We're delighted to be able to offer a wide array of heirloom tomato seeds this season, compliments of Red Rosa Farm outside Spencer, Indiana. Here are descriptions of the varieties we'll be offering.
Happy gardening (Yes! It really is almost time to begin the new growing year!).
Chocolate Cherry: High yields of 1" diameter chocolate cherry tomatoes. This very flavorful cherry tomato grows in clusters of 8. They are crack-resistant and hold very well on the plant. They can be picked several days before completely mature and allowed to ripen off the vine without sacrificing quality. Excellent for gourmet dishes and vegetable platters. Indeterminate. 64 days.
Garden Peach: Abundant clusters of small yellow tomatoes with a pink blush. Skin is somewhat fuzzy resembling a peach, and the flavor is sweet and fruit-like. Delicious and a favorite at Farmers Market! Indeterminate. 75 days.
Green Grape: Very short, compact, prolific plants yield ¾” to 1” fruit that is yellow-green when ripe and easy to harvest. Full of flavor, sweet and juicy, these cherry type tomatoes are a real taste treat. Determinate. 70 days.
Green Zebra: A unique and delicious salad tomato. The 3 oz. green fruits ripen to amber-green with darker green stripes. The light green flesh is very flavorful, sweet yet zingy. A real taste treat. Indeterminate. 75 days.
Red Pear: Miniature pear-shaped tomatoes are 1-3/4” to 2” long and bright red. Flavorful and sweet, they are great for salads and as a companion to Yellow Pear. Indeterminate. 78 days.
Yellow Pear: These miniature pear-shaped tomatoes are 1-3/4” to 2” long and clear yellow in color. They are very pretty and delightfully sweet, considered by many as 'garden candy.' Tall plants bear large and continuous harvests. Indeterminate. 78 days.
Black Krim: Dark brown-red tomatoes are large, 10 to 12 ozs., and very richly flavored with just a hint of saltiness. Color is darker in hot weather, and fruit seems to set well even in the heat. Prone to cracking, but a very heavy producer. Heirloom from the Black Sea of Russia. Indeterminate. 75 days.
Brandywine: The most popular heirloom vegetable! A favorite of many gardeners, for its large fruit with superb flavor. Beautiful pink fruit up to 1-1/2 lbs. each. Indeterminate. 78 days.
Cherokee Purple: Very productive plants bear loads of 10 to 12 oz. dusky rose/purple fruit with deep brick red interiors. The tomatoes are absolutely delicious with a pleasantly sweet, rich, smoky flavor. With thin skin and soft flesh, the fruit is somewhat perishable, but they taste so good they will be eaten quickly anyhow. Heirloom from Tennessee. Indeterminate. 80 days.
Great White: Beautiful, large white beefsteak tomato with sweet flavor and lots of juice. Vigorous plants have heavy foliage that provides good protection against sunscald on the fruit. Indeterminate. 85 days.
Hillbilly: Huge bicolored tomato is yellow-orange with red streaking. Fruits have sweet and fruity flavor and usually weigh from 1 to 2 lbs. Heirloom variety from West Virginia. Indeterminate. 85 days.
Mortgage Lifter: An old pink variety in great demand by gardeners. Well-shaped, large fruit is very meaty with few seeds. Folklore says this variety was named by a man who sold this crop to pay off a farm he was about to lose. Indeterminate. 85 days.
Orange Russian: A rare bicolor oxheart tomato. Tomatoes weigh 8 ozs. or more and are heart-shaped with smooth golden flesh marbled inside with streaks of red. They are delicious and sweet, somewhat fruity in flavor, and are meaty with very few seeds. Indeterminate. 85 days.
Oxheart: An old-fashioned favorite with heart-shaped pink fruit that weigh up to 1 pound. Very meaty flesh contains few seeds making this a favorite for slicing and for sandwiches. Good flavor and productivity keep gardeners growing this heirloom variety. Indeterminate. 80 days.
Pineapple: This heirloom tomato was a great hit at Farmers Market last year! Bicolored red and yellow fruit grows very large, up to 2 lbs., and is streaked with red both inside and out. The flavor is wonderful, rich, fruity and sweet. Strong vines bear an abundant crop. Indeterminate. 85 days.
Yellow Brandywine: Large yellow fruit of exceptional quality, creamy texture, and delicious flavor. Fruit size is from 12 to 24 ozs., and tall vines have healthy, potato-leaved foliage. An extremely rich-tasting and beautiful tomato. Indeterminate. 78 days.
Amish Paste: Very productive heirloom from Wisconsin that produces up to 12 oz., deep-red, meaty fruit. One of the largest paste tomatoes. Lots of sweet tomato flavor from a coreless, meaty fruit. A great slicing and sauce tomato: some say, the ultimate paste tomato! Indeterminate. 80 days.
Mama Leone: This excellent, large pointed plum tomato comes from Italy via a family who immigrated to New York. You can expect a large harvest of these 5 to 6 oz. bright red tomatoes that are meaty with very few seeds. These are the perfect tomatoes to turn into a simmering sauce full of rich tomato goodness. Indeterminate. 75 days.
Principe Borghese: Plum-shaped Italian variety favored for drying. Meaty tomatoes have very little juice and few seeds. Small plants become extremely loaded with fruit. Determinate. 75 days.