HEIRLOOM Full, pure, old-fashioned tomato flavor! Irregular-shaped, HUGE reddish-pink fruits can weigh up to 4lbs, although they usually don’t go past 1 lb. So good it’s on the Slow Foods Arc of Taste! Developed in the 1039’s by M.C. Byles who was a radiator repairman who located his shop at the bottom of a steep hill – good business sense and it got him his nickname of Radiator Charlie! He bred 4 varieties of tomatoes together over several years to create this one and sold plants for $1.00 – a large sum back then. People came from all around to buy them and he earned enough to pay off his mortgage. Indeterminate. Approx. seeds per packet = 59
The first bite of a friend’s homegrown tomatoes is the clarion call to gardening for many people. The flavor is incomparable and it lingers in our memories through the long winter days. And so begins the epic journey of devotion that is growing tomatoes. Native to the dry highlands of Peru, these plants are rather sensitive to the growing conditions found in much of the US, requiring some extra vigilance by the grower to mitigate plant diseases. Generally, they prefer good air flow from sturdy trellising and low humidity, although there are many varieties that have been selected to perform well under different conditions. The plants are either determinate, or indeterminate. On determinate plants the fruits ripen at one time and don’t necessarily need to be staked. Indeterminate plants continue growing until frost with fruit ripening until the plant dies. Nutrients: dietary fiber, vitamins A, C and K, potassium, manganese.