Sunday, September 11, 2011

Heirloom Tomato - Italian Tree

There are many fine tomatoes that are delicious when sliced onto a sandwich.  And maybe it is silly to declare one to be "the best" but I'm going to do it anyway.  I nominate the Italian Tree tomato as the best large slicer.

This tomato tastes of hot summer flavor, boasting a perfect texture and it is large.  This photo shows one over a pound, and the fruit can get much larger than this one.  The plant also can grow quite large.  The potato leaf is unusual, and the fruit has deep crevices that cause some people to call it ugly, that is until they try eating it.  So far, this year, at least 6 people have told me that this is the best tasting tomato they have ever had.

It grows as a long vine; our plants this year reached over 10 feet long.  I am told it can reach 20 feet or more under the right conditions.  This truly remarkable tomato is quite an heirloom indeed.

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