The Yellow, Gold and Orange Tomatoes
Azoychka (Ah-ZOYCH-kah) ($5.95) 65 days. (E) One of the first to ripen in your garden, this juicy, scrumptious, lemon-yellow, 7 to 9 ounce tomato has a rich, lingering sweetness with a fine touch of acidity. Ripening in only 65 days from planting out, it has a delightful yet subtle hint of citrusy flavor. A spectacular Russian heirloom, Azoychka has become a favorite of chefs and tomato lovers worldwide.
Blondkopfchen ( Blond- koff-shen) ($5.95) 75 days. Easily the finest tasting cherry tomato in existence, the name of this marvelous German heirloom cutie means 'Little Blond Head or Little Blond Girl. The big leafy plant produces thousands of 1/2 " grape-size sparkling yellow-gold cherry tomatoes in phenomenal clusters of 30 fruits per bunch! Delightfully sweet with a citrusy finish, this is the one to try with children who don't think they like tomatoes. As Gary says, " Just put one in your mouth and try to keep from smiling!" No cracking, with great disease resistance, this little sweetie grows anywhere and produces right up until frost.
Brandywine Yellow, Platfoot Strain ($5.95) 85 days.
(B)From Gary Platfoot of Ohio, this magnificent big 1 to 2 pound brightly-colored smooth-shaped yellow tomato with marvelous complex taste is a special strain of Yellow Brandywine which has a higher yield than regular Yellow Brandywine and offers the same elaborate, delicious tomato flavor. Gardeners who try this variety continue to grow it in their gardens. Disease resistant and very easy to grow. It's a classic. I love it.
Dagma's Perfection ($5.95) (E) 72 days.
As described by Gary Ibsen, renowned tomato expert, gourmet, author, connoisseur, and owner of Carmel TomatoFest, who named this extraordinary tomato for his charming and winsome lady love. 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.
($5.95) (E) 70 days. Very prolific and stunningly beautiful, Flammé is an unforgettable tomato. Intensely orange with a reddish blush on the blossom end, these flame-colored 2 ounce globes have a rich, tangy and exciting flavor that literally bursts in your mouth. Cut open to reveal a red interior, this fruit reminds me of a blood orange with its spectacular contrasting colors. Fruits of Flammé appear to glow on the vine against a backdrop of deep green foliage. Just marvelous.
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry
($5.95) 75 days. (HG)
This very old variety from the 1830's is a brilliant 1" to 1½" yellow cherry tomato with big sweet flavors that explode in your mouth with an elegant irresistible pop! Just try to get more than a handful into the house after picking them vine-ripened and warmed from the summer sun. A rare treat. Huge harvests. Incredibly prolific. One of the the best tasting yellow cherries and you will have enough to give them away by the basketful. Originally from John Hartman of J.M. Hartman & Daughters seed company in InDiannapolis, InDianna.
To quote William Woys Weaver: "The vines are long, rambling to 8 or 10 feet, and thus require staking. The fruit hangs in clusters of 6 to 8, and individual tomatoes are larger than a true gooseberry, and well flavored. The fruit color is lemon yellow. This variety is one of the first to come to fruit, and it remains productive until frost. The plants are somewhat frost tolerant at 28° to 32° F."
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry photograph courtesy of my good friend Lisa Von Saunder of Amishland Heirloom Seeds www.amishlandseeds.com in Pennsylvania. Want some really rare seeds? Go see her website.
Hawaiian Pineapple ($5.95) (B) 90 days. A huge, breathtaking and much sought after golden-orange beefsteak with fruit that grows up to 1-1/2 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.
Hillbilly ($5.95) (BB) (E) 78 days. This old time heirloom from the hills of West Virginia, growing to 2 lbs., has stunning yellow and red dappled skin with sunset-hued rainbow stripes inside; makes gorgeous slices. Very sweet. Another top vote getter at TomatoFest in Carmel, California. This one has sold out early every year.
Truffleaka Japanese Yellow Trifele($5.95) 80 days.
If you like sweet tomatoes, this charmer is for you. With a beguiling shape and rich taste along with heavy production, the 4 to 6 ounce Yellow Truffle is a fabulous addition to your collection. At the peak of ripeness when the skin changes from yellow to golden-orange, these yummy guys are long keepers which stay fresh and flavorful for a couple of weeks after picking, making them perfect for gardeners and market growers alike. In a display along with their handsome dusky-hued cousins, Black Truffle (above) they are a knock out.
They are irresistible. After this photo session, we accidentally ate all of them, even the one we promised to save for Grandma. In the second photograph is Wesley,
quite possibly my goofiest my grandson,holding another cluster of Japanese Yellow Truffle from his garden.
Kellogg's Breakfast ($5.95) (E) 78 days. Wow whatta tomato! These big 1 to 2 lb. bright orange beefsteak beauties from West Virginia are exactly the color of orange juice. This terrific fruit with its sweet, buttery, ambrosial flavor with a perfect balance of bright tanginess is a favorite of gourmets and gourmands everywhere. Sliced open, it reveals a rich creamy bright-orange flesh, just bursting with juice. A top seller year after year.
NEW FOR 2015
Orange Strawberry ($5.95) 80 days. Aside from being one of the most beautiful tomatoes in the world, Orange Strawberry's flavor is rich, tropical, sparking, enchanting. Full flavored, heavy in the hand, about 4", a gorgeous sunset orange inside and out, very few seeds, creamy meaty flesh, never mushy, never bland. An outstanding choice for the heirloom gardener who want dazzling beauty and sumptuous flavor right there in the garden. A real treasure.
Persimmon ($5.95) 80 days.
Enchanting color and sweet, rich flavor make Persimmon a big favorite of heirloom gardeners. Among the best of the big orange tomatoes Persimmon stands out for its high production of 12 ounce to 2 lb. very meaty sweet tomatoes with very few seeds. Flavors are elaborate, earthy, tropical, juicy with a touch of perfect tang. Silky texture, never mushy, producing lots and lots of tomatoes all season long.
EW FOR 2015
Pineapple ($5.95) 80 days.
This big beautiful bi-colored, yellow beefsteak has a red blushing and streaks on the outside. It's yellow interior has red marbling and a red starburst in the center. The flavors are tropical, fruity, very sweet. Reaching 2 pounds and producing lots of almost seedless fruits, Pineapple stands alone as a classic in the heirloom tomato world.
(EE) (H) 55 days. This is the one of the best cherry tomatoes I've ever tasted, rivaling Isis Candy, and ready to pick in only 55-60 days. It has the big, rich flavor of a full-size tomato, in a beautiful little deep-golden fruit growing in bountiful clusters on a huge plant. Sweet, rich, so beautiful...just left of center in top photo. Most of them won't make it into your house from the garden. If you send someone to pick them for you, keep your binoculars trained upon the picker.
Summer Cider ($6.95)
Had my first taste of this spectacular fruit when I bought one at Elser's Country Farm Stand at our local farmers' market this summer. Amazing Terry and I brought it home, sliced it in half and starting eating. Lost our minds. This is one of the most incredibly delicious tomatoes I have ever tasted. Refreshing, juicy, fruity, very sweet, tangy, sublime. Meaty, full flavored, ambrosial. Love it.
Oh. My. God.
This photograph of Summer Cider is the property of Dianna Theyssen and used here with her gracious permission.
Yellow Submarine ($5.95) 70 days. (Ch) (E)
A wonderful little tomato!
Similar in appearance to Yellow Pear but with a deep, rich, very sweet flavor and excellent texture, Yellow Submarine is replacing Yellow Pear for many gardeners who long for this beguiling shape and color but with big, scrumptious old-time tomatoey taste. Now the cutest little tomato also has great big flavor!
A Laurel's exclusive. Shown growing in a 25 gallon Tan SmartPot in our garden. Photo by Adrienne Park-Tucker.
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