Multi-Colored Tomatoes

 

 

  TOP SELLER!

Ananas Noir (aka Black Pineapple) ($7.95 )     

 

A hugely popular tomato, Ananas Noir, French for Black Pineapple, is a stunning fruit -- incredibly beautiful. But what about flavor?

 

What good is all that flashy gorgeousness if the flavor is dull? Well, it's not!  IT IS FABULOUS!

 

Fragrant and sweet, juicy, ambrosial with lingering notes of tropical fruit,  and sunshine, luscious elaborate, unending flavor that lingers on the palate.  One of my all-time favorites, I want you guys to try this one.  It will blow your mind.

 

 

  NEW FOR 2024!

Apricot Zebra ($7.95) 75 days.    

These preciously delicious 2 ounce salad tomatoes are as tasty as they are beautiful.

A stunning shade of tangerine with micro-thin pale green streaking that turns to brilliant yellow that glows in the sunlight -- when that happens it means they are ripe! 

Bigger-than-golf-ball-size fruits are firm but not hard, thin skinned, luscious and bountiful on a sturdy, vigorous disease resistant plant.

Bright, refreshing flavors are backed with scrumptious sweetness making Apricot Zebra a garden treasure that can disappear mysteriously as they begin to ripen.

Apricot Zebra tomatoes are criminally irresistible. Be sure you can trust your Pickin' Person.... because I can't.

 

 

  NEW FOR 2024!

 

Beauty King ($8.25) 80 days   

 

How often does something this gorgeous live up to its beauty with equally stunning flavor and character?

 

I'm disappointed when a beautiful tomato doesn't thrill me with flavor. I grow out many, many varieties each year to be sure your tomatoes have fabulous flavor. Sometimes the first bite is a heartbreak... which we call 'a spitter'.

 

NOT THIS ONE!! Beauty King is probably the finest flavored red and yellow bi-color tomato of all time. A fabulous cross of Big Rainbow and Green Zebra.

 

Very sweet and meaty, regularly reaching a pound. Sometimes up to 20 ounces and high production to boot! You'll be harvest lots of Beauty King tomatoes within only 80 days of planting.

 

Another incredible Brad Gates cross. The release several years ago of Beauty King generated huge excitement in the Heirloom Tomato World.

 

Brad continues to bring unbridled joy to the gardens of the world.  YAY BRAD!!!!! WE LOVE YOU!

 

 

 

 

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Berkeley Tie Dye, Pink ($7.95) 80 days.   

 

This rare and exotic fruit with big, bold, luscious flavors looks just like its name implies with spectacular showy streaks and swirls of green and yellow, red and orange, with green and red patterning inside and out.

 

From 8 to 12 ounces, chefs nationwide are ordering these plants for their restaurant gardens  -- tomato lovers are clamoring for this fabulous variety.

 

Berkeley Tie Dye Pink, the best of the Berkleey Tie Dye line, is another fabulous variety from talented tomato breeder Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms here in California. 

 

Photograph used here with the kind permission of Brad Gates.

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE!: Remember to water sparingly or moderately when your tomatoes start to ripen. Otherwise you'll have a cracked, waterlogged mushy tomato! This goes for ALL of your heirlooms!

 

 

 

 

Blue Chocolate Cherry ($7.95) 75 days.

We are crazy in love with these yummy, gorgeous, 1 oz. ping pong ball chocolate-brown fruits with exotic, blue shoulders.

Another stunner from the Amazing Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms. Perfectly round, ping pong ball size, sweet and rich flavored, they grow on big hearty plants in generous clusters.

These tomatoes hold well on the vine so you can let them stay there when ripe for a few days, they won't get soft and overripe for quite a while.

Blue Chocolate is crack resistant, (yay!) disease resistant (more yay!), easy to grow and a perfect salad and slicing tomato for your family.

This very unusual plant makes a fabulous gift for foodie friends, new and old, looking for something rare and wonderful from the heirloom world to grow in their tomato gardens.

 

 

 

 

Brad's Atomic Grape ($7.95) 75 days     
 
These elongated multi-colored, large grape type tomatoes grow in beautiful, colorful clusters on gorgeous wispy vines. The top seed seller at Wild Boar Farms, I've gotten numerous requests for the plants.
 
Lavender and purple striped at first, then turning to green, red and chocolate brown with deep blue stripes when fully ripe.

Inside, Atomic Grape glows green with a blush of deep red when fully ripe.  Sweet and fragrant, this amazing fruit holds well on the vine and has a long shelf life after picking. Another mind-blowing variety from Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farm, this photograph is Brad's.

 

 

 

Chocolate Stripes ($7.95  )   (B) 80 days.

 

After removing it from the list a few years ago, I was bombarded by horrified customers who could not live without it and were freaked out by not seeing it. So it's back for good. I. Am. So. Sorry.

 

Among the largest of the black tomatoes, this one was among the top 3 winners of TomatoFest 2007. Reaching 2 lbs., ripening to mahogany with dark olive green stripes, these fruits have enormous old-time tomato flavor and an appearance similar to Black Zebra, but huge!

 

 A plentiful harvest, stunning beauty and out-of-this-world taste make Chocolate Stripes a rare treat in your garden.

 

Be sure not to over-water when the fruits are getting ripe because they will crack! Seriously. Be careful. Test the soil, it should be barely damp. If so, turn off the hose and back away.

 

 

  NEW FOR 2024!

Cream Cherry ($7.95) 65 days.     

 

One of the prettiest tomatoes ever. Every Cream Cherry tomato is a golden gem with a dusting of dusky blue at the stem.

 

Growing in great abundance and ripening early make Cream Cherry a precious little treasure in your tomato patch.

 

As they ripen, the flavor becomes increasingly sweet and lovely with vanilla fragrance...like a freshly filled home-baked cream puff.

 

Lovely thin skin and tender yellow flesh add to Cream Cherry's delightful characteristics.

 

Growing on a strong energetic plant, hundreds of these precious fruits greet you, sparkling in the sun as they ripen.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Dark Galaxy ($7.95) 75 days

The amazing Dark Galaxy bears fruits from 4 ounces up to 8 ounces on the same plant!  Layered in deep blue with red and orange stripes covered in random speckles, it is intoxicating to see.

When you taste the first ripe one, in only 75 days from planting out, you will instantly understand all the excitement Dark Galaxy has created in the heirloom world.

Another astounding fruit from Brad Gates, the vines themselves display a purple blush and grow 5-6 feet tall while producing excellent crops of delicious tomatoes that begin to ripen in only 75 days.

The yummy flavors are a perfect balance of tangy-sweetness -- really juicy and refreshing!  Each fruit a unique work of art, no two look alike, making Dark Galaxy a welcome gift for tomato loving friends and a garden-to-table centerpiece!

As it ripens it turns a sensuous, dusky red on the bottom with many shades of dark spots and flecks that almost give it a 3 dimensional look. Uniquely speckled, incredibly delicious, other-worldly, magnificent.

 

 

 

 

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Dragon's Eye ($7.95) 70 days.      

 

Gorgeous, fruity, juicy and sweet, Dragons' Eye tomatoes average about 3 to 5 ounces, grow in incredible delicious bountiful clusters. Perfect for fresh eating and roasting--make the best salsa, too!

 

Beautiful pink-rose fruits have green streaking that turns gold at full ripeness. 

 

They appear shimmery and luminescent as they ripen on the vine --inside , the flesh is deep dark red.  A real workhorse of a tomato, huge production!  This strong plant does beautifully in containers.

 

 

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Green Zebra ($7.95)  (E )       72 days.

 

Visually enchanting, tangy and deeply sweet with lingering flavors. Abundantly productive, this 2-inch round fruit ripens to a beautiful amber gold with deep green zebra-like stripes over the amber background.

 

Inside, the flesh is beautiful, sparkling green.

 

Another wonderful variety from Tom Wagner, it is gorgeous to behold, lingering in the senses like fine wine.  This exquisite tomato was chosen by chef extraordinaire, Alice Waters, for her restaurant, Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. In my top 5.  

 

 

  TOP SELLER for 25 years!

 

Dagma's Perfection ($7.95) (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.

 

"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.

 

 

 

 

   

Hawaiian Pineapple ($7.95) (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.

 

 

 

 

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Northern Lights ($7.95)    (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. The second photograph is a Northern Lights grown by our customer Jan Hughes in 2021. Way to go, Jan.

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

A Laurel's Top Pick !

Ruby Gold   ($7.95)      75 to 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 thisw thing! When I see the multi colored tomatoes on plants ripening into rainbow hues I get lusciously gaga. 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Sunrise Bumblebee ($7.95)     65 days.

 

What can I say?  I've never seen anything prettier in the cherry tomato world.

 

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.

 

Sunrise Bumblebee is plump and bountiful, crammed full of old- time sweet-honey, juicy, pop-in-your-mouth tomato flavors and just as cute as it can be. T

 

his is the tomato you would steal from your neighbors in the middle of the night. But don't. Just leave an empty bowl at their door with note....they will understand.

 

 

 

  Rare and Delightful!

Thunder Mountain ($7.95) 80 days       

This big, stunning10 to 14 ounce beefsteak tomato was developed by Lee Goodwin of J & L Gardens. As the colors developed, they reminded Lee of the sun setting through thunder clouds in New Mexico.

With fruits ripening from deep gold to reddish-orange -- and all the other stormy sunset colors -- he called it Thunder Mountain.  

The flavors are rich, sweet, bold and beautifully balanced, reflecting its marvelous parent lines of Cherokee Purple, Big Rainbow and Bosque Blue.

Not a huge plant, Thunder Mountain grows on a compact vine and produces excellent crops of 10-14 oz., big-shouldered, orange-red-gold tomatoes with deep stormy-ocean blue around the stem and faint yellow streaking here and there. Grows easily everywhere.

J & L Gardens is in New Mexico's Rio Grande Valley where they grow tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, apples and all kinds of specialty crops for restaurants and Farmers' Markets.

 

 

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