Indeterminate. Cordon. Thought to date back to before 1950, the seeds came to us in a packet from White Rose Seeds, Unionville, Ontario, Canada. Vigorous plants need little space to produce a large crop, on trusses so heavy that they may require some support. The huge, golden-yellow, round, slightly ribbed fruits can weigh more than 500g each and are perfect fresh for slicing, in salads and also tasty when cooked.
Determinate. Bush. This variety was first cultivated in the 1900s, allegedly from a patch of wild tomatoes growing in southern Texas, USA. Produces sprawling bushes that appear to crop better if kept in pots rather than grown in the ground, where they tend to produce foliage at the expense of fruits. The abundant crop of small, red, sweet-flavoured fruits is perfect in salads, or just eaten fresh. Grows well outdoors or under glass.
Determinate. Bush. Commercially available until the 1980s, this very early variety produces sprawling, but compact, plants perfect for containers or hanging baskets. Yields an abundance of attractive, small, oval, pinkish-red fruit with a fabulous sweet flavour.
Determinate. Bush. Donated by Arch Noah, an organisation similar to our own based in Austria. A tumbling type with small, red, round fruits with a pointed blossom end. Produces around 15 soft, juicy, sweet and fruity tomatoes per truss. Let us know what you think of this variety.
Indeterminate. Cordon. Originally brought from Poland after WWII by our donor's neighbour, Wladeck Neitzgoda, and named after him. This prolific variety can be grown outdoors or under glass. The heavy trusses require ingenuity to support. Produces large beefsteak-type fruits with fantastic flavour and aroma. Great for slicing in salads, but also cooks well and makes delicious soup. If seed saving isolate from other tomatoes that have flowers with protruding stigma.
Indeterminate. Cordon. Produces hardy, vigorous, pest and disease free vines laden with small, yellow, pear-shaped fruit. Burpee's catalogue describe this USA heirloom as their “best tasting yellow mini tomato, sweet and mild.” Let us know what you think.
Indeterminate. Cordon. Donated by American author William Woys Weaver, this variety was introduced in the USA in 1967 by Thorburn and Company of New York, but is originally an English variety. The American publication 'The Magazine of Horticulture, Botany & all Useful Discoveries & Improvements in Rural Affairs' (1867) describes this tomato as “very handsome”. It is a prolific producer of small, juicy, yellow, oval-shaped fruits with a lovely sweet and mild flavour.
Vietnamese mustard can be stir-fried or mixed with other salad leaves. Worth growing for its flavour. It is sweet with a peppery kick, but not quite as ferocious as winter mustards. Before the flowers open the buds form tiny, broccoli-like, lime green florets, which are great for adding flavour and texture to salads.