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Growing Heirloom Tomato Varieties

Learn about the history and ideal growing conditions for several heirloom tomato varieties, and start growing these tempting tomatoes today.

‘Cherokee Purple’ does not turn completely purple, but its excellent smoky flavor is consistent.
Photo By Marie Iannotti
In “The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables,” heirloom expert Marie Iannotti brings us fascinating stories, but more importantly, she tells us which heirloom varieties are the easiest to grow and the tastiest to eat, and how to cultivate each one successfully.
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‘Green Grape’ is actually pale yellow when at its peak and orange when fully mature.
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‘Riesentraube’ ripens slowly down its clustered stem of tomatoes for a lengthy snacking season.
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‘Opalka’ can hang onto large clusters of tomatoes, but it is prone to losing its leaves.
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‘Yellow Pear’ is one of the most popular tomatoes sold at farmers’ markets, but it is easy to grow in your own garden.
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‘Purple’ tomatillos turn purple when they are ready to be harvested.
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Because of its firm shell, ‘Yellow Stuffer’ tends to keep longer than juicy tomatoes.
Photo By Marie Iannotti

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