Tomato, Azoychka (Organic)
Solanum lycopersicum.Yellow. 65-70 days. Indet.
Earlier than most other beefsteak types, this gorgeous, 3-5″ round oblate, 6-12 oz, yellow beefsteak comes on strong in those seasons when many other tomatoes struggle to ripen. In addition to its earliness and productivity, its impressive delicious flavor is much better than other yellow tomatoes, with a slightly acidic and fruity tang. Azoychka wins our informal ‘tomato of the year’ award regularly. Though indeterminate, production does taper off. A non-commercial Russian variety bred by Valentina Petrovna Kruglova. Brought to North America by Kent Whealey of the Seed Savers Exchange in the early 1990s. Aka, Zolotoy Borago.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil as early as February, but no later than April. Keep warm and well-watered. Up pot seedlings into 4” pots once they have two true leaves. Transplant into the garden once danger of frost has passed.
Collect seeds from ripe fruit by squeezing into a jar and add 25% more water. Wait a few days for mold to form. When seeds sink and gel-sac is gone, stir, add water, then decant and rinse to clean. Dry thoroughly. Tomatoes are mostly self-pollinating; isolation is not usually needed for seeds to be true to type.