Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 10, Number 6
Dear Tomato Dirt reader,
Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.
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FEATURE: Four Colorful Tomato Varieties to Try in Your Garden
Not all tomatoes are red! If you haven’t yet tried to grow tomatoes of other colors – or if you want to try some new varieties – then check out this short list of colorful favorites.
- Pink Brandywine Tomato: this classic pink beefsteak slicing tomato is credited with bringing heirloom tomatoes back into popularity after the rise of hybridization in the twentieth century. The variety has become one of the most popular home garden cultivars in the United States. It has been dubbed “the best-tasting tomato in the world.” Its original and other confirmed strains are readily available. Read the Pink Brandywine Tomato profile to learn more.
- Green Zebra Tomato: this tomato was developed in the 1980s and is now considered to be a classic among striped and bi-color tomatoes. Green Zebra is not only tasty but it’s unusual. Its characteristic dark green and yellow stripes and simultaneous sweet and tangy taste have made it a favorite with chefs and restauranteurs.
- Lemon Boy Tomato: this popular hybrid tomato sports a lemon shade that’s the first of its kind – not golden in color -- marking the variety as distinctive. Lemon Boy’s low acidity has added to its consistent and growing reputation. Plus, plants are pretty. Bright yellow fruit create a stark contrast to the plant’s dark green foliage. And gardeners rave about Lemon Boy’s disease resistance. (Read more about Lemon Boy Tomato).
- Purple Haze Tomato: this purple-pink cherry is a cross between Brandywine, Black Cherry, and Cherokee Purple plants. Though not yet commercially available, Purple Haze Tomato is fairly consistent in producing large, golf-ball size cherry tomatoes described as “an explosion of flavor.”
Find out more about different tomato varieties and consider sharing about your favorite tomato varieties with fellow Tomato Dirt readers. And be sure to check out our Tomato Varieties board on Pinterest for more tomato inspiration.
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Tomato Growing Tip: What Makes Tomatoes Red?
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More about Tomato Varieties
That’s it for now. More next time.
Until then, happy gardening!