Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Heirlooms_multiaIt is hard to believe that tomatoes (Lycopersicon lycopersicum), which are now so much a part of many cuisines, were unknown to Europe and Asian prior to the colonisation of the Americas by the Spanish in the mid-1400s.

While not exactly known when tomatoes started to be used outside of their native home lands of Central and South America, there is evidence to show that they were already being cultivated in Mexico by 500BC.

Today tomatoes are available in a huge variety of colours and shapes and with the revival of heirloom varieties there are also some great tasting ones out there.

Tomatoes are generally considered to have be indeterminate (long vines), but there are a few which are determinate (short vines) – all of ours are indeterminate unless otherwise specified.

We import a variety of heirloom tomato seeds which we grow and then sell the fruit of. Last year we also collected the seeds and now have these available for sale to you, so you can grow your own heirloom tomatoes. Of course, if you don’t grow your own we will still have the fruit available in the summer.

Our Heirloom tomato seeds are available in our online shop [link], at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market  or give us a ring. We look forward to hearing about your tomato growing experiences using these unique and interesting seeds.

We have the following heirloom tomato seeds available:

Green
Aunt Ruby’s German Cherry
Green Grape
Green Vermissage
Green Zebra

Orange
Giraffe
Orange Roma

Pink
German Lunch Box

Purple
This group of tomatoes covers the dark-skinned and sometimes fleshed, often referred as black or purple or any other dark colour, the colours of these tomatoes vary extensively.

Black Cherry
Black Icicle
Indigo Rose
Paul Robeson
Violet Jasper

Red
Marmande
Matt’s Wild Cherry
Washington Cherry

Striped
Ananas Noire
Berkley Tie Dye
Casady’s Folly
Green Vermissage
Green Zebra
Sara Black
Striped German
Tigerella
Violet Jasper

White
Duggin White
White Cherry
White Tomasoi

Yellow
Garden Peach
Gold Nugget
Hssiao His Hunc Shih
Roman Candle

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