Tuesday, March 2, 2010

About Our Heirloom Tomatoes (part. 1)

Time to showcase a few varieties of heirloom tomatoes!  It will be a neat way to learn about some of the different kinds we grow, what they look like, how they taste, where some of them came from before they get to market! A teaser for those that cannot wait for local vine ripened organic old fashioned real tasting tomatoes!! The early ones have now been transplanted into larger pots for individual thriving growth! The neat thing about these tomatoes is that even the foliage of the plants differs from variety to variety!  Some with potato leaves, some stocky, some bright green, some almost a greyish colour (Pink Zapotec).   Some new ones we are excited about are "Azoychka".  This heirloom is orangy yellow, delicious and rare! 'Tobolsk' is 100 years old "originally from the Urals near the city of Tobolsk, Russia - Sweet, Rare & Precious" says Gary Ibsen, the man I look to for neat and new varieties (www.tomatofest.com). I cannot wait for this one!  I do lean more towards the Russian, Ukrainian & Polish varieties, as that is part of my own family heritage and one day when I begin my seed saving adventures I plan to dig deep into heirlooms from these countries (lots are hardy and more 'rough' and 'tough' and do well in cooler climates!) "Moskovich" is another one, this one being a rich deep red with excellent taste!  I am also hitting Australia this year with "Aussie".  Gary Ibsen describes it by saying: "Dependable, red glossy tomato with rich delicious, bold, rich complex tomatoey flavours!" Wow, can't wait!  For fun this year we've got "Banana Legs" which is bright yellow, meaty and shaped like a banana!  Also "Mortgage Lifter Bi Color". This one I bet will be similar to Striped German that is always very popular!  Any tomato that can help with the mortgage is always welcome!  It is golden yellow with red marbling and the fruits weigh in at 1-2lbs...stay tuned for many other stories, as we are once again growing dozens of different kinds!