Medium Size Red Tomatoes
Anthony's Passionate Heart ($7.95)
Big, red heart shaped 1 lb. fruits on a plant that withstands every type of weather. A marvelous tomato with rich, bold, fruity-sweet flavors and a perfect balance of acidity.
This is our premier presentation for 2020 in honor of Tony's legacy: Food will always bring families, neighborhoods, cities and countries together, gathered at the table. Nothing to fight about, everything to love.
In our garden it kept producing through prolonged heat waves in the high 90's when other plants gave up the ghost. Now it continues to grow as cooler weather arrives. No cracking, high production, dreamy texture, disease free. A real winner.
In the words of Gary Ibsen of Tomatofest who developed it, "Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef and author who explored the cuisines, culture, joys and essentials of human existence around the world. He was an icon to me, and many others, who love food and cooking as a most enjoyable way of gathering people together to celebrate our humanity."
Seeds are available here:
New For 2022!
Belle Rouge( $7.95
) 75 days
One Sunday morning in 2014 during an open house plant sale at my nursery, a handsome young Frenchman waited in line to chat with me. :) He had been visiting a friend nearby who told him about us.
When he got to my table he held out to me a tiny vial of tomato seeds. A perfume sample vial.
This charming traveler from Le Mans, in Northwestern France, where the Oceanic Belt influence creates
tomatoes with complex, layered flavors, had been given the seeds by his aunt. She grew them in one of the huge community gardens for which Le Mans is famous (along with auto production and motor racing).
He could not remember what type of fruit it was, just that it was magnifique! And as yet unnamed.
The vial was so tiny, I misplaced it for years. Adrienne finally found it this spring wedged at the bottom of a harvest basket which had been on the table all those years ago.
We were thrilled to grow out this mystery seed and find out what it was! We planted the seeds, Adrienne called it 'Perfume Sample". I made 'Perfume Sample' labels for the plants we grew out.
To our delight, those magical seeds produced the most beautiful, full flavored tomatoes starting out a pale, delicate orange, then ripening to deepest red, 'rouge' in French, meaty,
shaped like bells and double-bell hearts, 6-8 ounce fruits.
heavy with juice,
And the flavor is, yes, magnifique! In Adrienne's photo you can see one of the 'double' fruits.
So beautiful! With out-of-this-world flavors, heavy in the hand, complex, layered and fragrant. So I named this French beauty Belle Rouge.
Only 52 days.
SUPER EARLY RIPENING!
Bloody Butcher ($7.95
F/C(EE) 52 days.
This marvelous early ripening fruit has an unmatched, spectacular deep red hue--juicy with an intense lingering flavor. The 4 ounce round red 2" to 3" fruits have a rich silky texture and grow in great abundance on potato leafed vines.
With its bountiful harvest month after month, the strong depth of flavor in Bloody Butcher has made it a favorite among tomato gourmands worldwide. A favorite for canning.
Campari ($7.95) 65 days