Something Old and Something New in Tomatoes

By Charlie Nardozzi

It's the New Year. With the staggering economy, many people are looking to grow more of their own vegetables this year. With that in mind, I thought to highlight some of the best new varieties of vegetables I've found in catalogs this winter. Order early because some of these new varieties are available only in limited quantities.

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable so I'm starting with these. Here is one new and one rediscovered old variety.

'Sweet Seedless' is the world's first hybrid, seedless tomato. We've seen seedless watermelons and cucumbers in stores for years. Now comes a seedless tomato with a great combination of sweet flavor, juiciness, firmness, and high production. It's claimed the lack of seeds makes this a sweeter variety. The indeterminate, red, 8- to 10-ounce fruits mature 68 days after transplanting.

'Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge' is an indeterminate heirloom producing 4- to 10-ounce sized fruits, 80 to 90 days after transplanting. This variety is unique for its color. The flattened shape and ribbing are highlighted by the tangerine'orange fruits with splashes of purple. The purple gets more pronounced as the fruits mature.

For more information on 'Sweet Seedless', go to: Burpee Seeds. For more information on 'Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge', go to: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

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