And the winner is…Wapsipinicon Peach!
Last week you’ll remember we started our seeds in the SUNY Cobleskill greenhouses, assisted by Bob Sutherland.
The first tomato seedlings popped up yesterday. The Wapsipinicon Peach variety germinated the quickest…which we take to be a good sign since it’s also one of our favorites. Named after the Wapsipinicon River in Iowa, this very unique variety is creamy yeallow with a fuzzy skin reminiscent of it’s name. (The peach, not the river.)
We’re sure more seeds are popping as we speak, but we wanted to get this breaking news out there as soon as possible. Now, back to regularly scheduled programming…
Below are the 17 other heirloom varieties we grow in the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Garden. Hopefully we’ll have tastings of many of them at our Garden Party gathering in the fall. Let us know which you’re growing in the comment section below, and clue us in to which are your favorites.
CHEROKEE PURPLE TOMATO – This deep purple tomato was believed to have been grown by the Cherokee Indians in Tennessee in the nineteenth century. A very sweet and rich tomato.
BRANDYWINE – One of the most famous of the heirloom tomatoes, this Amish heirloom was introduced in 1885. It comes from the collection of the late Ben Quisenberry who collected hundreds of tomato strains from 1910 to the 1960’s.
YELLOW PEAR TOMATO – This is one of the oldest recorded varieties of tomatoes, dating back to the 1600’s. Not planted in home gardens until much later.
TOMATILLO – Not a tomato, but known as a Ground Cherry. Used in Green Chili sance. 1 2 oz. fruit in tan colored husk. Very distinctive flavor.
DR. CAROLINE (cherry) TOMATO- A rare “white” cherry tomato, has an extremely fruity taste. It is a sport of Galinas, a Siberian tomato, and is named for Carolyn Male, author of 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden. Vines may grow to a height of 6-8 feet and fruit is produced prolifically in clusters of 8-10 tomatoes.
BONNIE BEST TOMATO – Good Northern tomato. Bright scarlet. 6 oz. fruit.
KELLOGG’S BEST TOMATO- This is probably the best of the large, orange heirloom tomato varieties. It was introduced by Darrell Kellogg of Redford, Michigan. The 1 lb. fruits have a rich, intense tomato flavor. They grow in clusters of 2 or 3 on the indeterminate plants.
MARGLOBE TOMATO – Scarlet, flattened, 6 oz. globes with delicious flavor.
WAPSIPINICON PEACH – “Peach” tomatoes are named for the light fuzz that covers its skin. These creamy yellow fruits are supposedly the sweetest of all “peach” varieties.
RUTGERS TOMATO – Bright, blood red, 5 oz. globes. Old time flavor.
GREEN ZEBRA TOMATO – This tomato is a visually distinctive fruit with dark green stripes set against a light green to yellow background. The flesh is a very bright green. The taste is slightly acidic, but sometimes sweet. The 2-3 ounce fuit grow in clusters of 4-6. The vines grow 3-5 feet in height.
PINEAPPLE TOMATO – Beautiful inside and out. Deep orange with yellow shoulders, it has a sweet flavor as pretty as it looks.
WHITE WONDER TOMATO – A “white” tomato, with a high sugar content.
GREEN GIANT TOMATO – A huge tomato, sometimes producing 2 lb fruits, with brilliant green shoulders and a lime green body when fully ripe.
STRIPED ROMAN TOMATO – Banana-shaped, pointed red fruit with orange stripes make an excellent, sweet tasting paste. Very distinctive.
BLACK CHERRY TOMATO – Still quite rare, these dark purple cherry tomatoes are possibly the best cherry tomato on the planet.
GERMAN RED STRAWBERRY TOMATO – Uniquely shaped, with sweet taste and lovely fragrance. Originated in Germany.