I was given the seed around 5 years ago by a man who’s father had grown it for a leading NZ canning brand. He praised it for its real old fashioned tomato flavour, how easy it was to grow, and the prolific amount of fruit produced. And he was not wrong.
It grows like a bush on the ground. No lateraling or staking is required. Water the leaves with a hose, and it doesn’t get blight or mildew, and it doesn’t seem susceptible to blossom end rot.
We’d like to see this tomato more widely grown, so last year, we gave away a small amount of the seed on our Facebook page, and there was tremendous interest in it.
Jenni’s daughter Billie decided to take it on as a summer project, so we could have more seed to share this season.
I think you’ll agree from the photos that she has done a fantastic job growing and tending the plants, harvesting the fruit, extracting the seed and processing it, then drying and packing it. Even when her Dad mistakenly ate the precious first ripe one in a sandwich, she persevered.
All the proceeds from the sale of these seeds go to Billie for her camera fund. If you buy some, please save and share the seed with other NZ home vegetable gardeners.
This heirloom tomato performs well in New Zealand gardens. It is an open-pollinated variety that you can save the seed from and grow year after year.