss heirloom is a heavy producer. Thin skinned, juicy fruit with a zingy, sweet flavour and few seeds. Yummy on sandwiches or in salads. A favourite here. Mid season. Indeterminate; 80 days.
RUFFLED RED Large, ruffled and pleated fruit – a real show stopper. Mild taste. Good for stuffing. 80 days.
RUTGERS Paste. Another favourite. Round, red fruit are good in sauces, great for canning, and fresh eating. Productive, a good, main crop tomato. Mid season – 75 days.
SAN MARZANO Mid-season. Classic Italian paste variety with rich tomato flavour. Good crack resistance and very productive. Great for sauces, canning or for drying. Many gardeners brag that San Marzano makes the best tomato sauce. Medium vines. Indeterminate; 75 days.
SICILIAN SAUCER Huge, ribbed red beefsteak fruit that average 2lbs but can grow even larger. Thick, juicy, meaty flesh.90 days. Indeterminate.
SPECKLED ROMA Gorgeous 3” wide by 5” long fruit with jagged orange and yellow stripes. Great tomato taste, ideal for canning. Productive. Few seeds. Indeterminate. 85 days.
STUPICE This Czechoslovakian heirloom is famous because it is so early and continues to produce all season. The fruit is red, juicy and measures between 2 and 4 oz. Great flavour. Excellent fresh, on sandwiches and in salads. Ripens well in northern climates. Dwarf vine with potato leaves does not require staking. Early – 55 to 65 days.
TAPPY’S HERITAGE Round, red tomatoes weigh up to 6 oz. Outstanding full-bodied sweetness, thick and meaty flesh. Excellent disease and insect resistance., Wonderful, all-round tomato, quite rare. Superb for market growers, with good disease resistance, great yields, perfect shape, excellent sweet full flavour and meaty texture. Indeterminate.
VALLEY GIRL Delicious pink cherries. Heavy yields. Indeterminate; 75 days.
YELLOW PEAR A very old variety from the early 1800s. Small, sweet, juicy tomatoes with a pear shape are produced in clusters. Low acid and mild flavour. Easy to grow. Productive, borne on long, 6’ vines. Late – 75 to 80 days