It 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:
German Lunch Box
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.