Medium Size Red Tomatoes

 

 

 

  Top Seller

Anthony's Passionate Heart ($7.95) 78 days        

 

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:  Go toTomatofest.com

 

 

 

 

  New For 2022!

Belle Rouge( $7.95


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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 fragrant 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, heavy with juice, shaped like bells and double-bell hearts, 6-8 ounce fruits.

 

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.

 

 

  SUPER EARLY RIPENING! Only 52 days.

Bloody Butcher ($7.95


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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    

The legendary Campari is one of the greatest flavored tomatoes ever grown. This de-hybridized version of the original Campari hybrid has the same outstanding flavor, high productivity and bright red color as the hybrid.

Meaty and juicy, Campari is a delight in your salads, sandwiches and for sauce and canning.

The 2" to 3" inch brilliant red fruits on a compact plant grow in clusters of  9 to 13 perfect tomatoes. Featured prominently in a 2002 episode of The Sopranos, customers have asked us for it over and over. Seeds were not available then, but now that it is open-pollinated (a 'new' heirloom), we have the plants for you!

 

 

 

Photograph one  is the property of Steve Masley of Grow It Organically

Carmello  ($7.95


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      (E)   68 days.

 

This fabulous and extremely popular French tomato is a great favorite among my customers and top seller. De-hybridized years ago by Gary Ibsen, it's a very reliable and bountiful, you'll be hauling them in by the basketful.

 

The Carmello plant in my garden proved to be disease resistant, anl producer of heavy, juicy, 8 oz. red fruits with immense flavor. This plant is among the most prolific ever bred and produces so many fruits you will be giving td produced through late December with night temperatures about 42 degrees.

The flavor alone puts it in my top 10. Wait 'til you see all the tomatoes on this plant; bring the big harvest basket.

 

 

   A Laurel's TOP PICK!

Delicious! High production. Grows to about 5 feet.

 

 

Dirty Girl  ($7.95)      (E)  Ripens in only 65 days. 

 

I am crazy about the name of this incredibly delicious, high producing, open-pollinated version of Early Girl! 

 

It was de-hybridized by Joe Schirmer, owner of Dirty Girl Produce in Santa Cruz California. An organic grower, Joe spent the last 7 years growing out Early Girl into an open-pollinated version of Early Girl -- what we call a 'new' heirloom.

 

Dirty Girl produces in only 60 to 65 days, giving you huge harvests of perfect, yummy, 3 to 4 ounce salad size, red tomatoes with all the great qualities of Early Girl -- high production, early ripening and strong plants, with some added attractions for gardeners-- and far richer flavor and a bonus; you can save seeds!

 

Joe named this tomato 'Dirty Girl' after his wife with whom he operates Dirty Girl Produce. Yay Joe! 

 

If you've got a wife, mother, daughter, girlfriend or girl pal who spends a lot of time in the garden, this is the tomato for her. My customers love buying this one as a gift for their Dirty Girl Gardeners!

 

Surprise your Dirty Girl!  Go see!

 

 

  NEW FOR 2024!

Druzba  (DROOSH-Bah) ($7.95) 78 days.             

 

The Perfect Main-Crop Red Tomato

 

This is your perfect main-crop red, round tomato. A favorite for gift giving! Do you love a gardener? Druzba is a Bulgarian word meaning friendship. It is the perfect gift for the gardener who has everything!

 

Very robust, highly intense tomato flavor in  smooth, perfectly round, deep-red, blemish-free 7 to 10 oz. fruit with outstanding disease resistance.

 

Bright sparkling color, huge flavor, rich meaty texture. Reliably easy to grow, every Druzba tomato is a magical treasure.

 

Druzba is a very special favorite of mine which I grow every season in my personal stash. Anyone who tries it goes berserk with tomato love.

 

Perfect texture, firm but not hard. Thin skin, extraordinary flavor and very high production.

 

Try it! You'll never want to be without it.

 

 

 

 

 

Florida 91 ($9.95) (Hybrid) 72 days. (D) (E)
 

I have chosen Florida 91 as the perfect plant for my customers in extreme high heat areas who want to have a tomato plant that keeps producing in high summer heat. This specialty tomato, a very heat tolerant hybrid variety has the 'heat gene' and produces delicious, bright red, 10 ounce, rich, sweet full-flavored tomatoes in only 72 to 80 days. 

 

This is my favorite big red hybrid. Excellent flavor!

 

A small determinate plant, growing to about 3 feet, this variety sets fruit easily during high heat, when days are up to 97 or hotter and night temperatures are 73 to 82. Very disease resistant.

 

Ideal for slicing onto sandwiches and salads, these sweet yummy tomatoes ripen to be firm, solid, and resistant to cracking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goldman's Italian-American ($7.95) 80 days.        

 

Due to unprecedented customer requests, I am including this marvelous tomato again! Heirloom Guru Extraordinaire, Amy Goldman, found this delightful full-figured, big-flavored tomato at a roadside stand in Cernobbio, Italy and named it after her father's Brooklyn, NY grocery store.

 

With very few seeds, Goldman's Italian-American is a terrific choice for cooking--makes a very silky sauce, creamy paste and adds some magic to soups and stews. 

 

Pear shaped, blood red, juicy and meaty, growing to about 12 to 16 ounces with a beguiling ruffled shape, it is in such high demand that seeds are often sold out everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

Italian Heirloom ($7.95)       (P-S) 85 days.

 

The name says it all. A fabulous classic from Italy and a top seller here.

 

Very high production-- loads of fat, juicy, delicious, 5 to 10 oz. brilliant red, meaty, some slightly pear-shaped tomatoes, some more rounded, with an abundance of rich, complex flavors you'd expect from the best Italian varieties.

 

This tomato is revered by the Italians for its BIG taste and high production. Whether for fresh eating or cooking, you will fall in love with Italian Heirloom.

 

The photo of sliced Italian Heirloom is from our customer Julie Smolarek of Corvallis Oregon. Thank you Julie!

 

 

 

 

  A Laurel's favorite!

Jutland ($7.95 )    (E) 72 days. (Pronounced Jut-land or Yoot-lahn)

 

This is my new 'go to' variety for the best dang tomato for BLT's. A perfect 3 to 5 ounce, thin-skinned, plum shaped tomato, some smooth, some with a pointed tip and the most sublime flavor we've found in a tomato this season.

 

It appears in several different shapes on the same plant -- some very elongated, some short and plump, and, as with many tomatoes of this shape, the foliage is sort of wispy. This is less than half of one day's ripe harvest picked from one plant on August 12th -- my kids and grandkids took the rest of them.  "Dang it, put that back! Wait'll we take the picture!!"

 

Sliced into 'coins' it is my new favorite for salads, sandwiches and cooking. Trust me. Try this one.

 

Juicy, sweet, tangy, delicious, old-fashioned tomato flavor make Jutland a must-grow for the most dedicated and adventuresome heirloom tomato fans.

 

 

SWEET!

 

Momotaro  ($9.95) (H) (VE)     62 days.

 

You like sweet tomatoes? This very popular early-ripening hybrid variety, (and Dolly Parton's favorite tomato), is being offered due to hundreds of requests from my customers who have found Momotaro fruits at Farmer's Markets.

 

(The seeds are among the most expensive among the hybrid varieties.)

 

It is exceptionally sweet, low-acid, juicy and just beautiful with a very long shelf life.

 

The 6 to 8 ounce fruits are a stunning shade of pink, full flavored, luscious and bountiful on the vine, with superb disease resistance.

I smuggled one into an heirloom tasting party, and the folks loved it.

 

The revelation that it was a hybrid was a splendid surprise to the gathered heirloom aficionados and motley crew of tomato gourmets and gourmands. Created quite a ruckus.

 

Named for an ancient legend of Momotaro, or Peach Boy, Momotaro was a baby boy found inside a giant peach by childless peasant farmers who had longed for a child of their own. He grew to be a famous warrior for peace. Among his many achievements: conquering, and then encouraging the ogres of Ogre Island to stop pillaging and be nice ogres. Each year the Momotaro festival in Japan celebrates the legend of this brave and wondrous child.

 

 

 

 

 

San Marzano Redorta ($7.95)    80 days.

 

The best of the Italian sauce tomatoes, this big, luscious high-producing Roma type fruit is named for Pizzo di Redorta, (Redorta Peak) one of the highest peaks in the Bergamo Alps of Lombardy, Northern Italy.

 

At 8 to 10 ounces-- with reports of up to 16 ounces-- and 4" to 6" long, it is a much larger tomato with much better flavor than its cousin, San Marzano.

 

San Marzano Redorta is marvelously rich, extremely productive and good enough to eat fresh, right off the vine.

 

 

 

 

   NEW FOR 2024!

Strawberry Margarita ) $7.95) 80 days.

I am so thrilled to introduce you to Strawberry Margarita!

This is a rare treat. A big lush and fruity, strawberry-red, 8 to 14 oz. tomato  -- a tasty treat for you to grow in your heirloom tomato garden! 

Juicy, delicious and reliable, producing copious harvests right up to frost -- dozens of gorgeously brilliant, bright red tomatoes. Just perfect.

With a brilliant, stunning color, some fruits are smooth, some are ever-so-slightly fluted. And so beautiful!  

When the sun hits the ripening skin, it glimmers and glows like a stoplight. Some fruits might have a few faint streaks of soft pink or apricot!  Really easy to grow in containers or in your main garden.

Homepage: See All 70 varieties: www.heirloomtomatoplants.com