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  • Tomato, Darby Red & Yellow

    Tomato, Darby Red & Yellow (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Red with Yellow Stripes. 60 days. Indet.

    Fairly early medium-sized, red fruit with yellow tiger stripes. Excellent flavor, vigorous growth and high yields. One of the best of the striped tomatoes, it won our tomato tasting in 2008. Brings perfectly beautiful striped colors to the tomato table at farmers market and is a colorful addition when selling mixed tomato quarts. Developed in the 1960s by Dr. Lewis Darby of the Glasshouse Crops Research Institute in Littlehampton, England. Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by Lila Towle, fellow Seed Ambassador and member of Frøsamlerne, the Danish seed saving group.

  • Tomato, De Berao Braun
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    Tomato, De Berao Braun

    Solanum lycopersicum. 65-70 days. Indet.

    Plum-shaped fruit with excellent maroon-brown color and a little green on the shoulders. Fat plum shape, good for sauce. Russian variety named after the hats Russian cavalry once wore. Possibly the same as De Berao Black. Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by seed saver Gerhard Bohl in Germany.

  • Tomato, Egg from Phuket

    Tomato, Egg from Phuket

    Solanum lycopersicum. White/Pink. 60-65 days. Indet.

    Early producer of loads of white-pink, small egg-shaped fruit on rampant vines. Flavor is good for a Thai tomato, and is a little tart. Most Thai tomatoes are meant for cooking in stir-fry, curry, or Thai salad and therefore selected much differently than Western tomatoes. Will hold shape when cut in half and stir fried. A very unique tomato. Collected in Thailand by Ulla Grall, proprietor of Bio-Saatgut seed company in Germany.

  • Tomato, Fantome du Laos (Organic)
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    Tomato, Fantome du Laos (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. White. 80 days. Indet.

    White, 3-4″, lobed tomatoes ripen to a very pale cream. Flavor is very mild with a subtle sweetness. Reported to have good keeping qualities and higher than average yields. We have found it to yield well but late. A good variety to add to rainbow tomato dishes. ‘White’ tomato varieties are generally lower in acidity so if that’s a problem for your digestion but you still want to grow a fresh tomato, this is the variety for you. According to Tatiana’s TOMATObase, this variety is from Laos, “where there’s a tale saying that when ghosts are afoot, it will glow in the dark.” This rings true to us as we know there are many ghost stories in Southeast Asia, where the spirit world is taken very seriously, particularly in hill tribe communities. If you think your garden is haunted, this tomato may help you discover the truth!

  • Tomato, Grüne von Helarios (Organic)

    Tomato, Grüne von Helarios (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Green/Yellow. 75-80 days. Indet.

    Good yield of 4-6 oz green-yellow, flat ruffled fruit with good sweet aromatic flavor. There is a pinkish form and possibly other strains, this one is truly green. From Arche Noah, the Austrian seed saving organization, via the now infamous tomato seed steward, Gerhard Bohl in Germany.

  • Tomato, Lila Sari (Organic)

    Tomato, Lila Sari (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Purple/Brown. 75-80 days. Indet.

    Productive, medium-large slicer with dark purple-brown chocolate color. Much better than Cherokee Purple, which is similar. Tastes great with a rich flavor that develops even in cool summers. Yields heavy and late into the season. One of our favorites for flavor and appearance, and one of the purple varieties we grew for market.

  • Tomato, Lime Green Salad (Organic)

    Tomato, Lime Green Salad (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Green/Yellow. 60-70 days. Det. Dwarf.

    Fascinating little dwarf tomato plants are covered in saladette fruits that are yellow-green when ripe. Great for container culture. Excellent flavor is pleasantly tart. Perfect for salsa. Developed by Tom Wagner in Washington. According to Tatiana Kouchnareva of Tatiana’s TOMATObase, it was “Introduced by Tim Peters in the 1980s. Tom named it Green Elf. Tim Peters, who received seed from Tom Wagner and listed it in his Peters’ Seed Research (PSR) back in the 1980’s, hadn’t realized that Tom already had a name for it.” Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project in 2007 by Lieven David in Belgium. It’s been everywhere!

  • Tomato, Mavritanskite

    Tomato, Mavritanskite (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Maroon/Brown. 75-80 days. Indet.

    Big beefsteak fruits colored dark orange-red with some elusive purpleness. Tops are greenish-brown. Striking unique colors and an excellent smoky rich flavor. This is a really great tomato. Latvian heirloom we originally sourced from Madeline McKeever of Brown Envelope Seeds in Ireland.

  • Paul Robeson Tomato

    Tomato, Paul Robeson (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Maroon/Brown. 75-80 days. Indet.

    Gorgeous color of deep red blended with chocolate-black that is rightly associated with delicious flavor. This category of tomato (which includes Sarah Black, Mavritanskite, Lila Sari, Sokolades and many others) is typically so rich, sweet and almost smoky that one would be justified in giving up all other tomatoes. We won’t go that far, but it is very nice to have tomatoes that get this tasty in our cool Pacific Northwest climate. Our black tomato of choice for market farm production, because it rarely cracks, is blemish free, and is high yielding in less than optimal conditions. Originating in Russia and named in honor of the great social activist, opera singer, star athlete and actor Paul Robeson. Among his many accomplishments he was the first black actor to play Othello in the US. Arguably one of the most important and forgotten figures of the mid-1900s and early civil rights movement. He was a political activist inspired by the egalitarian anti-racism ethics of Marxism and had strong communist sympathies. This resulted in his being blacklisted from American establishment culture and in 1950 his passport was revoked due to his work with the anti-imperialism movement. Hopefully this tomato will help re-popularize his story.

  • Piglet Willie's French Black tomato

    Tomato, Pigletwillie’s French Black (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Maroon/Brown. 75 days. Indet.

    Sometimes a name is all you need to decide to grow a variety. Amused enough by the name, we were on the fence about growing this variety when a customer sent us seed a few years back. But since that customer is John Miller from the Old Schoolhouse Plantery in Vermont, who as a nurseryman has an eye for good varieties (and is our original source for the Cilician Parsley that we love so much), we decided to give this one a go. John’s hunch is that this tomato originally came from former garden blogger Pigletwillie, when he was on vacation in France some years back. Dark, 2-3” fruit have a full-bodied meaty taste. Not a true black tomato, but very dark red with chocolate shoulders. Fruit ripens in clusters of 4 or 5 and can be harvested by snipping the cluster stem. Aka, Piglet Willie’s French Black.

  • Tomato, Sarah Black (Organic)
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    Tomato, Sarah Black (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Purple/Brown. 75-80 days. Indet.

    Schwarze Sarah in German. Sturdy 6′ vines, good yield of 3-4″ flattened globes. 8-12 oz fruits are purple-black-maroon with green shoulders and slight cracking on the top. Taste is excellent, possibly the best black-purple-maroon tomato. Rich deep flavor, some sweetness, smokiness and extra complex flavors. A German heirloom we received from Gerhard Bohl, a seed steward in Germany.

  • Tomato, Sokolades (Organic)

    Tomato, Sokolades (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Purple/Brown. 70-80 days. Indet.

    Plants are high yielding of large globes with brown-red color. Excellent and delicious rich flavor common to black tomatoes. Latvian heirloom that consistently grows very well here in the Willamette Valley. Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by the Irish Seed Savers Association.

  • Tomato, Tonnelet (Organic)
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    Tomato, Tonnelet (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Red with Yellow Stripes. 75 days. Indet.

    A Belgian tomato named after its fruit shape that resembles the antique vases, or kegs, known as tonnelet. Roma-like, 2” long fruit are produced in clusters of 6 or more with beautiful yellow tiger stripes on red. Flavor is fragrant and sweet. A variety developed by Belgian tomato collector, Luc Fichot in 1990. Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project in 2007 by the Belgian seed company, Belle Époque.

  • Tomato, Vintage Wine (Organic)

    Tomato, Vintage Wine (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Pink with Yellow Stripes. 80 days. Indet. Potato leaf.

    Pink skin with yellow tiger stripes. Voluptuous, slightly lobed, 6-10 oz flattened globe-shaped fruit. Good sweet crisp flavor and very productive. Thick enough skin for market farmers, yet tender enough for eaters. Very eye-catching and popular at markets. Holds quality well off the vine, better than other heirloom types. Originally one of the breeding lines of Tom Wagner’s Brandy Stripe. It was then renamed and introduced to the seed trade in 1998 by K. Sahin, a seed company in the Netherlands.

  • Tomato, White Tomesol (Organic)

    Tomato, White Tomesol (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. White. 80 days. Indet.

    White to light yellow fruit are flavorful for a white tomato – very tangy and sweet. Slightly flattened fruit can reach 8 oz, but we had many in the 3 oz range. Produced better than most other heirlooms late into the season. We have found it to be more forgiving of difficult growing conditions than other white tomato varieties. If you have struggled with white beefsteaks in the past, give this one a try.