Tomato, Harzfeuer (Organic)
$3.50 – $12.50
Solanum lycopersicum. 55-60 days. Indet. Potato Leaf.
2-4 oz round, slightly oblate, bright red fruits held in clusters. The best trait of this tomato is the aroma when the fruit are ripe. They smell different than other tomatoes, adding a delightful note to the already great well-balanced flavor. Very juicy for fresh eating. Name means “resin fire” in German; however, this refers to the mountainous and forested region of Harz that divides western and eastern Germany. Apparently this is 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. Maybe this strain should be renamed Harzfeuer Heirloom. Ulla Grall gave this to The Seed Ambassadors Project on our 2006-2007 trip through Northern Europe.