Solanum lycopersicum

The original wild tomato was a miserly pea sized fruit that grew in the Andes but was transformed by skilful farmers over centuries in the Americas long before the Spanish brought it back to Spain. From there it traveled to Italy where it was warmly embraced and became the basis of much of the cuisine.

Colonial Americans thought of the tomato as poisonous and it took until the 1830’s before it finally began to be accepted as the delicious fruit that we now adore. Once you’ve  grown your own tomatoes and eaten them still warm off the vine, you will be forever spoiled and unable to eat the insipid store bought varieties that inevitably taste like cardboard.

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Homestead

$3.50

Reliable round red tomato

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Indigo Rose

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Dark purple tomato like shiny plums