Pink and Purple Tomatoes
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(HG)(E) 78 days. 1884 is a superbly flavored old-time tomato which grows on a strong vigorous plant and produces big luscious 2 lb. deep dark pink fruit with luxurious flavor and sets fruit readily in hot weather. It is said that the original seeds were discovered in 1884 by a Mr. Williamson in the debris after the big flood in Friendly, West Virginia. This grand fruit has taken top mention year after year in tomato tastings all over the country. Easy to grow and very productive. Marvelous for fresh eating and makes a luscious sauce.
Amish Rose ($7.95) 80 days.
Simple name, yes? This lovely old time 10 to 12 oz. Amish tomato that has been one of my favorites for more then 20 years. With rich, sweet, Brandywine-like flavor, strong growth reliability and classic old time nuance, it is a magical inhabitant in your garden.
This is a classic, fabulously flavored tomato that I want you to grow so you will know what I know.
I have been getting requests for Rose for years after it was featured in a PBS radio show in 2009.
The host spoke of how her late Mom had grown this tomato and she'd saved her Mom's Rose seeds for 40 years. She lost the seed packet during a move and was devastated. I called the station to leave a message that I knew this tomato and could find it, that I had seeds.
We had a very emotional conversation when we realized her Mom and I were huge fans of this extraordinary tomato and that I had seeds. It called to mind my Mama -- who brought me my first heirloom tomato, Anna Russian, more than 30 years ago.
So here it is for your garden.
Black Bear($7.95) 85 days.
Black Bear is on of those excellent fruits with the giant, complex flavors we adore in the big purple-black tomatoes. Full , complex, and SO satisfying to bite into.
Because it's so meaty, it's easy to slice thin or thick for sandwiches, or cut into wedges for salads or in half for seasoning and roasting. And...straight up feasting right in the garden!
Thick, smooth flesh with lots of juice. Meaty and luscious -- disease resistant with really high production.
Cherokee Purple ($7.95) (HG) (E) 70 days.
A legendary and beautiful tomato, at least 100 years old and grown by the Cherokee People.
12 oz. deep dark dusky rose-purple, deep red inside, with sweet, rich and smoky, luscious flavor.
Cherokee Purple is a garden staple, in everyone's favorite list for a good reason, disease resistant, reliable and easy to grow, and great one for your heirloom or heritage garden.