We went bananas over tomatoes at last weekend’s Veggiepalooza sale at Cal State Fullerton Arboretum.
Seven — count ’em! — seven different varieties of tomatoes went in the ground yesterday, with trellises to support their growth and mulch to keep the moisture in the ground.
- Evan’s Purple Pear
The purple color appears as the fruit ripens. It comes from anti-oxidants purposely bred into the fruit. This is a grape tomato, so the fruit is small and grows in clusters.
- Jelly Bean Yellow
Another grape tomato. The color should pair spectacularly with Evan’s Purple Pear in any salad bowl.
- Green Zebra
A saladette tomato good for cooking but also tasty out-of-hand. This variety has stripes that turn yellow as the fruit ripens. Imagine a yellow marinara sauce…
- Brad’s Black Heart
“Ox heart” tomatoes are a shape I had never bumped into before: a rounded crown with a point at the bottom, so slices look sort of like a cartoon heart. This one, as the name implies, has anti-oxidants so it turns black (or purplish) as it ripens.
- Isis Candy
A (red) cherry tomato, this variety should fill your salad with little bursts of sweetness.
- Indigo Rose
Our introduction to purple tomatoes, and a big hit with everyone who tasted them. This variety sold out fast at Veggiepalooza. We felt lucky to snag one!
- Caspian Pink
Normally I avoid beefsteak tomatoes because you gotta use the entire tomato at one sitting and that can be a challenge. However, something about this pink beauty attracted my husband. We’ll let you know how it turns out!
Next weekend’s project: weeding and prepping the backyard flower beds before planting… sunflowers! (And sage.)
If you have already planted a veggie garden, or have plans, let us know! We want to hear from you!