Tomato, Harzfeuer (Organic)
Solanum lycopersicum. 55-60 days. Indet. Potato Leaf.
2-4 oz round, slightly oblate, bright red fruit held in clusters. The best trait of Harzfeuer is the aroma when fruit are ripe – they smell different, adding a delightful note to the already great well-balanced flavor. Very juicy for fresh eating. Harzfeuer translates from German to “resin fire.” However, this variety’s name refers to the mountainous and forested region of Harz that divides western and eastern Germany. This is said to be the heirloom predecessor of a common German hybrid variety that was thought to have been lost for many years. Ulla Grall of Bio-Saatgut received it from an elderly woman in former East Germany. A complicated history, at the very least it was a favorite in East German dacha gardens before reunification. Ulla Grall gave Harzfeuer to The Seed Ambassadors Project on our 2006-2007 trip through Northern Europe.
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.