My greenhouse is bursting with tomatoes this week! I won’t complain as I love tomatoes and am commonly called the tomato lady by some. As far as I am concerned there are not enough years in life to try all the different tomatoes. In just one seed catalogue I found over 200 different types! It’s so hard to choose seeds each year so I get a bit of help from my friends on twitter. Yes, we geeky seed people actually chat each week about seeds on seedchat and I learn so much about different vegetables to try.
So above is a photo of yesterdays harvest. The round yellow tomatoes are Wapsipicon Peach which is my new favourite tomato. It’s so sweet and lovely in any salad. The orange tomato, a seedling of Japanese Orange Trifele, on the left has a suspicious dark spot which has me wondering if it has a bit of blossom end rot but the end is hard to touch. I seem to recall this tomato having an issue with blossom end rot last year. Although many say its inconsistent watering that causes blossom end rot I find that certain types exhibit symptoms more often than others.
I want to introduce ‘Snow White’, a pale creamy white cherry tomato. It’s cute as a button and looks great in a salad.
Here is ‘Snow White’ cut open. Doesn’t it just look like it needs to be popped into the mouth? That’s just what happened. It’s slightly acidic but tasty.
I also picked some Branscomb’s Orange tomatoes. It looks like I picked them a bit early but I find that if I leave them too long the heat of the greenhouse will ripen them before I know it. Tomatoes will ripen easily just by bring them inside and leaving them on the counter.
I love how this tomato looks when its cut open. Such a pretty design for a plate, don’t you think? This tomato took longer than the others to produce and was harder to grow. I am not sure it will stay on my list for next year. The flavour was okay but not spectacular.
Okay, for those of you who came to buy tomato plants from me in the spring, you may remember ‘Indigo Rose’, one of the black tomatoes. Well, its black all right but how do you tell when its ripe? I have had two calls from customers asking this question. Turns out that the tomato should be almost all purple-black with a touch of red on the bottom, not green like you see above. It will also lose its purple shine and take on a dull look. To touch these tomatoes now, they are hard as a rock and show no sign of being ready to harvest. Another thing to consider is how to check for blight. On this tomato the stems are already looking so dark that you would have a hard time telling if they had blight. Will I grow this novelty tomato next year? It all depends on the taste. Even though the plant is loaded with tomatoes I have yet to have a ripe one.
I also grew ‘Red Pear ‘ tomato this year but strongly prefer the ‘Yellow Pear” which far supersedes this one for taste.
The ‘Red Pear’ is a nice snacking tomato and produces about mid-season. I am just now harvesting the first of these beauties, a month after the first Silvery Fir Tree tomatoes. What is nice about trying different varieties of tomatoes is you can have them ripening from early in the season to late depending on your climate. To see last months tomato harvest click here. Here in the northwest I would recommend early producers so that you can harvest most of your crop before we have the dreaded tomato blight arrive. Yes, it will arrive and with the rain now coming down, all my tomatoes that were outside have been moved to the greenhouse. Remember to move your tomatoes undercover during rainy days here on the west coast of BC. You will be glad you did.