Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What were Your Favorite Heirloom Tomatoes for 2012

Fall Harvesting Heirloom Tomatoes

I guess it's the perfect time for discussing what our favorite heirloom tomatoes were for the year. Especially since we've had our first good freeze and all is harvested.

We grew several new ones this year. Each one had its own unique tomato personality. I just can't think of a better way to describe heirlooms than this! They all are so individual, don't you think?

As always our all time favorite we grow each season is the southern heirloom "Purple Calabash". There simply is not another to compare to its flavor, hardiness and productivity in Texas.

Indigo Rose

I'm going to have to say that the new variety of "Indigo Rose" will probably give all the other tomatoes some really stiff competition to say the least. We tried this one out for the first time in the fall garden and can't wait to grow it in spring.

This odd little beauty is deep rich purple and when ripe gets a rose color right where you see the green spot in the photo above. It is a smallish cherry type that is actually bred from a wild tomato.It made numerous and bountiful clusters of healthy nutritious antioxidants. 

You simply must read more about it as Oregon State University tells the whole story about the Indigo Rose. It's potential is quite amazing and we see it as being a fantastic market tomato after taking it through some personal testing.

While still in its green crown stage we found this tomato to be an awesome replacement for tomatillos for those of you who appreciate them. We do love our homemade salsa verde and can't ever seem to put up enough to last through the seasons. I see the Indigo Rose bringing a whole new aspect of appreciation in health benefits as well as flavor.

When eating it fully ripe you find it has an unusual hint of peach to it. It actually became addicting in sort of a tomato candy kind of way.

I can't wait to hear about your favorites this year! Please post and tell me all about them!!

Happy Gardening!

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