Some Other Gorgeous Colors
NEW FOR 2013 Ananas Noir (Ah nah nahs Nwar) AKA Black Pineapple ($5.95)
82 days.This plant will produce abundant amounts of 1 lb. round, dark-
purple tomatoes with green shoulders.
Another highly regarded black tomato with deep rich tomato flavors inside.
Wait until you cut it open! Thereyou will find a rainbow of color: red, yellow, orange green, pink, a ravishing display that tastes as awesome as it looks. Fabulous texture, taste and production will make this tomato an edible conversation piece and garden-to-table mainstay. ( Y
ou will often see this variety spelled 'Ananas Noire' but teamed with the masculine word for pineapple (ananas),noir should also be in the masculine form without an 'e' on the end.)
Berkeley Tie Dye ($6.25) This rare and wild exotic fruit with big bold luscious flavors looks just like its the name implies -- with spectacular streaks and swirls of green and yellow and red and orange and green dappling inside and out. From 8 to 12 ounces, Berkeley Tie Dye is another fabulous variety from tomato breeder Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms here in California.
A portion of the proceeds of Berkeley Tie Dye will be donated to TACA, Talk About Curing Autism in the names of two very winsome young fellows. Photograph used with the kind permission of Brad Gates.
Big White Pink Stripe ($5.50)
Here's my new favorite white tomato! Ripening to a palest shade of creamy peach, it's brimming with summer's passionate promise of warm-from-the-sun homegrown tomato delight.
At 4 to 5 inches and 1 to 2 lbs, heavy with juice and creamy silken texture, this one is a real knockout. With just the right amount of subtle tang, impress your guests with a slice of Big White Pink Stripe and let its sweet melon-like flavor linger in your mouths as your eyes roll back in head with pure tomato love. Peaches and cream, Baby.
NEW FOR 2013
NEW FOR 2013 Blue Fruit ($5.50) The only tomato with slate-blue coloring. Gorgeous blue and gray hues streaking over a background of muted green, deep purple and mahogany. Fine sweet flavors with the seductive smoky background found in the black tomatoes. 2 to 3 inch,
8 ounce fruits that really stand out on your table. Potato leafed, very productive and extremely rare.
Brown Derby (
($5.95) 75 days. My absolute favorite discovery, no contest. Combining the richness of the black tomatoes and the spiciness of the greens, this is a spectacular cross of my all-time favorite, Paul Robeson, and the legendary Aunt Ruby's German Green.
It arose about 5 years ago in the garden of Maria & Darrell Elser of Elser's Country Farm in Yucaipa, California and they have been selling it to adoring customers at their Southern California heirloom tomato farm stands for several years. The flavor is tantalizing--tart and sweet and smokey, a perfect combination of tang to sweetness with plenty of juice and a rapturous brown and green color. When Amazing Terry and I first tasted it in August, our eyes got wide, we grinned and stared at each other with the 'Oh-my-God-this-is-incredible' look. I could barely believe my mouth.
Elser's Brown Derby has become a much sought after favorite at Maria and Darrell's Farmer's Market stands where customers arrive early to get their hands on one of these treasures. I had to scramble to get this one. True story. Another customer implored me, but I did not budge, wouldn't give it up. I wanted it for the photograph because it was so beautiful. Then we ate eat. At this time we have very few seeds so our supply of Brown Derby plants will be limited.
(This fruit is not related to Tom Wagner's Brown Derby line, arose independently from that line and was named without knowledge of it.)
Snow White ($5.50) 70 days.
(E) A gourmet's delight. I can't say enough about this exquisite, ping pong ball sized, white cherry tomato which ripens from white to ivory to palest yellow with a bright, rich and sweet juicy flavor. Very prolific, easy to grow, pretty as starlight and a top seller. F/C
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