Baker Creek Heirloom seeds where we originally bought these, but they are out-of-stock! This particular plant has either caught on in popularity, or they had a seed-growing disaster last summer, so no stock. Another reason for saving your own seeds each year, something you can only do with open-pollinated seeds like these. Here's the technical information:
An heirloom from Irkutsk, Siberia. The 5-oz. tomatoes are round and very uniform; the color is a wonderful deep blackish-chocolate brown. The flavor is as deep, sweet and rich as the color. A unique salad tomato; the plants produce a large crop and early; a good tomato for fine markets.The Black Prince is pictured top right in the gardener's hands. Look at the color!
But this is only one variety of dozens we grow, which end up on the plate looking like a still-life water color. Does that just make you drool? All of these, despite their unusual colors, are vine-ripened. What a feast to the eyes first, then the palate, and infinitely appropriate in an artist house like ours.
This is so simply delicious, one hardly needs a dressing to embellish the salad. Another favorite is an old-fashioned sandwich with homemade mayonnaise and bread. It's a treat I can live on the entire month of August. This year, I'm hoping we can time our first sunflower oil production to coincide with mayonnaise and tomatoes - more on that later. I also plan to can up a good-sized batch, because we often use tomatoes in cooking, and so it makes sense to have great-tasting ones from my own storehouse. Our friends, Mark and Lauren, make their own pasta for dinner parties, and simply add home-grown and home-canned chopped tomatoes with a drizzle of good olive oil as a simple sauce. With a light sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, it's delicious!
Can I carry on much longer about this? Why, yes, I can. Here are some tomato babies in my kitchen right now. Look at those beauties - grow, little ones, grow big and strong so we can eat you!
That sounds quite dreadful, but they really love hearing this, and I swear I can see them stretching themselves skyward even as I speak the words. Okay, so I exaggerate. Hehe.
What about you all? What's your favorite tomato to grow? And to eat? Or even to throw?