Tomatoes for 2019

Now is the time of year when I seriously start thinking about what cultivars I'm going to grow. I have limited space and, over time, I've reduced the number of different varieties and plants I grow from a maximum of 70 down to 35 last year.

These are my criteria for choosing:

  • What new cultivars have I acquired during the year (mainly from a seed swap);
  • Which cultivars do I really like;
  • Which cultivars that I like haven't I grown for a few years (so my seeds are need to be refreshed);
  • Getting a mix of colours and sizes.

Having done all that, my selection for 2019 will probably be:

Which, if you follow the links, you'll see are mainly new cultivars with a few favourites thrown in.

So, which cultivars are you thinking of growing?

 

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Recipe: Chicken Stir Fry with Szechuan Pepper

This is a quick and easy to make stir fry which can easily be modified to suit your tastes. We served it with rice noodles and it took about 25 minutes altogether as we could prepare the vegetables at the same time as stir frying the various ingredients.

As usual things from our garden are in italics.

Ingredients (for 2)

  • 250g chicken thighs;
  • 200 quick cook vegetables
    • Mangetout Peas
    • Baby Sweetcon
    • Sweet Pepper
    • etc
  • 1 small shallot;
  • 2-3g root ginger grated
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp Szechuan Peppercorns
  • 1 Red Chilli (optional))

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

 

 

 

Chicken Stir Fry with Szechuan Pepper

Method

Prepare the chicken in small strips, cutting off the fat. Heat the oil in the frying pan and add the chicken and cook for about 3 minutes stirring in between chopping the other vegetables.

Finely slice the shallot and add to the pan. Whilst this is going on, cook the rice noodles according to the instructions on the packet. This will probably take 3-5 minutes so they'll be ready just when the sauce is reduced.

Chop the other vegetables into fork sized pieces and add to the pan. Cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring all the time. Then add the garlic, ginger then after about another minute the crushed peppercorns. Cook for another 2 minutes.

Mix all the sauce ingredients together and whisk, then pour over the mixture stir through and cook to reduce the sauce a little.

Add the noodles and stir it all together.

And there you are, a tasty, not to spicy, stir fry.

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Recipe: Gluten Free Mincemeat Muffins

 

Gluten Free Mincemeat Muffins

Having made my mincemeat and successfully converted some of it into mince pies, I have enough left (it made 2.5 jars) that I have to find other things to do. So I tried (successfully) these simple muffins.

You'll need a muffin tray and 12 muffin cases. Put the cases into the tray and the depth of the tray will stop the muffins spreading out.

Ingredients (for 12 muffins)

  • 100g soft margarine
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 200g gluten free plain flour (I use the Dove mix)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 tbsps mincemeat (see here)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Method

Pre-heat your oven to 185/190C.

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until light & fluffy. Divide between the muffin cases and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until firm to the touch and nicely browned.

That's it, they are best served warm, will keep for a couple of days and are nice on their own or with custard, cream or any other such thing.

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Tomato Radio

Unknown tomato variety.

Description

From the 2018 Seed Swap.

I've been trying to find anything on the web about this cultivar but there are too many hits about radio discussions about tomatoes to sort the wheat from the chaff.

However, we will see in 2019 and update the page accordingly.

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Standard
  • Fruit Shape: Round
  • Fruit Size: 1.5-2.5 inches
  • Fruit Colour: Red
  • Flesh Colour: Red
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Heritage
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Early
  • Taste: Sweet/Acidic
  • Fruit per Truss: 4-8
  • Truss Spacing: 12-15 inches
  • Alternatives:
  • Our Source: 2018 Seed Swap

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Tomato Homosa

Medium sized red heritage tomato on an indeterminate plant.

Description

From the 2018 Seed Swap.

A cultivar maintained by the Heritage Seed Library, and that's all I can find on the web, no information as to where it comes from or anything.

However, we will see in 2019.

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Standard
  • Fruit Shape: Round
  • Fruit Size: 1.5-2.5 inches
  • Fruit Colour: Red
  • Flesh Colour: Red
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Heritage
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Early
  • Taste: Sweet/Acidic
  • Fruit per Truss: 4-8
  • Truss Spacing: 12-15 inches
  • Alternatives:
  • Our Source: 2018 Seed Swap

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Tomato Angelle

A red Cherry open pollinated tomato on Indeterminate plants

Description

From the 2018 Seed Swap saved from a supermarket purchase. Now, I don't entirely agree with doing this, partly because commercial tomatoes are usually F1 hybrids (the commercial growers need consistency which heritage and open pollinated varieties don't necessarily give) and I've also found that the names on supermarket packets of tomatoes are usually a "brand" so they can provide tomatoes from a number of sources under the same name.

According to what I can find on the web, these were developed by Syngenta who are a global organisation. I've looked on their website and, whilst they give detailed instructions on how to grow them, there is no information about how to acquire them or whether they are F1 hybrid or not.

However, they seem to be quite popular so I'll give them a try.

So, I think it will possibly be a determinate, grape shaped cultivar. However, we shall see.

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Cherry
  • Fruit Shape: Grape
  • Fruit Size: Small
  • Fruit Colour: Red
  • Flesh Colour: Red
  • Plant Type: Determinate
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Mid
  • Taste: Sweet
  • Fruit per Truss: 10-20
  • Truss Spacing: 12-15 inches
  • Alternatives:
  • Our Source: 2018 Seed Swap

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Tomato Balconi Red

Red Cherry heritage tomato on compact determinate plants.

Description

Acquired through the 2018 seed swap, this cultivar is common on the web. Its a short (12 inch) determinate cherry tomato, similar in description to Tiny Tim, Micro Tom, Red Robin and others.

We'll grow this and a couple of others to do a straight comparison.

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Cherry
  • Fruit Shape: Round
  • Fruit Size: Small
  • Fruit Colour: Red
  • Flesh Colour: Red
  • Plant Type: Determinate
  • Seed Type: Heritage
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Early (55+ days))
  • Taste: Sweet
  • Fruit per Truss: N/A
  • Truss Spacing: N/A
  • Alternatives: Red Robin
  • Our Source: 2018 Seed Swap

Buy Your Seeds Here

Prices given are for a packet of seeds (and may be wrong) different suppliers have different numbers of seeds in a packet.

Buy Your Plants Here

Prices may be wrong and will be for different numbers of different sized plants.

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Tomato Black and Brown Boar

A stripy black standard sized open pollinated tomato on indeterminate plants.

Description

From the 2018 Seed Swap

According to the web, this was found in a row of Green Zebra at Wild Boar Farms. Its interesting how many varieties have come from Green Zebra, it must be slightly unstable. Its available from a number of sources in the US but there don't seem to be any commercial suppliers in the UK.

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Standard
  • Fruit Shape: Round/Pointed
  • Fruit Size: Medium
  • Fruit Colour: Black/Brown Stripe
  • Flesh Colour: Dark
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Mid
  • Taste: Average/Rich
  • Fruit per Truss: 2-6
  • Truss Spacing: 12-18 inches
  • Alternatives:
  • Our Source: 2018 Seed Swap

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Tomato Black Vernissage

A stripy black standard sized open pollinated tomato on indeterminate plants.

Description

From the 2018 Seed Swap

According to the web, its a stripey black Russian cultivar, similar to Black Zebra. However, we'll have to see which we prefer.

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Standard
  • Fruit Shape: Round/Pointed
  • Fruit Size: Medium
  • Fruit Colour: Black/Red Stripe
  • Flesh Colour: Dark
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated?
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Mid
  • Taste: Average/Rich
  • Fruit per Truss: 2-6
  • Truss Spacing: 12-18 inches
  • Alternatives:
  • Our Source: 2018 Seed Swap

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Tomato German Red Strawberry

Large oxheart red open pollinated tomato on indeterminate plants.

Description

From the 2018 Seedswap, I'll grow this in 2019 and complete the details when I have them.

It sounds a bit like Sunset's Red Horizon, strawberry shaped, large and with few seeds. However, we shall see.

According to the web, its an heritage tomato first introduced in the seed catalogues around 1933.

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Beefsteak
  • Fruit Shape: Heart/Strawberry
  • Fruit Size: 8+ ounces
  • Fruit Colour: Red
  • Flesh Colour: Red
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Late
  • Taste: Average
  • Fruit per Truss: 4-6
  • Truss Spacing: 18 inches
  • Alternatives:
  • Our Source: 2018 Seed Swap

Buy Your Seeds Here

Prices given are for a packet of seeds (and may be wrong) different suppliers have different numbers of seeds in a packet.

Buy Your Plants Here

Prices may be wrong and will be for different numbers of different sized plants.

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