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The familiar red that Americans associate with tomatoes is only one of the many colors of this delightful fruit. From pale white ones, very popular with the Victorians, to black and other unfamiliar colors as well. Perhaps the most surprising are the green when ripe ones, which are spicy and sweet. Tomatoes which hale from Russia and its environs are often deep mahogany or brick red tending towards a blackish purple. For those unfamiliar with this coloration, they may be afraid to try it, however the richness of the flavor wins over all who taste them. Be sure to have a look at the Belarusian/Ukrainian/Russian Tomato page as well for more selections of Other Colors of tomatoes.


 

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click to see fullsized photo **NEW FOR 2014** ~BING CHERRY BLUE TOMATO~This is a very exciting breeding sensation originally from my favorite tomato person, Tom Wagner. Here is a short biography from his website:

"Tom Wagner always had a passion for hybridizing plants, and at age 8 on a family farm near Lancaster, Kansas, he was making his first crosses in the garden. 2013 marks Tom’s 60th year in making crosses or recognizing natural or accidental crosses. Ever since those days, he has been collecting varieties of tomatoes, potatoes, corn and other crops and creating his own heirlooms, so to speak. So his first venture in seed sales of his own varieties was in 1983 when he listed some favorite lines in a catalog called TATER MATER SEEDS. That first catalog was printed in a church basement using the old mimeograph equipment when it wasn't being used for church bulletins. During the four or five years of its existence …. varieties such as Green Zebra and Green Grape became near instant “Heirlooms” within a few short years. Tom Wagner Seeds will be featuring many tomato varieties increasing with full color photos and he has, by his own reckoning, many thousands of yet unreleased breeding lines of tomatoes."

My fabulous "Summer Cider," "Vintage Wine," "Schimmeig Striped Hollow" and "Schimeig Creg" are all his breeding work.

"Bing Cherry" is a deep blue cherry sized tomato grown out in my garden from seeds I originally acquired from Tom Wagner. I also got seeds of several others in his blue series but this was the one that was consistant even in its second year.  Charming, prolific plants with fruits that look just like real ripe bing cherries, needless to say, deep purpley blue with an undercover color of burgundy red.

Fairly short plants with regular foliage. They are very unusual as they also have some purple tinge on the leaf edges and fruit stems. The round cherries start out green with with purple shoulders. Later on they  ripen to deep blue with that red undertone They can look almost translucent. They are so showy on the vine or in your salads or just in a bowl to "fool" people into thinking they are actually cherries. They have good, mild sweet flavor. And you will get the added bonus of the high anthocyanin (the deep blue color) a rich antioxidant which helps to fight disease. This is the one to really impress your gardening friends. So, go get the blues! You wont feel " down," I promise.
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click to see fullsized photo TASMANIAN CHOCOLATE TOMATO ~ ANOTHER SWEET ONE FOR YOUR CHOCOLATE COLLECTION! Perfect for Containers- This is a newly bred open pollinated tomato. It is a stabilized cross from "New Big Dwarf" (a historic large fruited pink dwarf) and "Paul Robeson", (another great dark tomato which I am newly offering this year.) It was bred in 2006 by Patrina Nuske Small in Australia, and further bred and named by Linda Reid of Tasmania, hence the name. Others involved in its development are these famous tomato people: Craig LeHoullier, Lee Newman, Greg Fee, Michael Volk, Tim McElroy, Howard Kushner, Paul Fish and Bill Minkey.
    This is a short plant part of a dwarf breeding project, only getting about 3 to 4 feet high at the most, although mine were more like only 2 feet. So it's great for container growing. It has what is referred to as rugose foliage, which are rather pretty wavy leaves not at all like on most tomatoes . The rich flavor is full and and nicely balanced between sweet and tart, but more on the sweet side I would say. The fruits are just a great chocolate brown/red color. My photo really doesn't do justice to their beauty. I am really excited to add this to my "candy box" of chocolate varieties. Please see my famous "Amazon Chocolate" and the truly beautiful "Chocolate Stripes", and my own two crosses the "Li'l Fudge Ribbed" and "Li'l Fudge Smooth," which I also carry. Tasmanian Chocolate is a really rare newly introduced variety. Be the first to lick your lips and eat this sweet chocolate baby in your own garden.
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click to see fullsized photoVERNISSAGE BLACK TOMATO ~ Unique Black From the Ukraine Last march I received the most fabulous surprise. In a large padded envelope was a gift of many seeds from Ukrainian tomato breeder, Ruslan Doochov (as he spelled it in his letter -evidently it is also spelled Dukhov when translated). He enclosed a rather badly Google translated letter with his all his breeding history and credentials and a personal note to ask me to grow them.
   I was so excited I could hardly contain myself. Also in the package were his own photos of the tomatoes he enclosed. The "Vernisagge" ones were the most beautiful. At first I thought the word referred to their lovely stripes but at last I found out it means "a special advance showing for an art exhibition, originating from a celebration of the completion of a piece of artwork." That is such a way wonderful way to say his own original breeding produced such "artworks" of fruit!
   I immediately started these precious gift seeds even though it was late March, way late in the season to start tomatoes in Pennsylvania. I certainly shouldn't have worried, as like most of the tomatoes from the Ukrainian area, they are super fast growers and can take many hardships. This tomato, like its 3 other namesakes, positively jumpstarted and was able to catch up to the plants started 6-8 weeks earlier! I never saw such speedy growth. The "Vernisagge Striped Black Tomato" was the earliest of the series to throw out ripe fruit. It was the earliest in my garden after the "Old Ivory Egg".
   The fruits were all around 2 to 3 oz (ounces) and all were just perfect. No cracks, no catfacing, nothing but pure artistic beauty. Bigger than a cherry sort but not quite what is called "saladette" sized. They weren't quite as dark in color as Russlan's photos. I chalk this up to the difference in weather as we had record breaking heat and drought this 2012 summer here in Amishland.
   Ok, you know its gorgeous and a true masterpiece of breeding work, but how about taste? That's always the clincher. These dark beauties had a rich sublime taste like all the "blacks" I have grown. They have that smokey deepness of flavor you just don't get in other colors. Nice and juicy too. And wowie zowie, prolific doesn't even begin to describe how many fruits these basically short vines threw out. The plants were about 4 feet high at most, but smothered in fruit. I mean smothered!! I guarantee you will be a delighted "art critic" with  these tomatoes. As Ruslan promised, they are truly little artistic masterpieces. My photos don't do justice to their swirls ,stripes and colors. To the best of my knowledge, I am one of only two commercial sources of these rare tomatoes in the United States. Be sure to look for the rest of the series: Vernissage Green, Yellow and Pink, each listed on the pages on my website for those colors of tomatoes.
   I can't thank you enough, Ruslan Doochov, for sharing your artistry with my little seed company. It was truly the highpoint of my gardening season growing out all your creations!
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click to see fullsized photo PAUL ROBESON TOMATO~ Splendidly flavored Black Russian Heirloom~ I was astonished by this tomato. I had heard many great stories of its sublime rich taste but adjectives leave a lot to be desired in trying to describe Paul Robeson. It is definitely one the top 5 best tasting tomatoes I have ever tasted! And I have grown out over 130 kinds of heirloom tomatoes and tasted countless more. There is nearly a cult foodie following for this Russian rarity. Seeds were first made available by Marina Danilenko, a Moscow seedswoman. Paul Robeson (1898-1976) was one of the first black opera singers. He starred in "King Solomon’s Mine" in 1937. He was not only a renowned and charismatic operatic singer, but at a time in history when this was nearly impossible. Robeson was also a law school graduate, a gifted athlete, as well as a film star and stage actor. He is perhaps best known as a champion of civil and personal rights throughout the world, especially as an advocate of equal rights for Blacks. His unique abilities and artistry were known world-wide, especially in the Soviet Union. So that is where the name came for this  unique "black" tomato came from - as a tribute to this amazing man.
     Ok, fascinating history, but what is it about the taste and unusual looks? This is a deep maroonish/brown/red tomato that has a tangy zip, with a velvety smooth texture. It had that dusky, earthy, winey and the oh-so-hard-to-describe smokey taste. I feel you only get that depth of flavor with the deep colored tomatoes. This lovely color just didn't show up well on my photos. The shoulders tended to be a bit deep green in color. I believe in a less record breaking hot summer like we had here in Amishland, it would be a deeper color as well. This tomato variety evidently originates from Siberia and therefore sets fruits at lower temperatures. It certainly was one of my earliest tomatoes to ripen in the cold spring. Medium sized, 3 to 4-inch fruits tended to grow 2 on a spray.
     I am always interested in Black (Afro American) civil rights and history, as my dual major in college was African and Asian Studies. Paul Robeson was one of the most prominent and famous blacks of his or any generation. How exicitng for me to grow his namesake! And, as a huge plus, have it be one of the best tomatoes ever!!
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click to see fullsized photoLI'L FUDGE TOMATO (Smooth) ~My Own Stabilized Cross!~ For years I have been growing out 2 crossed tomatoes, one with a smooth skin (this one) and one with slight ribs (Li'l Fudge Tomato - Ribbed). I have finally gotten the line stable, (that is when they will grow true from seeds). I keep 3 gardens and the "Li'l Fudge" kept showing up in the Pennsylvania German historic demonstration garden at the farm of Historic Schaefferstown Museum.

Please click on this link for more information about this fine small museum where I have volunteered for many years:
Historic Schaefferstown, Inc.

For more personal info, their facebook page. and check out photos of the historic PA German 4 square raised bed garden where I grow and have donated all the vegetable seeds to.

It appears that the "Li'l Fudge" came from a cross of "Tiffen Mennonite", "De Barreo Black- Russian" and "Eva's Purple Ball" tomatoes. It kept showing up right in the midst of where these were planted. I do rotate the plantings from year to year from one quadrant to another but always in the same order. These little brown babies have a rich, sweet, winey taste that is so common to the black tomatoes. The interior has an unusual red brown gel around the seeds, not the deep green you find in most other "black" types. Really juicy and beyond prolific, you never saw so many medium-small fruit on one plant! I guarantee you will love this little tomato, so named because of its brownish red color and sweet as fudge, too. Be sure to try " Li'l Fudge-Ribbed" too.
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click to see fullsized photo LI'L FUDGE TOMATO (Ribbed) ~My Own Stabilized Cross!~ For years I have been growing out 2 crossed tomatoes, one with a ribbed skin ( this one) and one with a smooth skin (Li'l Fudge Tomato -Smooth ). I have finally gotten the line stable, (that is when they will grow true from seeds). I keep 3 gardens and the two "Li'l Fudge" tomatoes kept showing up in the Pennsylvania German historic demonstration garden at the farm of Historic Schaefferstown Museum.

Please click on this link for more information about this fine small museum where I have volunteered for many years:
Historic Schaefferstown, Inc.

For more personal info, their facebook page. and check out photos of the historic PA German 4 square raised bed garden where I grow and have donated all the vegetable seeds to.

It appears that both of the "Li'l Fudge" tomatoes came from a cross of "Tiffen Mennonite", " De Barreo Black- Russian" and "Eva's Purple Ball" tomatoes. It kept showing up right in the midst of where these were planted. I do rotate the plantings from year to year from one quadrant to another but always in the same order. These little brown babies have a rich, sweet, winey taste that is so common to the black tomatoes. The interior has an unusual red brown gel around the seeds, not the deep green you find in most other "black" types. "Li'l Fudge Ribbed" is more of a hollow sort inside with less meat. Otherwise, there isn't a lot of difference beween the two. Really juicy and beyond prolific, you never saw so many medium-small fruit on one plant! I guarantee you will love this little tomato, so named because of its a brownish red color and sweet as fudge too. Be sure to try " Li'l Fudge-smooth" too.
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click to see fullsized photo *BACK FOR 2014* BLACK CHERRY TOMATO ~LIMITED QUANTITIES~ ORDER EARLY! Big black tomato flavor in a cherry package! This is the first truly black cherry-sized tomato. You will grow a whole slew of clusters of these dark little fruits so lovely they shimmer in the sun. They are a deep burgundy purple color with a bit of mahogany brown to it. Like all the best black tomato sorts they have that indescribable rich, smoky flavor. It possesses that wonderful burst in your mouth kind of flavor we all seek and seldom find. While this is normally a very prolific cherry tomato, I had the misfortune of placing it in the "black hole" area of the garden between two monstrously huge tomato plants, so it got no sun and was quite unhappy about it. That is why I have a limited quantity this year. Trust me I will grow this winner again next season and will offer you scads of seeds, I promise. Try these mixed in a bowl with red, yellow and pink cherry tomatoes for a beautiful presentation. ~LIMITED QUANTITIES~ ORDER EARLY! 10 of my own fresh organically raised seeds.


click to see fullsized photoBLACK BEAR TOMATO RARE -SCARCE-~ I got this great new-to-me black tomato in a seed trade with N.M., my southern friend and "master of tomatoes." I have not found another commercial source of this great tomato, so I feel it may be rare and/or scarce. It is another great "black" tomato, with all those attributes that make us love the "blacks" so well. Smooth, creamy taste with that touch of rich wine flavor that I so love in a tomato, don't you?. These tended to vary a bit in shape and size ( see photo) but did not crack or "catface" like so many black tomatoes can. The vine was short and compact and didn't get out of hand like so many do. Rather early and it really seemed to take the late summer better than most fruits. I though it was prolific for such a small plant and such large fruits. My fruits tended to be 1/2 to 3/4 of a pound (lb) and this was a severe drought and extra cool summer here in Amishland. I imagine in a better summer they would top out at a pound. I love the name and loved this good eating, slicing tomato as well. Try this rare beauty for yourself and see if you can "bear" to live without it! To the best of my knowledge I may be the only commercial seed source for these seeds. 10 fresh organically raised seeds.


click to see fullsized photoCARBON TOMATO ~A Perfect Black~ I had heard of Carbon for several years, and I have a liking for the traditionally rich flavor of black tomatoes. So I figured I would give it a try. Carbon was a nearly perfect midsized tomato that came in mid season and kept up nicely all season long. It grew on not out of hand vines that hardly needed staking. The really great thing about this tomato, was that unlike many of the dark hued ones, this one had great perfect mostly round fruit with little or no catfacing or cracks. Fruits were mostly 8 to 12 ounces with some getting larger, as in the photo. I really liked this one , nice and prolific. A great one to add to your "black" collection.
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click to see fullsized photoTIM'S "BLACK RUFFLES" TOMATO - My friend Tim M. has a degree in botany and ecology, and worked under the tutelage of famous gardener, writer and foodways scholar, William Woys Weaver, (author of many books including my favorite: "Heirloom Vegetable Gardening"). Tim experimented for years with this fantastic tomato cross. After several seasons he stabilized it and he gave me a few plants and I grew them out this summer. They are the deepest shiny-garnet purple and very "ruffled" or "pleated" as its called in tomato nomenclature. This is his stable cross of 2 great tomatoes: Black Krim and Zapotec Pink Pleated. In this great new tomato, you get an even deeper purple color from its black parent and the fabulous ruffled shape from its wild Mexican Zapotec heritage. Black Krim is described by Seed Saver's Exchange thus: "BLACK KRIM: Deep dark purplish-black skin with brick red flesh. Unusual rich smoky flavor, very intense. An early and heavy producer. From the Black Sea region of Russia. Introduced by Lars Olov Rosenstrom of Bromma, Sweden through the Seed Savers Exchange in 1990."

Here is how I describe the other parent tomato, my ZAPOTEC PINK PLEATED : "Very Rare ~ Traditional Heirloom ~ My seed came originally from the Zapotec people of Oaxaca, Mexico. The Zapotecs, who live remotely in the high dry mountains of Mexico, call these "tomate enrrollado rojo." This is a real showstopper tomato! These unusual sweet, mild, fruits are large and pink with ruffles like a pleated dress! Its pleated shape makes it very ornamental. Wonderful sliced to show off its pretty scalloped edges. They can be stuffed and baked like a bell pepper or delicious served raw in salads. About 1/2 pound each or more. Yields are prolific. I truly believe these are the most ornamental tomatoes you can grow".

The result of Tim's breeding work is this wondrous new variety, which he calls "Black Ruffles." Great sweet, smoky taste, and a saturated lacquered color like no other tomato. Prolific yields and one of the few tomatoes that did not suffer from this past wet, rainy season. It kept pumping out these unusually lovely fruit until hard frost. The only other tomato to even come close to this deep purple color is the elusive "Purple Calabash" which I also sell. -

To the best of my knowledge, these seeds are not available anywhere else! If you live near Lancaster, PA, Tim will be selling seedling plants of his tomato in spring at the "Landis Valley Museum Herbe and Garden Faire" on Mother's Day weekend.
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White Tomatoes
click to see fullsized photo OLD IVORY EGG TOMATO Egg-zactly perfect for snacking and cooking! - Yep, it looks just like a chicken egg. Same size and shape and quite white until it ripens a bit and gets more creamy yellow. When really ripe it gets a slightly pink blush to it. Just gorgeous. At 1" by 2" it really is like growing your own Easter eggs. Of all the so-called egg shaped tomatoes this is the real deal. I'm so egg-cited about this little white baby.
      Supposedly sent to the USA by a Swedish seed saver, I had no idea that Sweden had their own tomatoes, but I have to say it was very cold hardy in early spring. This was my earliest tomato of the 2012 season. It kept pumping out so many fruits I couldn't even begin to keep up to save the seeds! I mean prolific doesn't even begin to describe the quantity of gorgeous fruits on only a few plants!! I bet I was picking a gallon a day when they started ripening. And such sweet fruity flavor, vaguely lemony, not tart lemons but sweet lemonade, ya know? Egg-cellent flavor that is rare in so white a tomato. It is a very unusual color for a plum type tomato too. Old Ivory Egg would make a terrific white tomato sauce or a super  "salsa blanco." Try this tomato - it might be egg-zactly what you have been looking for, especially if you are egg-centric  10 of my own fresh organically grown seeds.
click to see fullsized photo SNOWBERRY TOMATO Limited Quantities- Order Early! Popular in Europe but still hard to find in the USA, this is one cute little cherry type tomato. This cherry is very popular in England where it is grown in “glasshouses" (what we call greenhouses). About 1 inch round each. It has a very sweet taste and just a tiny amount of acid to keep it from being bland. So the taste is very refreshing. Snowberry is considered a white tomato but really appears kind of creamy yellow when it is ripe. Just a great sweet treat for kids and adults. You will love it. In England it rated second in the RHS Tasting Trials for a cherry tomato in 2007. Especially pretty mixed with other colors of cherry tomatoes on a plate. 10 of my own fresh organically grown seeds.

click to see fullsized photo WHITE SNOWBALL TOMATO aka WHITE BEAUTY TOMATO~ SCARCE~ When I first started gardening with heirloom seeds this was the very first choice I made years ago. Back then, I didn't know how to save seeds, and was so disappointed when this tomato appeared to drop from the trade. I couldn't find it anywhere. Well, finally I found it again and happily grew it out this summer. White Snowball was always my favorite of the first tomatoes I ever grew by myself, long before I started Amishland Heirloom Seeds. It turns out White Snowball is a rare heirloom tomato that was introduced between 1850 to 1863. It seemed to be "lost" and then was found again, like in the hymn "Amazing Grace". Just super sweet, really fruity flavor, like a pineapple, not bland like so many white beefsteaks. The fruit was huge - weighing in at half a pound and up. Perfect coloration, no cracks or catfacing or spots, just pure white with a bit of pink on the blossom end when super ripe (see my photo). It also gets a slightly creamy yellow when very ripe. This was not only the very first large fruited tomato in my garden this season, but kept on producing all summer long up until frost. I have a special fondness for white tomatoes but this was always my first white favorite and it took me all these years to find it again. I am so glad I did and you will be too. 10 of my own fresh organically grown seeds.

click to see fullsized photo WHITE WAX TOMATO~ I am really excited about this heirloom tomato which originally came from William Woys Weaver (the wonderful food historian and author of my absolute favorite gardening book Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Growing, Seed Saving, and Cultural History). It was from his Mennonite grandfather's seed collection. Weaver said this variety was once grown for exhibition at county fairs in Pennsylvania. I should know that pretty and unusual often gets the blue ribbons. I have exhibited over the years at 5 of the local county fairs in Central Pennsylvania and won my share of ribbons if I can brag a bit. I no longer exhibit as I don't consider myself an amateur any more, having this seed business and all. The White Wax Tomato was an especially wonderful surprise during this year's very rough growing season weather wise. The fruit came in rather late but was all flawless with no cracks, no catfacing and no spots (which the white tomatoes are somewhat prone to). Just perfect, snowy white fruits with literally a "waxy" look to them like you dipped them in polish. They are not shiny, just more of a glow to them, it's really hard to describe the effect in bright sunlight. White WaxTomato, like most of the whites has a delicate, low acid, sweet flavor. Just a captivating white to try and perfect for all of you who are sensitive to acid in tomatoes. 10 of my own fresh organically grown seeds.

click to see fullsized photo BLANCHE WHITE TOMATO ~SCARCE~ As Blanche Dubois says in Streetcar Named Desire: "whoever you are- I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." I also depended on a stranger's kindness when I received seeds of this wonderful white beauty. In an anonymous seed trade through another friend I was sent these seeds only with the short, cryptical description: "white, pleated". Blanche Tomato turned out to be a super, and rather early tomato. It also was one of the last fruit I harvested, even surviving a light frost. This season here in Amishland, was very hard. It was unseasonably cold and wet in the early season, then followed by drought, more coolness and many cloudy days. We hardly had a day over 80 and seldom any of that hot sunshine that tomatoes need to be happy. With that said, Blanche produced scads of pretty, perfect white fruits, with a bit of a blush when truly ripe. As you can see by the photo, some fruits were lightly pleated and some more so. They produced nicely firm, medium sized tomatoes, with a sweet, low acid, mild flavor. Just a wonderful new white tomato for those of you who can't tolerate high acid or other darker tomatoes. As I always suggest with the light colored tomatoes, make a white pizza sauce with these or even surprise someone with an elegant white lasagna. I believe I may be the only commercial source of this white tomato as I was not able to find it when I searched all the sources I know of. 10 of my own fresh organically grown seeds.

click to see fullsized photo IVORY PEAR TOMATO ~ I received my original seeds of this rare little beauty from my southern tomato collector friend, N.M. This is NOT the Old Ivory Egg Tomato. It really looked more like a "grape" shape than a pear shape to me. Very prolific plants send out slews of perfect, pale, translucent, ivory white fruit. They never cracked or got spots, each was flawless. Perhaps its only flaw is that you must pick them when they are perfectly ripe as they fall off the vine fairly easily. Nice clean and fresh sweet mild flavor. The Ivory Pear is very flavorful for a white tomato. They look oh so pretty when mixed in a bowl with other colors of "grape" shaped tomatoes. Try them with dips as an elegant hors d'oeuvre. I especially like them paired with my "Black Cherry Tomatoes" and a hot artichoke dip. 10 of my own fresh organically grown seeds.

click to see fullsized photo GRANDMA JOSIE'S AMISH WHITE TOMATO ~ EXCLUSIVE- Only USA Commercial Seed Source!-GENUINE AMISH HEIRLOOM~
90+ days in Zone 6A- I got the original seeds for this fabulous Amish Heirloom in a seed trade with my tomato collector friend, N.M. This genuine Amish heirloom tomato hails from Virginia. This very rare tomato was an outstanding addition to my Amish seed collection, and my absolutely favorite tomato I grew out this season. Despite a severe drought and unseasonably cold temperatures here in Amishland, Grandma Josie's Amish White, out outperformed all other large beefsteak varieties. It grew huge 1 pound (lb) or more fruit. A bit later to ripen, it was well worth the wait. It now supercedes my previous favorite white tomato, my rare "Fantome du Laos." Monster fruit were each positively perfect despite their very large size. They had no brown spots or cracking that the white tomatoes are prone to get. Each fruit was luscious and oh so pretty with a very slight pink color on the blossom end on only a few larger specimens. Most of the fruits were a solid white color. The interior was very firm, solid and quite meaty. There was virtually no jel (gel) and very few seeds. good for you - bad for a seed saver such as myself). Just perfect monster slicers with great flavor but still very low acid. To the best of my knowledge, I am the only commercial seed source of these seeds. 10 of my own fresh organically grown seeds.

click to see fullsized photo *BACK FOR 2014* "FANTOME DU LAOS" ~ "GHOST OF LAOS" ~Exceedingly Rare - only commercial source in USA!~VERY LIMITED QUANTITIES !~ Order Early! ~
I am so excited about this super rare southeast Asian Tomato. I got my seeds in a seed trade with a Belgium collector and this is the rough translation of what he wrote to me in French about this tomato:
  "Old variety originating from Laos, large fruits white-yellowish slightly flattened. Very vigorous and very productive plant (it is most productive which we cultivated this year!). Excellent resistance to the diseases. Sweet flavour. There is a strange legend about this variety: the nights of full moon, the villagers deposit it on the edges of the windows and if the tomato becomes fluorescent, a ghost is not far!"
  I love this ghostly apparition tale. The Asians, however think of the souls of their dearly departed as ghosts, in a good way. This story is really about how a dead relative comes back to visit. It is not about haunting as you might think.click to see fullsized photo
  The tomato itself had so much to recommend it besides this cool legend. It was my earliest tomato this season, even beating out my Ukrainian and Russian plants! It was a full 2 weeks earlier to ripen than any tomato in my garden. And it was huge, and had a really unbelievable coloration. It literally was an opalescent white and truly seemed to glow! It was impossible to photograph that quality of light coming from the fruit. They are the most gorgeous white tomatoes I have ever grown with not one bit of pink on them ,all pure ivory white.
  They tended to put out double fruits as well. And it kept on sending out these lovely orbs of light all season long. It lasted until light frost. Great, sweet, mild flavor and virtually no acid. I never saw any white tomatoes in my travels through southeast Asia. I was in Thailand, Cambodia. Malaysia, and so forth and never saw any fruits but small squatty red or pink ones. This tomato is rare even in its home country. Be the first to grow this super scarce white heirloom. Limited Quantities~ Order Early~
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click to see fullsized photo MIKADO WHITE TOMATO -VERY LIMITED QUANTITIES~ ORDER EARLY ~ aka "SHAH TOMATO" or "WHITE BRANDYWINE" tomato. William Woys Weaver, the famous writer and food historian, refers to this tomato, in his delightful little book 100 Vegetables and Where They Come From, as sport of "Turner's Hybrid" or "Mikado" dating back to 1886. It is sometimes referred to as the "White Brandywine" due to its fabulous flavor. The name Mikado refers to the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta that was popular at that time. My wonderful late Aunt Mignon was a huge Gilbert and Sullivan fan and could sing all the words of any of his operettas but the Mikado was her favorite. I originally got these seeds to grow for her. It has grey green potato leaf shaped leaves on a small and sturdy vine. The flesh is white with a pale yellow interior and sometimes has a small pale pink star on the blossom end. Some of my fruit did and others were pure white. This makes a good drying tomato with a great flavor that intensifies when it dries but it is also very sweet and delicious when eaten for salads.Try white tomatoes like this one on a mixed plate of rainbow colors for a great dish sure to impress. Make a real white tomato spaghetti sauce too. Like all white tomatoes there is low acid content. Be the first in your area to grow this very rare white tomato. You will love to tell its story, and it makes a great gift for an opera lover. Please be sure to see my "Mikado Pink Tomato" listed on my Pink Tomato Page. Very Limited Quantities~
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click to see fullsized photo LITTLE WHITE RABBIT TOMATO
- also called "White Rabbit Tomato." This just might be the sweetest name ever for the cutest tiny white tomato I have grown. These teensy babies were nearly exactly the same size as my "White Mexican Currant Tomato." They were about the size of large peas (3/4" or less). I would have called them a wild currant type by their size, but they are were actually developed by Joe Bratka of NJ. Fabulous uniquely flavored fruits taste quite tropical and sweet. The flavor is so wonderful that they are truly addicting, so it is lucky that they are so prolific and productive. So you will have enough to keep eating all you want to. The plant grows rather low to the ground and resisted staking no matter how much I tried, maybe planting by a fence would a good solution. More of a creamy, very pale yellow color than a true pure white. They were the very last of my tomatoes to succumb to frost. 10+ of my own fresh organically grown seeds.


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click to see fullsized photo WHITE TOMESOL - I have always had a fondness for white tomatoes, but many are just plain bland. This newly rediscovered heirloom is fabulous! It has a wonderful fragrance, and for taste it is way up on my "tomato-taste-o-meter". Sweet, and creamy rich with great flavor, especially for a white fruit. These are not as pure white, as some of my other white tomato selections. They are more on the creamy pale yellow side of white and tend to have a pretty pink blossom end when ripe. You are sure to want these pretty, pale, blushing beauties in your garden. The superb flavor and low acidity more than makes up for their lack of pure white color. Personally, I think these smallish, 8 oz. tomatoes are just beautiful. The plant grows to a reasonable size , with heavy yields, but doesn't get out of control like many tomato vines. It is indeterminate, which means it sets its lovely fruit all season. 10 of my own fresh organically grown seeds

click to see fullsized photoOLIVER'S GERMAN WHITE / WEISSE TOMATO - I have always loved white tomatoes and have grown out many varieties. This is absolutely the purest white tomato I have ever grown! These have no pink, no blossom end marks, no yellow, just "pure-as-the-driven-snow" white flesh and skin. I got my original seeds from my German friend, Oliver, in a seed trade. He called them "Weisse", which is German for white. These had the most unusual growth habit, short vines in height, maybe 4-1/2 feet, but amazingly long branches, over 7-8 feet long, growing sideways! These were tough plants, they even survived a wind storm where they were totally uprooted. I put them back in the ground and they still took off. I guarantee you have never seen a whiter tomato. It has delicate mild flavor. To my knowledge, this tomato has never been available before in the United States.
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Green Tomatoes

click to see fullsized photo NEW FOR 2014! ~EMERALD APPLE TOMATO~ Russian Heirloom~ (this is not the "Emerald" tomato it is totally different) I am a huge fan of the green-when-ripe tomatoes. I have actually grown this particular tomato for several years but only this year decided to grow it here at my new farmette. It was so happy and prolific this season which I attribute to the cooler, more like "Mother Russia" summer we had. It was more than happy - it was ecstatic! It threw out monster 1 pound and up fruits which just kept getting larger as the season progressed. I was picking baskets of these fruits daily for most of the summer. They fully ripen to a very lovely deep amber color with some pink in it. Cut one open and the sweet pale green juice just flows out. In the photo I am showing all stages of ripeness from the all bright green to the yellow to the pinkish when fully ripe. It is often difficult to get people to try green-when-ripe tomatoes. When I do a "blind" taste test, then they really appreciate the overwhelming sweet yet spicy yet somehow tart taste of these rare gems. I got my original seeds about 5 years ago from my great Ukrainian gardener friend, Lydmilla, whose mother still lives in the Ukraine and sends her seeds every year.  This was the tie to "Dad's Sunset" in my tomato taste tests this summer. It just goes to prove that you cant judge a book by its cover when it comes to perfect tomato taste. Let's see if they become the "apple of your eye" in your colorful garden this year. 
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click to see fullsized photo NEW FOR 2014! ~MAX'S LARGE GREEN TOMATO ~ I received my original seeds of this green when ripe beauty from my late, great friend, Norwood Meiners from Lousiana. I have previously referred to him on the website as my "southern seed collector friend." Now that he has passed, I can refer to him by name. He wished to remain anonymous previously. Norwood was a voracious gardener and had a collection of over 350 tomatoes, as well as countless other seeds of vegetables and flowers. Alas, when he passed away his family chucked his seeds, except for about 20 types of tomatoes that they mailed to me and his seed protege, Alex. Such a huge loss. This is one of those precious tomatoes. I grew "Max's Large Green" out this summer and was very pleasantly surprised. It ripened rather late here in Amishland but we had a very cool summer and many tomatoes were much later than normal.

This is a family heirloom from Hardin Co., KY. The original seed came from Roger Postly, Lexington Kentucky It was spicy and tangy yet sweet, and full flavored. Nice and juicy. The fruits grew huge, up to 1/2 pound or more in a slightly flattened standard beefsteak shape. The skin has a predominantly amber tinge along with the bright green when ripe. Inside, unlike other green when ripe tomatoes I have grown, it was a very pale green with a tiny touch of pink. Needless to say, as it is both beautiful and delicious, it is a wonderful and showy sandwich slicer. As a bonus, the fruits stayed perfect and never cracked or catfaced. If you have never tried a green when ripe tomato, this is the one to grow and relish. Be sure to also look at my other new for 2014 Green tomato: "Emerald Apple" on this page.
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click to see fullsized photo VERNISSAGE GREEN TOMATO ~Unique Green when ripe tomato From the Ukraine Last march I received the most fabulous surprise. In a large padded envelope was a gift of many seeds from Ukrainian tomato breeder, Ruslan Doochov (as he spelled it in his letter -evidently it is also spelled Dukhov when translated). He enclosed a rather badly Google translated letter with his all his breeding history and credentials and a personal note to ask me to grow them.
   I was so excited I could hardly contain myself. Also in the package were his own photos of the tomatoes he enclosed. The " Vernisagge" ones were the most beautiful. At first I thought the word referred to their lovely stripes but at last I found out it means “a special advance showing for an art exhibition, originating from a celebration of the completion of a piece of artwork." That is such a way wonderful way to say his own original breeding produced such “artworks" of fruit!
   I immediately started these precious gift seeds even though it was late march, way late in the season to start tomatoes in Pennsylvania. I certainly shouldn't have worried, as like most of the tomatoes from the Ukrainian area, they are super fast growers and can take many hardships. This tomato like its 3 other namesakes, positively jumpstarted and was able to catch up to the plants started 6-8 weeks earlier! I never saw such speedy growth.
   The fruits were all around 2 to 3 oz (ounces) and all were just perfect. No cracks, no catfacing, nothing but pure artistic beauty. Bigger than a cherry sort but not quite what is called “saladette" sized. They did exceedingly well especially considering the awful weather as we had record breaking heat and drought this 2013 summer here in Amishland. But I also want to emphasize that these tomatoes kept on fruiting right up until hard frost here in Amishland. In fact all of the Vernissage series was very long season that way.
   Ok, you know its gorgeous and a true masterpiece of breeding work, but how about taste? That's always the clincher.  These unusual green when ripe beauties had a very sweet, but also spicy and complex taste. Green when ripe tomatoes always fool you that way. They also had greenish stripes that didn't really show up in the photos well. Nice and juicy too. And wowie zowie, prolific doesn't even begin to describe how many fruits these basically short vines threw out. The plants were about 4 feet high at most, but smothered in fruit. I mean smothered!! I guarantee you will be a delighted “art critic" with these tomatoes. As Ruslan promised, they are truly little artistic masterpieces. My photos don't do justice to their swirls, stripes and colors.
   I can't thank you enough, Ruslan Doochov, for sharing your artistry with my little seed company. It was truly the highpoint of my gardening season growing out all your creations! To the best of my knowledge, I am one of only two commercial sources of these rare tomatoes in the United States. Be sure to look for the rest of the series: Vernissage Pink, Yellow and Black, each listed on the pages on my website for those colors of tomatoes as well as on this Belarusian/Russian/Ukrainian tomato page.
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click to see fullsized photo AUNT RUBY'S GERMAN GREEN TOMATO ~VERY LIMITED QUANTITIES~ ORDER EARLY! For once I have a lot of background information on an heirloom tomato! This is a fabulous tomato, with a spicy, sweet, unbelievably wonderful tomato taste despite its strange color. Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato is a family heirloom by way of Germany, first introduced in 1993 by Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin who received the seed from Nita Hofstrom of Clinton, Wisconsin, whose aunt, Ruby Arnold of Greeneville, TN, grew it for years. Ruby passed away in 1997. The flavor is so fabulous that in a blind taste no one can believe it is a green when ripe fruit. The tomatoes get quite large and are often over a pound . Although often funny looking and misshapen their beauty is in their cool green skin, with darker green shoulders. They have neon green flesh and that heavenly spicy juiciness. This is one of my new favorite tomatoes hands down. I had heard about it for years so I had to grow it, and I surely wasn't disappointed, this one lived up to its reputation. Try a green when ripe tomato and you will be very pleasantly surprised. And Aunt Ruby's German Green is the best of the best of the greens.
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