Tanja's Tomatoes

I adore everything about tomatoes... eating them, of course, saucing them, freezing and canning, making ketchup and salsa... but most of all, I really, really, really love growing them.

Heirloom tomatoes are my absolute passion though, all those colours, shapes and sizes.. and that incredible flavour! I fell in love with heirlooms over 20 years ago after (accidently) growing my first one, a tomato called Purple Prince. Till then, I had only seen tidy and well-behaved hybrid tomatoes (not that I knew what a hybrid was back then) that stayed nicely in their little cages and produced perfectly round, medium sized red tomatoes. In retrospect, kind of boring and comparatively speaking, kind of tasteless, too.

Purple Prince was absolutely not boring! It grew and grew and grew! Blew me away with it's gorgeous colouring, taste. vigour, and productivity. I still grow Purple Prince to this very day and it still continues to amaze. I have since added many gorgeous heirlooms to my must-have list of favourites, not one boring hybrid in the midst ; )

I have, however, recently started to test out some of the new, open-pollinated varieties. Tomatoes from the Dwarf Tomato Project, Artisan Tomatoes, and Wild Boar Farm. Some of these may well be the heirlooms of tomorrow.   

A gorgeous yellow/green cherry tomato that is super sweet, tastes even better than the green Zebra.

A gorgeous yellow/green cherry tomato that is super sweet, tastes even better than the green Zebra.

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Brad’s
Sherkhan, a funny looking heirloom paste tomato, very good for saucing.

Sherkhan, a funny looking heirloom paste tomato, very good for saucing.

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One of the prettiest tomatoes that I have ever grown. An heirloom variety.

One of the prettiest tomatoes that I have ever grown. An heirloom variety.

Cherry and grape tomatoes, some trials and others well known. Droplet is a fantastic red, Brown Berry a fantastic dark, and Green Grape is the best of all.

Cherry and grape tomatoes, some trials and others well known. Droplet is a fantastic red, Brown Berry a fantastic dark, and Green Grape is the best of all.

Fred’s Tie Dye is a new open-pollinated slicer tomato from Brad Gates at Wild Boar Farm.

Fred’s Tie Dye is a new open-pollinated slicer tomato from Brad Gates at Wild Boar Farm.

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