Old time favorite of the home gardener. One of the best heirloom tomatoes on the market as it is widely adaptable and humidity, disease and crack resistant. Early vigorous vines produce high yields of large, 7-10 oz, uniform, smooth, globe-shaped deep red juicy fruits. Excellent for salads, sandwiches or canning.
Pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. However, as long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
This variety has a history of being passed down within a family or community, similar to the generational sharing of certain items like jewelry or furniture.
Determinate types are relatively small and often referred to as bushy or compact. Each short branch ends in a flower cluster and the plant does most of its growing before any fruit are set. The tomatoes tend to ripen at once, usually over a short 2 to 3 week period. After most of the tomatoes are harvested the plant yellows and additional production is limited. If grown upright, the plants are seldom more than 2 - 3 feet tall.
* This is an estimated guide. Conditions may vary considerably due to location.