TEN RARE AND UNUSUAL TOMATOES FOR FLAVOUR

My favourite heritage and heirloom tomato varieties are all open-pollinated and so I am able to save seed from all of them.  I hold 67 varieties in my library, a mix of sizes, colours and culinary uses.  They all have their own stories to tell and are important in food cultures around the world.  Deciding which ones make the top ten are first and foremost because of their flavour.

1. CHEROKEE PURPLE

This indeterminate American heirloom, Cherokee Purple is the best salad tomato I grow.  Large fruit are abundant on sturdy plants that do best in a greenhouse.  Deeply flavoured with a wonderful balance of sweetness and acidity.  Perfect with mozzarella and basil, a dribble of olive oil and sprinkle of salt.  Utter bliss.  The full story of this wonderful tomato can be found here https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/08/18/432771713/cherokee-purple-the-story-behind-one-of-our-favorite-tomatoes?t=1633364185935

 

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