100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden

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Drippy, delicious, mouthwatering taste. That's what heirloom tomatoes are all about. From seeds carefully collected and passed down through generations, heirlooms reinvigorate the garden--and captivate the gardener--with their beguiling flavors, their wild variety of shapes and colors, and their enchanting histories.

100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden covers every facet of raising these nearly lost treasures, including when to plant seeds and transplant seedlings, ...

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Drippy, delicious, mouthwatering taste. That's what heirloom tomatoes are all about. From seeds carefully collected and passed down through generations, heirlooms reinvigorate the garden--and captivate the gardener--with their beguiling flavors, their wild variety of shapes and colors, and their enchanting histories.

100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden covers every facet of raising these nearly lost treasures, including when to plant seeds and transplant seedlings, ways to prevent foliage diseases, cultivation, propagation, and more.

Following the step-by-step how-to is a stunningly photographed and comprehensive field guide to 100 tried-and-true heirloom varieties, from the spicy Green Grape--the only true ripe-when-green cherry tomatoe-- to Omar's Lebanese--a superbly flavored pink beefsteak that can grow as large as four pounds.

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Tomato aficionado and professor of microbiology Dr. Male provides a detailed analysis of 100 heirloom tomatoes, with observations ranging from their foliage type and productivity to nuances of flavor. Includes chapters on tomato culture and seed-saving, with excellent color photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761114000
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Series: Smith and Hawken Series
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author


Carolyn J. Male, Ph.D., is a professor of microbiology at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She is also a major voice on AOL's tomato forum, and an author whose articles appear in Kitchen Gardening, The American Cottage Gardener, and The Historical Gardener. Dr. Male scientifically--and lovingly--has raised more than a thousand different varieties of heirloom tomatoes in her zone 5 garden in upstate New York.
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BLACK FROM TULA

Part of the fun and excitement of growing heirloom tomatoes is to experience the fantastic range of colors and tastes. First-time growers of black-type tomatoes are often astounded by the unique color. Some, unfortunately, are so put off by the unconventional appearance that they never get to truly enjoy the wonderful flavor.

There are those who claim that black tomatoes have a salty or even smoky flavor, but I've found them to be absolutely rich and sweet. When ripe, Black from Tula has prominent green shoulders and a dusky rose-black coloring. (When grown in the North, the black types don't develop the true blackish color that they do in the South.) The chocolate flesh is contrasted nicely wiht the deep green gel capsules that encase the seeds. The photograph also shows a distinctive spiral pattern of concentric cracking.

Black from Tule has a very heavy foliage cover of regular leaves, and is somewhat susceptible to early blight. The yield is moderate. It performs better for me than all the other black types except Noir de Crimee.

TYPE: family

ORIGIN: Ukraine

MATURITY: midseason

COLOR/SHAPE: smoky, dark reddish black with green shoulders; oblate

SIZE/ARRANGEMENT: about 10 to 12 ounces each, growing singly or in clusters of two or three

YIELD: moderate

PLANT/FOLIAGE: indeterminate habit with heavy cover of regular-leaf foliage

TASTE: rich and sweet

SEEDS: available commercially

Excerpted from 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden, copyright (c) 1999 by Smith & Hawken. Reprinted by permission of Workman Publishing.

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Table of Contents


Foreword by Kent Whealy

Preface: Cultivating an Heirloom Tomato Obsession

ORIGINS OF THE TOMATO

What Is an Heirloom Tomato Variety?

Classification of Heirloom Tomatoes

SELECTING HEIRLOOM TOMATO VARIETIES

About Zones

Making Choices

GROWING HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

Seed Sowing

Siting the Garden

Sprawling, Staking, Caging, and Pot Culture

Transplanting

Fertilization

Pruning

Biotic Diseases

Abiotic Diseases

SAVING SEED

Pollination

Isolation Distances

Fermenting Tomato Seed

How to Ferment Seeds

CREATING YOUR OWN HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

Deliberate Cross-Pollination

Selecting for a New Variety

Dehybridizing a Naturally Created Heirloom Variety

Dehybridizing a Known Commercial Hybrid

Genetic Traits for Selection

How Many Plants Do I Have to Grow Out?

Tomato Traits and Genetics

FIELD GUIDE TO 100 HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

APPENDIXES

Commercial Sources for Seeds and Books

Seed Sources for Individual Varieties

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    An Expert Explains It All, With Beautiful Photographs

    Well-known expert and longtime member of the Seed Savers Exchange, Dr. Carolyn Male has grown thousands of tomato plants. Here she chooses her favorite one hundred heirloom varieties. She gives details on each variety, including how it is used, its size, shape and arrangement on the vine (i.e. clusters) and how it measures up to standards of taste, yield, disease resistance and plant vitality. She also provides the colorful histories without succumbing to repetition of unproven legend. Each variety description is paired with a glorious full-page color photo, including the vine, leaves, fruits on the vine and usually one sliced so you can what's inside. There are also separate sections on disease prevention and treatment and step by step directions on seed starting, raising seedlings, transplanting outside, care, harvest and seed saving using fermentation.

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