My yearly tomato craze has begun.
I have already started two new varieties (Blue Berries and Solar Flair) from seed and they are coming along nicely. After discussing all the details of the new types with Lilly, I chose to bring home one each of Pink Berkeley Tie Dye, Sweet Solano, and Haley’s Purple Comet. All of these along are from Wild Boar Farms collection.
I also had to get one of the most productive and delicious tomatoes, the Juan Flamme. A French heirloom, this one delivers loads of bright orange, apricot-sized, crack resistant fruits that have the perfect fruity/tangy flavor for salads or just fresh sliced with a little salt and pepper. This will be the fourth year I’ve grown this variety and I highly recommend it!
I can’t wait to see how these new ones perform both in the garden and in my kitchen. As I was leaving with my tomato selections and a few succulents I couldn’t pass up, Lilly informed me that they will have even more new varieties next week. Guess who will be going back…TOMATO-MANIA!
Click on the names below to see a picture of these beautiful fruits. My garden is going to be so gorgeous this year! Descriptions from Wild Boar Farms and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
Pink Berkeley Tie Dye — Beautiful, early, and very sweet rich flavor. 10 out of 10 people liked it better then Cherokee Purple in a farmers market taste off. Port wine colored beefsteak with metallic green stripes. Excellent sweet, rich dark tomato flavor. Fabulous.
Sweet Solano — Very attractive yellow with green stripes turning deep orange color with gold stripes. Stays firm, very sweet with a hint of tropical fruit.
Haley’s Purple Comet — Wonderful large cherry tomato. Sweet, productive with rich “dark tomato” flavor. Originally from Cherokee Purple.
Blue Berries — Very dark purple color, which means it’s super-rich in anthocyanins. Unripe, the fruits are a glowing amethyst purple. At maturity they turn deep red where the fruit was shaded; the areas that received intense sunshine are a purple so deep it’s almost black! The flavor is intensely fruity, and sugar-sweet.
Solar Flair — This 6-10 ounce beefsteak is red with gold stripes and has very meaty flesh with luscious sweet red tomato flavor. Bradley Gates describes it as one of his “work horses.”