FRUIT TYPE BY WEIGHT

Currant - Cherries
: =  ≤ 3 oz
Salad - Slicer: 3 - 8 ozs
Beefsteak: = 8 - 16 ozs
XL Beefsteak : 1 lb +
 















PHOTOGALLERY
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Anna Russian tomato
ANNA RUSSIAN
Large, sweet, dark pink heart-shaped fruits are early maturing. Beautiful fruits normally weigh about 3/4 lb each. Superb, rich old-fashioned, tomato-y flavor with lots of juice. Wispy foliage, on sturdy plants produce fruits borne in clusters of two or three. While meatier, this is an excellent tomato 'all-round' variety, too. This was my Dad's favorite tomato in 2013.
HISTORY: This heirloom heart variety came from Brenda Hillenius,
of Oregon, who got seed from her grandfather, Kenneth Wilcox, who received his seeds from a Russian immigrant.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate MATURITY:Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular; wispy
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Heart
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Russia


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Beef Heart tomato
BEEF HEART
Large to extra large, red crimson heart-shaped fruits are borne singly on rather diminutive plants. Production is high and steady all season long, ramping up towards the end of the season. Fruits are meaty, yet good juice with very good old time tomato flavor. Seeds are present, but on the low side. I was impressed with the disease resistance and drought tolerance, having planted it at the base of a white pine where it was constantly searching for water in my non-supplement ally irrigated 2015 garden.
HISTORY: Unknown. I procured the seed from Edward Meece at a seed swap in Berea, Ky. Edward is an avid seed collector of local Appalachian varieties so I suspect that this is a variety that has been grown in those parts for many years. A Google search came up with this story, which basically collaborates my theory.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY:
Mid-season
LEAF TYPE:
Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Heart
FRUIT SIZE: Large - Ex Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Unknown


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Black Pepper aka Kubinskiy Pertsevidnyi Chornyi tomato
BLACK PEPPER
Winner - Unofficial Taste Test 2017!
Wispy-leafed, indeterminate plants are massive! Fruits come on later in the season and there are tons of them! Dark brown / muddy brick colored fruits have dark green shoulder staining which does not permeate into the meat. Nearly coreless, with very few seeds. Considered a paste tomato as they are very meaty this variety could easily double as a salad tomato.

What makes this variety stand out is its flavor - dark, deep and robust with a hint of sweetness. Flavor is further exaggerated when cooked. My new 'go to' sauce tomato. If you needed more convincing plants produce an obsence amount of fruits albeit late in the season - perfect for canning!

HISTORY:
This variety is also known as 'Kubinskiy Pertsevidnyi Chornyi' and 'Kubinskiy Chornyi Peretz' in Russia. Interestingly, it is believed that its true heritage hails from Cuba; USSR and Cuba used to have very close relationships and many Soviet military-men served at Cuban Navy bases till mid 1990's with their families and brought different local seeds with them.

My seed came to me via Iva Graska of Slovenia who actually sent them to Bill Malin (aka SpudLeafWillie) and I inherited them upon his passing (August 2017).

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY:
Mid-season
LEAF TYPE:
WISPY, Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Heart
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Black
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Heirloom - Russia via Cuba


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Brads Black Heart tomato
BRAD'S BLACK HEART
Beautiful, deep mahogany fruits with dark-olive streaked shoulders average around 3/4lb. They are incredibly dense, with few seeds and of excellent flavor that you would expect. Excellent for eating out of hand, even better for sauce!

Make note that plants are of the wispy leaf type, exhibiting droopy foliage as the norm - this is natural! Don't over-water them thinking they are thirsty!

HISTORY:
First known black heart-shaped tomato, found by Brad Gates of CA (Wild Boar Farms) in a patch of several thousand Black Krim plants at a farm close by in 2005.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY:
Mid-season
LEAF TYPE:
WISPY, Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Heart
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Black
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: OP - Napa Valley, California


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Cow's Tit tomato
COW'S TIT
Large, 7”, red elongated fruits shaped like… well, you know! Excellent, well-balanced flavor that sweetens as it matures. Excellent for both fresh use and processing. Production is low in the early summer then sky-rockets late summer, early fall. Fruits keep well after picking, too. This is one of the best paste tomatoes available for drying as the depth of flavor deepens dramatically when slow roasted in the oven.
HISTORY: Original single plant was found in a Valle Crucis, North Carolina grower’s field associated with the Mast Farm Inn in summer of 1994 by Keith Mueller. Plant was an off type that stood out in size and foliage color from a distance compared to neighboring plantings. Planted among ‘Mountain Pride’ and ‘Better Boys’ but it was not clear which may have been the parent. Keith consulted the transplant grower for the farm and he said that he had planted no varieties like that and commented "it looks like a cow's tit".

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular Leaf
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Elongated
FRUIT SIZE: Medium to Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Slicing, Sauce, Paste
ORIGIN: OP - North Carolina, US


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Gildo Pietroboni tomato
GILDO PIETROBONI
"Gildo is meaty enough to use as a paste, peels very easily, so would make a good canner, and tasty enough that there is nothing left of the total of 2 1/2 lbs that was prepared for a supper for four. Slightly sweet, tomatoey, and full flavored." - Dan McMurray

I've grown this now over two seasons and each year I am nothing short of 'wowed'! The original description that was included with the seeds that were sent to Mr. Lemasters described fruits that were consistently around the 3 pound mark. Later descriptions indicate them being much smaller - under a pound. In my two years growing them, they averaged 1 lb. + with many being larger, rather than smaller.

Production is above average for such large fruits. Plants were disease resistant and drought tolerant.
HISTORY: Originally from Italy, seed was brought to the US in the 1950s by a gentleman named Gildo Pietroboni, who passed away in the mid-1990's. The seeds were passed from Mr. Pietroboni to his son, whose friend shared them with Ferp Necciai of Monongahela, Pennsylvania. Ferp Necciai sent some seeds to David Lemasters of Pennsylvania in 2009, and David shared few of the original seeds with some tomato gardeners and SSE members.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular - wispy
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Heart
FRUIT SIZE: Large to Extra-large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Sauce, Slicing, Paste
ORIGIN: Italian heirloom


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Holy Land tomato
HOLY LAND,
Lena Mae Nolt's
My friend, Vicky Tewes, owner of Thistlehair Farm in Union, KY., brought me up a plant this past spring (2016). A beast of a plant having went 11 foot in the greenhouse before I chopped it down. The first time I tasted it, it knocked my socks off with true old-fashioned tomato flavor - good acid, yet mellow with just a hint of sugar. Meat is very dense, with few seeds and a small core.
HISTORY: Julie Maruskin (KY MA J) of Winchester, KY, first began listing 'Lena Mae Nolt's Holy Land' described as: Brilliant red perfect oxhearts, 12-18 oz., 20-30 pounds fruit per plant, on sprawling wispy-leaf vines. From Lena Mae Nolt, former owner of Homestead Garden Nursery in Casey Co. KY. Lena Mae received seeds from a customer ca. 1998, and is now a Homestead Garden best seller in spring.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular - Wispy
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Heart
FRUIT SIZE: Large to Extra-large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Salsa, Sauce, Paste
ORIGIN: Open-Pollinated; KY,USA


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Italian Roma tomato
ITALIAN ROMA
Short compact determinate plants produce 5-6 ounce bright red elongated fruits in abundance. Firm, meaty with thin skins and few seeds and great flavor. Because this is a determinate plant, fruits will ripen mostly about the same time - towards the end of summer - making them the perfect candidate for sauce, paste and salsa. This variety also has a higher sugar content than others.
HISTORY: Italian heirloom.

GROWTH HABIT: Determinate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblong
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Salsa, Sauce, Paste
ORIGIN: Heirloom - Italy


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Kosovo Tomato
KOSOVO
Huge, deep-pink, heart-shaped fruits are very meaty while still being juicy. Prolific, the fruits are simply beautiful. Fruits average 10 oz., but can grow up to 1 lb. However, it is the intense tomato flavor that really makes this one special; Very meaty, yet juicy, with a complex, sweet rich and intense flavor.
HISTORY: Seed was collected by Glenn Parker of New Zealand from a U.N. worker in the Kosovo region of former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. First offered in the Seed Savers 2003 Yearbook by Carolyn Male of Salem, New York (NY MA C), who got the seed from Glenn Parker in New Zealand. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kathy Lutz)

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Heart
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: OP - Kosovo


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Marty's Old European Roma Tomato
MARTY'S OLD EUROPEAN ROMA
Large fruits are high in crimson, meaty and while they have good acid, they are sweet, too. When sliced they are also very fragrant. This would be an ideal candidate for making sauce due to the high crimson coloration, giving your sauce that deep red color without needing to add tomato paste.
HISTORY: This past summer (2015) Marty Leonard brought with him to Tomato Fest seeds for a variety that he called 'Old European Roma' (because of the meatiness, he said) that he has been growing for the last 28 years. He obtained seed from a female co-worker who worked with Marty at HAP, in downtown Detroit, but actually lived in Canada, in either 1986 or 87. The coworker obtained seed from her uncle who was either Polish or Czech (Marty didn't remember). The fruit pictured above was grown my Marty and brought over for me to taste, photograph and collect seed from.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblong
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Slicing, Paste, Sauce
ORIGIN: Heirloom - Polish or Czech


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Polish Linguisa Tomato
POLISH LINGUISA
Bright red fruits average 10 ounces or better. Grown well, they can become exceptionally large. Seeds were saved from a 1lb fruit. Meaty, with few seeds, perfect for saucing or drying. Extremely productive, it out-produces many commercial hybrids and beats them on flavor hands down. This variety is so good, that has made its entrance into the main stream.

Exceptional flavor, allows you to enjoy the fruits fresh off the vine during the meager mid-summer production. Come late summer, early fall, you will be amazed as plants are absolutely loaded with fruits perfect for making large batches of sauce
HISTORY: An old heirloom dating back to the 1800's. It is not from Poland, but was developed in upstate New York

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblong
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Slicing, Paste, Sauce
ORIGIN: USA - Heirloom


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Romeo Tomato
ROMEO
Very large paste tomatoes which are long and fat with a blunt point on the blossom scar end. Fruits can reach up to one and half pounds. Very good, old-fashioned flavor. Thin skin, meaty with few seeds. No green shoulders, dark-crimson colored when fully ripened lend it to being a perfect sauce, ketchup, paste variety.
HISTORY: Bred by Tim Peters of the now defunct Peter's Seed and Research Company.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblong
FRUIT SIZE: Large - Ex-Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Slicing, Sauce, Paste.
ORIGIN: OP - commercial heirloom


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Santa Maria Tomato
SANTA MARIA
FIRST PLACE WINNER - Tomato Fest 2017!
Last summer (2014), my friend Kenny brought me over a tomato that he had been bragging about (see story that Remy, from the Sample Seed Shop shares below). Taking a wedge off with his pocket knife, he says "Here, try it!"

WOW! If pushed against the wall, I will admit that this is probably my all-time favorite tomato.

Dark red fruits are far more meaty than seedy. To my taste buds, this one is much sweeter than it is acid. Still balanced, but certainly not tart.
HISTORY: Introduced by The Sample Seed Shop, this heirloom originally hails from Italy and continues to be grown in the Buffalo, New York area. 

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblong
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Slicing, Sauce, Paste.
ORIGIN:  Italy - family heirloom


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Tori's Italian Brute Tomato
TORI'S ITALIAN BRUTÉ
Potentially huge, but averaging 1lb, mostly heart-shaped, dark crimson fruits are born on wispy-leaved vines that must be staked due to the sheer weight of the fruits or left to sprawl on the ground. Fruits are very meaty, with few seeds. Classic old world flavor.

Fruits are very meaty, with few seeds. Classic old world flavor.

Gildo Tori, who has been maintaining this (his) family heirloom for many years. He devised an ingenious method for growing these potential monsters using a caging system, made of open-aired boxes (think frames). He would make a moat around each plant and water with a manure tea and then place one frame around the plant. As the plant grew, he would add another frame/box, continuing to do so throughout the season. As the fruit matured, he would carefully make sure that each truss was supported by the 'framework'. Brilliant!
Uzzano, ItalyHISTORY: Tom Tori brought this family heirloom to Detroit, Michigan from Uzzano, Italy in 1949. Various Tori family members have been growing it ever since. The name Tori's Italian Bruté was applied just this year (2015). In the past, it was always just referred to as "the ugly tomato".

Jeff Tori sent me this photo of Uzzano, telling me that the Tori family home is located above the red house (in the lower left).






GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular / Wispy
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Heart
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Slicing, Sauce, Paste.
ORIGIN:  Italy - family heirloom


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Wes tomato
WES
A true jewel of a tomato. Medium-large (8-12 oz.), deep red hearts with outstanding flavor. Wonderful, rich tomato flavor with just the right blend of sugar and acid. - it's sweet although not overly so, juicy yet extremely meaty with very few seeds. The flesh texture is wonderful. Expect good production from these high-yielding, wispy-leaved plants.
HISTORY: First offered in the Seed Savers 1994 Yearbook by Carolyn Male (NY MA C), who obtained the seeds from Robert Richardson, NY in 1994.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular / Wispy
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Heart; variable
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Sauce, Salsa, Paste
ORIGIN: OP - Unknown


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Zapotec tomato
ZAPOTEC

Large heavily pleated, pyramid shaped, pink fruits are blemish-free, and produced in abundance, on large vines which are both disease and drought resistant. Fruits average 8 - 16 ounces. Interior flesh cavity is partially hollow, with seeds and gel held mostly in the top half of the fruit making it perfect for stuffing. The flavor is sweet and somewhat fruity. I'll grow this tomato from now on just for this use (recipe).

HISTORY: Heirloom variety originally grown by the Zapotec Indians from the interior of Oaxaca, Mexico.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Stuffer - Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Pear
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE:  Slicing, stuffing, sauce
ORIGIN:  Heirloom - Mexico


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