The Best Heritage Tomato Seeds For 2011
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It's no secret that Heritage tomato seeds produce the juiciest tomatoes, which will have excellent flavor, and provide that coveted "home-grown" taste. These seeds are the top choice among back-yard tomato growers, but superb flavor will come at a cost.
Heritage tomatoes, unlike commercially grown hybrids, have little or no resistance to diseases or conditions that can harm your tomatoes and cause problems such as wilting or cracking. This means that your tomato plants will need a little more tender love and care in order to prevent these disorders. Most tomato gardeners will agree that the time and energy spent protecting their tomatoes from these conditions is well worth it when they sink their teeth into a succulent slice of their crop.
There are tons of Heritage tomato varieties to choose from. In keeping with their name, they have been passed down from generation to generation by expert tomato growers, who have thankfully made them available to us. Below I'll recommend a few Oldies but Goodies that have stood the test of time, and have earned a well deserved spot in your garden!
- Black Prince: The Black Prince is an Indeterminate type seed, which means it will require proper support, such as staking or caging. This plant will produce 3-4 ounce globe shaped tomatoes, which will need to be planted in full sun in order for the fruits to fully mature. These dark tomatoes have a distinctive fruit flavor, and will leave your taste buds impatient for the next harvest.
- Cherokee Purple: This variety is considered a semi-indeterminate vining tomato, which means it may need a short stake to help support it as it produces it's fruits. The Cherokee Purple will produce large dark colored tomatoes that will weigh in at about 10 ounces apiece. These tomatoes will burst with flavor, and have low acidity levels, making them especially desired by anyone who often suffers the symptoms of heartburn.
- Pineapple: As With the Cherokee Purple, this variety is also considered a semi-determinate, and minor staking and/or caging may be desired. Pineapple tomato seeds will produce huge flat globe shaped Beefsteak tomatoes, which will weigh in at about a pound apiece! These tomatoes are bi-color (yellow and red), low in acid, and have a uniquely delicious mild taste.