- Tomato Plants
This one has a long history with me and might be the reason I like "other" colored tomatoes. Back in the 80's, before the word "Heirloom" was attached to everything, I mail-ordered some seed from a small specialty seed grower in Ohio whose ad was in the back of some hippy gardening magazine. Having only grown typical red tomatoes, I was intrigued and perplexed at what a "green" tomato would taste like. I assumed it would be gross and weird but, being young and brave, I tried it.As the healthy plants grew, the fruit began to appear. They were huge, and looked so. well, unripe! My 70 year old neighbor, a long time grower of tomatoes, came over to inspect these odd things. We were puzzled as to when to pick them. We knew it was about the right time, all the red ones were ripe. She squeezed and poked at them, and then thoughtfully plucked one she determined to be ripe. She pulled a small paring knife from her pocket and cut us each a chunk. We both bit into our pieces and her eyebrows went up! I smiled..we both were amazed! How could this green Tomato taste so good? Complex, with just the right amount of sweet and tang, it was perfect. Whoda' thunk it? This was the Summer I had my eyes opened to the possibilities of what a Tomato could be, rather than what it “should” be! Next to this plant was Great White, Angora, an Orange, a yellow and several others that were all from Gleckler Seedsman.