Friday, November 6, 2009

New Tomato Varieties

We are so excited about growing so many new tomatoes this season! Here is just a sneak peek at some of our new varieties for 2010:

Chocolate Stripes: Dark red, almost brown color with striking green-gold stripes, this Chocolate Stripes tomato is robust in flavor, with sweet notes and complex undertones. The whole tomato is a beauty too--a medium-large globe that is a dark, chocolaty red with green stripes. A big winner at Tomato Fest last year for flavor and beauty. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but the plant has some disease resistance, is a huge producer and fruit has perfect texture. Definitely has the sweetness of a black. Perfect balance of meatiness and juicyness.

Green Grape:
This old-fashioned tomato is an heirloom originally developed by the Tater Mater Seed Co. from crossing the Yellow Pear with Evergreen. The distinctive 1”, yellowish green fruits are borne in clusters of 6-12 that resemble large muscat grapes. Fruit has a translucent pale-green on the inside. This variety has become popular in restaurants and markets because of their unique attractiveness and great punch of flavor. Excellent mixed with other cherry tomatoes such as Black Cherry and Sweet Million.

Vintage Wine:
One of the most beautiful tomatoes available today, Vintage Wine bears beefsteak-style fruits weighing up to 1.5 lbs. A recent introduction and is still rare in the tomato world. Fruits are brilliantly colored, with a bright red base and orange and yellow stripes. Pulp is thick, with a full tomato flavor

And a new pepper too!

Sweet Pickle Pepper:

Very compact plants are loaded with these beautiful upright peppers in colors of red, orange, yellow, and purple, all at the same time. Similar to the hot ornamental peppers, these Sweet Peppers are larger at about 2 inches long and chunky, making for a spectacularly colorful display. This fruit is very edible and sweet, especially when fully ripened to red. As the name suggests, would be beautiful pickled in clear glass jars

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