Tomatoes at VISTA "House of the Rising Seeds"- Spring 2021

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Solar Flare

Large Fruit

6-10 ounce beefsteak is red with gold stripes and has very meaty flesh with luscious sweet red tomato flavor. Known for flavor, production, increased earliness and scab resistance. 

Sungold

Small Fruit

Bright tangerine-orange cherry tomatoes. This orange cherry variety has an incredibly sweet, almost fruit-like flavor.  Fruits are borne in large clusters and the flavor develops early.

Sunpeach

Small Fruit

Sunpeach (sister variety to Sun Gold, is less tangy & acidic as its famous orange relative, but is very sweet with excellent flavor.) Deep pink, shiny, 15-20 gm., fruit are borne on long trusses. 

Tommy Toe

Small Fruit

Exceptionally vigorous plants yield hundreds of large red cherry tomatoes throughout the season. The superb flavor won it top billing over 100 other varieties in an Australian taste test.

Pink Caspian 

Large Fruit

Advanced skill level

A heirloom tomato that originally from the Russian Black Sea region, this variety yields large, finely flavored 12 oz. pink tomatoes on indeterminate vines. They have a mild, delectable fruits that can be enjoyed fresh or in cooking.

Yellow Centiflor 

Small Fruit Fruit

Large clusters of distinctive golden yellow fruits with pointed tips. Short but highly variable plants range from 1 to 5 ft. tall; shortest plants have lower yield. Good disease resistance results in extended harvests. Semi-determinate.

Tropic VFN

Large Fruit

Developed by the University of Florida, this exceptionally disease-resistant variety produces sweet-flavored fruit averaging 8-9 oz that is thick-walled and tends to sit high on the vine under a protective cover of foliage. Recommended highly for hot, humid, disease-prone areas, especially where blight is a problem.

Atkinson

Large Fruit

Introduced in 1966 for hot humid areas by Auburn University in Alabama. An excellent producer of 6-10 oz flattened globular red fruit on vigorous plants with heavy foliage. Medium fruits keep well, meaty with good color and flavor. Disease resistance package - Fusarium wilt, Root Knot Nematode, Gray Leaf Spot.  

Eva Purple Ball

Medium Fruit 

Outstanding performer in hot, humid areas. Excellent resistance to diseases, including some resistance to late blight. One of the most blemish-free tomatoes with a soft tender texture. Smooth, round, attractive pink-purple fruits weigh 5-7 oz. Easy to harvest, as some drop from the vine at peak ripeness, and easy to peel. A wonderful all-purpose tomato with excellent flavor.

Homestead 24

Large Fruit

Red 8 oz slightly flattened globes. Developed for hot humid coastal areas, especially Florida, with good disease resistance. Reliably sets fruit at high temperatures.

Mortgage Lifter* VFN

Large Fruit

An improved version of Mortgage Lifter* with increased disease-resistance and more uniform fruit, ripening to red rather than pink-red. Large, 10-14 oz. fruits that are not as large as the original Mortgage Lifter, but the plants are much more productive. Note: Grows 6-7 ft. tall!

Berkeley Tie Dye Green

Large Fruit 

Incredibly colorful and delicious large-fruited slicing variety! Fruit runs 8 to 16 ounces. Exterior color is green with stripes in red and yellow. Creamy green flesh infused with various shades of red and yellow. Each of these colors has a different flavor resulting in a spicy, sweet, tart tomato with good acid all in one fruit. Fair to good production. 

Varieties grown previously at VISTA Information Sheets

Dr. Wyche's Yellow

Large Fruit

Unique yellow tomatillo with contrasting purple blush (1½" diameter), delicious sweet flavor. Very prolific and easy to grow. 

Everglade

Small Fruit

Diminutive, about the size of a dime and usually smaller, with tremendous sweet taste. Great eaten right off the vine or in salads and as garnish.  Often grown wild in non-trellised fashion with hundreds of fruit clusters on one plant! Reseeds year after year.   

Granadero F1

Small Fruit

produces very high yields of uniform, attractive, bright red, 4-5 oz. tomatoes with very good flavor. Thick-walled fruit; ideal for fresh tomato sauces, salsas, and salads. Broad disease resistance package keeps Granadero healthy even under heavy disease pressure. 

Roma VF

Small Fruit

Plum to round shape, thick walled, red 4-6 oz medium-sized fruit popular (paste type) for canning, sauce, juice or drying. Heavy producer. 

Romanesco (Pantano)

LargeFruit

Productive vines yield large crops of 12 oz., brilliant-red, slightly-ribbed tomatoes with meaty interiors bursting with wonderful, rich, complex, tomato flavors. 

Big Beef

LargeFruit

Nice combination of size, taste, and earliness. Large, averaging 10-12 oz., mostly blemish-free, globe-shaped red fruit.  Full flavor – among the best – and ripen early for their size.

Kellogg's Breakfast

Large Fruit

Large, sweet, and tangy flavored orange beefsteak fruits grow to 1-2 pounds.  Rich flavor with good acid to sugar balance.  Very productive. 

Supersweet 100

Small Fruit

The classic sweet, red cherry tomato. Reliable with prolific yields of great tasting, 15-20 gm. fruits produced in large clusters. 

Cherokee Purple

Large Fruit

Advanced skill level

Introduced by Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, NC, in 1991 from seed obtained from J. D. Green of Tennessee. Uniquely colored dusty rose-brown fruits weigh up to 12 ounces. Delicious sweet flesh. Indeterminate, 75-90 days from transplant.

Albenga

Small Fruit

Great in a stew of white beans, kale, and roasted tomatoes, pasta e fagioli, or a just simple rustic pasta sauce. Excellent sliced and eaten raw, but the variety really shines with roasting, as it brings out the savory richness of flavor. 

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