The Yellow, Gold and Orange Tomatoes

 

 

     

Momotaro Gold

 

 

                                        

 

 

Apricot Brandywine ($7.95) 80 days.

These fabulous tomatoes are a perfect golden/apricot color -- not yellow -- and grow huge!  Up 1 pounds in clusters of 4 or 5 huge tomatoes on rugged potato-leafed plants.

Apricot Brandywine produces a lot more tomatoes than the other Brandywines, much more than I've ever seen on other Brandywine plants except Brandywine OTV and the taste is unforgettable. Just incredible.

One of my favorite qualities of Apricot Brandywine is that the stunning, meaty flesh inside is exactly the same color of the skin when you cut it open, or just take a giant chomp! WOW! Mind blowing. Makes INCREDIBLE sauce!

This plant has strong thick sturdy stems.  It really has to have stems like this to support all of the huge fruits! Be sure to give it a strong cage like Our TomatOH Holders, to help it stay up!

We think it originated from Great Britain some 30 years ago, the actual origin is unknown, but I'm researching it!

 

      

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.

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

Blondkopfchen ( Blond-copf-shen) ($7.95)  75 days.

 

One of the finest tasting smaller 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 to 1" 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 Ibsen of Tomatofest.com 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. Challenging to pronounce, really easy to eat.

 

 

 

 

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Cream Cherry ($7.95) 65 days.     

 

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

 

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

 

As they ripen, the flavor is 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 and sparkle in the sun as they ripen.

 

 

 

  TOP SELLER !

 

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, and my cousin, Dagma Lacey.

 

"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) 85 to 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Jaune Flamme  ($7.95)   (E) 70 days.

 

Very prolific and stunningly beautiful, Jaune Flamme, French for Yellow Flame, is an unforgettable tomato. Intensely orange with a reddish blush on the blossom end, these flame-colored 2 to 3 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.

 

At certain times of day when the light is just right, you'll see the ripening fruits of Jaune Flamme glowing brilliant amber against the background of deep green foliage. This tomato blows my mind.

 

 

 

 

Kellogg's Breakfast ($7.95)     (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.

 

 

 

 

   

Momotaro Gold ($8.95) (H) 60 to 70 days

 

STOP THE PRESSES!!  This is my new favorite tomato! A stunning summer surprise with scads of 6 to 8 ounce treasures.

 

A very reliable tomato friend told me how fabulous this tomato tasted. "Seriously, Laurel, you gotta grow Momotaro Gold!"

 

So I got seeds and grew out 5 plants in the summer. I watched them grow and ripen, fascinated as they transformed into deeper and deeper shades of gold.

 

Picked the first ripe one in early September with high hopes. Folks, I was blown away. Probably one of the top 10 finest flavored tomatoes... Of. My. Life.

 

Every fruit, perfection. Texture is meaty, silky, not soft or mushy, just perfection. I kept saying."Oh my god. Oh my god." At some point, this marvelous flavor got me to thinking, (hmmm), if Sun Gold was a big tomato, it would taste Just Like This.

 

And so many tomatoes!  Growing on a medium sized plant, not a huge plant, they produced dozens of clusters of gorgeous fruits glimmering in the sun and are still going now, in October!

 

 

 

 

 

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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. 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruby Gold  ($7.95)       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 this thing!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sun Gold ($7.95)      (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.  There might be a ruckus.

 

 

 

Sunrise Bumblebee ($7.95)      

 

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

 

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. Looks amazing in a salad with Purple Bumblebee.

 

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

 

This is the tomato you would steal from your neighbors in the middle of the night. But don't; grow your own.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wee Tang Shebang (Dwarf plant) ($7.95)        55 - 60 days

Another dazzling heirloom from legendary tomato breeder and my buddy, Tom Wagner.

 

Although I don't know if Sun Gold is in its parent line, if you love Sun Gold, this is the plant for you!

 

I would describe Wee Tang Shebang as  a petite plant, small as heirlooms go. Producing scads of gorgeous golden-orange tomatoes with all the dazzling flavor of Sun Gold, it's a small plant, about 4 to 5 ft tall and covered with tomatoes.

 

Ellie Pong of Bunny Hop Seeds sent me a sample of this one a couple of years ago.  Adrienne loved the name and grew out some plants in our nursery. When it started producing I asked her, "Hey, what the heck is that?" She said, "Look at the label, Mom."

 

The flavor is SO good, I chose it over any other golden-yellow-orange cherry plants. A thousand times tastier. Crack resistant.

 

(Of the 30 in Adrienne's photograph, only one cracked! (YAY!)

 

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