Kia hora te manno
Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Sunday, September 02, 2012

My experiment with heirloom tomatoes.

For years I have missed the wonderful slightly sweet acidic flavor of the tomatoes I remember from my childhood. This year, I decided to see what some of the heirloom tomatoes taste like. I had to choose tomatoes requiring a shorter growing season, as sometimes our summer in the PNW can be cooler and shorter than in other parts of the country, this year was no exception.

The golden colored Sun Sugar tomato (not an heirloom) has, and still is producing lots of the small sweet tomatoes. The Bloody Butcher, heirloom tomato plant  has also given me an abundance of lovely fruit for salads and snacking, one I will be growing again next year. Siletz is a larger tomato, one with not a whole lot of seeds and a flesh I like as a slicing tomato for sandwiches, but because of the short summer did not produce very many fruit, but perhaps I would consider planting it again, hoping for more sunny days to ripen more fruit.

This tomato is Brandywine and still has not ripened, also due to the short Summer we have had this year. I am hoping there will be at least one tomato ripen so I can taste it to see what kind of flavor it has.
Next year I will look for more heirlooms to try, as I still have not found a tomato with that allusive flavor I am looking for.

I have no complaint about the blueberry bushes and the large quantity of berries I have harvested from them. I have enough tucked away in the freezer, to see us through the winter. This is the first year I will not have to buy any.


Ali Honey said...

Back here in NZ, we too tried out some new tomato varieties. The brandywine was one. They grew huge but very strang wrinkly shapes with lots of flesh - but no better flavour than any others. The one I get to ripen first each year is a little yellow pear drop variety. ( lovely for kids too ). Your plants appear very disease free which is really good.
Yes I recommend you keep tryinh different types and new places as each season is a bit different.

Carrie said...

JEALOUS! I have had 1, count it Jennifer, 1 Blueberry this year from my 2 bushes. That is the folly of having them growing (really well) at the allotment and not right there in the back garden. The blasted birds eat them all. One day there is a berry (white) and 2 days later it must have coloured up and it's gone! aarrghhhh. 1, not 1 bag full :( I weep :( hahha


How nice that you don't have to buy blueberries. My plants don't even come close to producing enough.

I have 'Sun Sugar' and am very pleased with it. The fruits are like candy.

I think it's fun to experiment with different tomatoes every year.

Kim and Victoria said...

Good for you on the blueberries! We have yet to take that plunge. Our tomatoes have had a great long hot summer here.