Old Time Tomatoes

By National Gardening Association Editors

Gardeners grow heirloom tomatoes for a variety of reasons- for their delicious flavor, unique appearance, to maintain strains of genetic diversity. But even if these other reasons didn't apply, many are worth growing for their names alone.

Wouldn't you like to have 'Monomakh's Hat' out in your garden, just so you could say the name? This is one of a number of new heritage tomato varieties offered this year by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. From Siberia, it sets large, raspberry-colored fruits with a delicious, honey-like sweetness. And the hat? It's named for the diamond-studded coronation crown worn by Russian tsars.

The pleated outline of the large, pink fruits of 'Pink Accordian' tomatoes will make some truly uniquely-shaped slices, to complement their sweet, mild flavor. These tomatoes are semi-hollow, which makes them great for stuffing.

There is an old Russian saying, "Eat bread and salt and speak the truth." Perhaps you can serve "Bread and Salt" tomatoes along side. Named for the Russian tradition of serving bread and salt to guests as they arrive, these big, sweet tomatoes are slightly wedge-shaped and pink in color. And that's the truth!

For more information on these and other heirloom tomato varieties, go to: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds .

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