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Heirloom Tomatoes
Abraham Lincoln
Grown since at least 1923, this tomato was developed in Illinois and named in honor of the state’s greatest son.  The large fruits (often over one pound) grow in clusters with as many as 9 fruits per cluster.  A sturdy plant that fruits a little later than most, but well worth the wait.  Indeterminate 87 day.

Amish Paste
An old Amish heirloom over 100 years old.  Bright red fruit about 8 oz.  Great for sauce or canning.  Meaty but still an excellent slicer.  Low acid but high flavor.  Indeterminate 75 day.

Anna Aasa
This heirloom comes to us from Sweden.  A grape or cherry type tomato. Which is considered to have the most intense flavor of the small tomatoes. The deep red fruits grow in clusters. 70 days.

Arkansas Traveler
These seeds have been saved for over 100 years in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.  Grows well in heat, humidity, and drought.  Resists cracking.  Reputed to be more disease resistant to viruses.  A reliable producer of 6-8 oz. dark rose pink fruit of superior flavor.  Indeterminate.  85 days.

Azoychka
A Russian heirloom that is the favorite of the farmer's market.  The fruits have a luscious sweet citrusy flavor that also has an acidic balance for robust and complex flavor. The fruits are yellow-orange, about 3" (10-12 oz.) and meaty.  Slice and enjoy the fruit or enhance a salad.  Indeterminate. 70 days.

Big Red​
I could not resist this seed. (  I could not find a Scott Frost Tomato).  A lot is known about this plant: big plant, big fruit and big flavor.  18-24 oz. fruit s are big and red.  Not a lot of historical info - but references over many years.  There is a story about a farm family in southern Illinois that has grown it for generations.  Indeterminate. 85 days.

Black Cherry
Early to midseason cherry tomato from Russia.  Skin is dark (almost black) with deep red flesh.  Flavor is sweet, intense, and with a hint of smokiness.  This is one tomato that will make your salad special.  70 days.

Black from Tula
Another Russian heirloom and one of the largest black tomatoes.A beefsteak with dark red skin and deep green shoulders.  A rich sweet 8-12 oz. fruit that sets early for a large tomato st 75 days.  Sets fruit in the heat  when other tomatoes stop producing.  Indeterminate.

Black Krim
This Russian heirloom from the Black Sea region is an early setting tomato with a rich flavor and a hint of salt. A very dark red skin with green shoulders.   Cut this tomato open to reveal red flesh with the seeds surrounded by a green gel.  70 day.

Bloody Butcher
An early heirloom believed to be from England.  2 inch fruits in 5-9 fruit clusters.  Deep red and the flavor of main season tomatoes.  The name comes from the deep red color, and not from any violent history. Potato leaf type tomato.  Indeterminate 65 days.

Bonny Best
This heirloom first mentioned in 1908 from Alabama.  A reliable 6-10 oz. red tomato that is solid and meaty.  In the first half of the 1900’s, famous as a canning tomato.  Now prized for its flavor ranking high in taste tests.  Indeterminate 72 days.

Brandywine
Considered by most as the best flavored tomato.  19th century Amish seed from the Brandywine Creek area of Pennsylvania.  Large pinkish red, flat, irregular fruits.  Medium to tall potatoe leaf plant that should be caged or staked.  Indeterminate 80 days.
small, neat compact plant with red fruit.  An excellent container plant – or suitable in a flower bed.  60 days.

Brookpact
A small, neat, compact plant with red fruit.  An excellent container plant, or a tomato that would fit into a flower bed.  Determinate 60 days.

Caspian Pink
This heirloom originated in the Caspian region of Russia. Over the last few years, has consistently scored high in blind taste tests, even beating out Brandywine.  Dark pink skin with lovely red flesh.  85 days.

Cherokee Purple
Full flavored tomato with unusual color.  The fruit is dusky pink with purple shoulders.  The flesh is purple-brown-pink with green gel.  Grown for more than 100 years in Tennessee.  It is said the seeds came from the Cherokee people.  Indeterminate.  85 days.

Costoluto Genovese
An heirloom tomato from Monticello.  A sweet tomato about 7 oz. in size.  Semi-pleated.  This plant seems to have a natural disease resistance.  Originally from Ital.  Considered by some to make the best tomato juice.  Indeterminate 80 days.

Deutscher Fleiss
A German heirloom tomato of the potato leaf variety.  The name means “German diligence”.  Produces early and all season.A sweet, small red fruit ( 1 ½” across) in groups of 6.  Very crack resistant and stores well.  60 Days.

Druzba
A Bulgarian heirloom coming to the U.S. via France. The name  means “friendship”, and this will be a friend of yours once you try it.  Red fruits with pink-gold shoulders are about 4 inches across. Indeterminate 80 days.

Giant Belgium
An enormous ,sweet , mild dark pink tomato (1 1/2-2 lb fruit).  This will fill any slice of bread for the ultimate sandwich.  An heirloom dating back to the 1930’s in Ohio.  Those who grow tomatoes for show have produced 5 lb fruit from this variety.  Indeterminate 80 days

Japanese Trifele Black
Another Russian heirloom that is a heavy producer of 3-5 inch fruits that are blemish free and rarely crack.  A black to magenta fruit with excellent flavor that is maintained even in canning.  Indeterminate 80 days.

Marglobe
An heirloom not only for flavor but also shape. Bright red and almost perfectly spherical.  Considered by some to be the perfect sandwich tomato. Indeterminate.

Mortgage Lifter  also called  Radiator Charlie
Very early for a beefsteak type.  Large 1-4 pound fruits with a pink skin and red flesh.  Mild flavor.  A great slicer with few seeds.  80 days.

Mr. Stripey   also called  Olympic Flame
Ancient heirloom from the hills of West Virginia.  Huge fruit up to 2 pounds of the beefsteak type.  Mostly orange-yellow in color with streaks or red and pink.  Indeterminate 75 days.

Nearly Wild
As the name suggests, this tomato is almost as close as you can get to the original wild tomato.  The fruits are not much bigger than a pea (1/2”), but, oh! What flavor.  Bright red fruits cover the plant and grow in clusters.  Indeterminate 70 days.

Nebraska Wedding
People have asked for this tomato, so here it is.  The fruit is sweet and orange. Fruits may be up to 4" and usually ripens over a 2 week period.  Lore, dating to the late 1880's, tells us that in western Nebraska, seeds were given to newly-weds as a sign of prosperity and plenty.  The newly-weds would use the seeds for fruit for their family and save seeds for the next wedding.  Other stories say churches were decorated with tomatoes, and they were also used for garnishments at the wedding.  You don't have to wait for a wedding - just enjoy this beautiful, sweet tomato.  Determinate. 85 days.

Paul Robeson
A mid-season heirloom believed to be from Russia.  Deep maroon colored fruit that is medium sized, sweet and tangy in flavor.  A blemish free tomato that will bear in cool temperatures.  Indeterminate.

Pineapple
Known for enormous fruit with beefsteak type fruit.  Orange-yellow with red streaks and no green shoulders..  Meaty with mild flavor.  Indeterminate 90 days.

Principe Borghese
An old favorite from the Tuscany region of Italy.  Prolific little, plum type tomato that is a favorite for drying, and is also excellent for sauce.  Also stores well in the falwithout drying.  Often requires no staking – unless the crop is unusually large.  Dterminate 75 days.

Riesentraube
Literally translated as “Giant bunch of grapes”, this Germain heirloom dates back to at least 1855.  Fruits are small, and grow in clusters.  Not sweet like a cherry tomato but with a full beefsteak flavor.  Indterminate 80 days.

Rutgers
Yes, Rutgers is officially an heirloom tomato.  Developed by the Campbell Soup Co. and improved by Rutgers University. This tomato has been a workhorse in the garden since released in 1934.  A rich meaty red 4-6 ounce tomato that resists cracking.  
Indeterminate 74 days.

San Marzano
A thinner tomato with a pointed end.  Very meaty. The taste is sweeter, stronger and less acidic than most Roma tomatoes.  The only tomato used in Italy to have a classification for a named product, and the only tomato that can be used for true neopolitan pizza.  Most consider this the premier tomato for sauce and paste.  Best known to produce longer in the heat of summer.  Indeterminate 85 days.

Siberian
An early tomato that is able to grow in colder soil.  Not to be confused with Siberia.  Better flavor and more prolific.  Bright red, somewhat flat  fruit about 2-3 inches in diameter.  With care, may produce by July 4.  50 Days.

Sicilian Saucer
Mid -season  Sicilian heirloom with thick, meaty flesh – just made for tasty sauce.  Average 2 pounds, but could compete for largest tomato in your garden. Indterminate 75 days.

Stupice
A native of Czechoslovakia known for sweet fruit and extremely early yield.  Small, 1-22 oz fruits but packed with flavor. Stands up to cold weather. Often bearing fruit after 52 days, this is still an indeterminate tomato.  60 Days

Thomas Jefferson
Not much is known about its origin, but scattered references are made for over 150 years.  May have been named in recognition of the President’s work in horticulture. The seeds were sold by his family. Excellent flavored red fruit.  A reliable producer.  Indeterminate 78 days.

Wonder Light
Siberian heirloom brought to this country in 1991.  Bright yellow plum, or paste type tomato. Very versatile – great for sauces, catsup, salsa, salads, or just sliced.  Sweet, mild flavored.  Fruits are 6 oz (2-3 “).  Indeterminate 78 day

Yellow Pear
The seeds have been saved since around 1800. Sweet yellow, cherry type tomato on a large (6 ft) plant.  Very juicy.  A little later than most cherry tomatoes.  78 days.

Xiaoyangzao
Please do not ask how to pronounce this tomato name. Believed to be Cantonese; meaning “Small seed”.  A red cherry-type tomato that is similar in shape to pear-type tomatoes.  A mid-season tomato ealier than most cherry-type.  Intense flavor.  Indeterminate.

Ziegler’s Fleisch
Small, mid-season producing plant with 3-5 oz. red fruit.  Good sweet flavor.  Very Productive.  Great contaioner plant.  80 days.

Heirloom Peppers

Numerous people have asked if there are heirloom peppers.  Like tomatoes, these are pepper varieties from which people have saved seeds for years due to their superior flavor.  After offering sweet peppers for several years, and getting requests for hot peppers, we are now offering hot peppers as well.



Sweet Peppers

California Wonder
This heirloom sweet pepper is still grown commercially and is available in most grocery stores.  A blocky four lobed pepper that is usually eaten as a green pepper, but will turn red if allowed to ripen.  The fruit starts as light green, then matured to dark green, and finally red.  70 days.

Corno di Toro
“Horn of the Bull”.  This Italian heirloom is the red variety of this classic pepper.  Prolific pepper that is sweet and thick.  The large fruit is 8-12”.  Great for  frying, grilling and roasting.

Jimmy Nardello Sweet Italian
Brought to the U.S. from Italy in 1887.   Prolific banana pepper 6-9” long.  Sweet with a hint of spiciness.  A great frying pepper.

Marconi Gialo
Like the Marconi Rosso, this heirloom pepper comes from Italy.  Early for a large sweet pepper.  It is a squared, lengthen shaped fruit that turns from green to yello when ripe.  This pepper adds that extra color to salads or fried dishes.  Ripens in about 70 days.

Marconi Rosso
This heirloom pepper comes from Italy.  Early for a large sweet pepper, it is a squared lengthened shape fruit that turns from green to red when ripe.  Use for salads or frying.  Ripens in about 70 days.

Nocera Rosso
This Italian heirloom peppeer's fruits are long and narrow with 3 lobes.  The flesh is sweet.  Will make a great roaster or use as you would a sweet pepper.  Ripens from ghreen to red in about 80 days.

Quadrato Asti Rosso
A large sweet heirloom bell pepper from the Asti region of Italy.  Starts out green ripening slowly to a bright red.  A thick, crisp flesh that holds it flavor green or red.  Great for stuffing, frying or in salads.  Ripens in about 80 days.


Hot Peppers
Fish
An African-American heirloom that was first recorded in 1870.  Today, this pepper is used in the oyster and crab houses of Chesapeake Bay.  The 2 foot plant has beautiful green and white leaves with 2-3” fruit that matures from green to orange-brown, to red.  Medium hotness.  Makes a wonderful salsa.

Early Jalapeno
This heirloom jalapeno pepper is not as hot as most (4,000 – 5,000 on the Scoville scale) and gets even less hot as it turns red.  Most of the heat is in the seeds and the membranes inside the pepper. So if you want flavor and less heat, trim out the inside of the pepper.  Smoke the red peppers to make chipotle.  60 days for green peppers and 83 days for red peppers.

Ghost
If you want a hot pepper, this one is right up there with the hottest (often rated over 1 million on the Scoville scale).  In 2011 a ghost pepper held the world record for the hottest pepper.  Handle with care - use gloves.  Also known as the Bhut Jolokia pepper. or the 7-pot pepper as 1 pepper can "heat up 7 pots of chili".  The Men's Garden Club should have you sign a waiver just to buy one of these.

Poblano
Mildly pungent also known as the ancho pepper when dried.  A standard in Mexican cooking.  Most often the pepper used in chilli rienos and mole.  Unlike mist peppers, if allowed to ripen to red color, fruits are hotter and more flavorful than when picked green. Only 1,000 to 2,000 on the scoville scale.

Sandia
OK, not yet an heirloomon its own.  It was developed by a cross of 2 heirloom peppers in the 1950's.  It is open pollinated and has been a favorite for pepper afficianatos.  This pepper has about the heat of the jalapeno fruit but is larger (5-7 inches).  It has medium thick walls and is great for roasting on the grill.  Wonderful for enchiladas.  90 days.

Serrano
People asked for a hot pepper and this is a good one.  Not in the heat range of ghost or hababera (only 10,00-25,000 on the scoville scale) but still has an attitude.  The walls are thick and meatier than most peppers.  This pepper comes feom the hills of Peublo, Mexico.  Often used for salsa.  Ripens early for a hot pepper.  75 days.

Thai Dragon
As you might suspect, this pepper is from Thailand.  Used fresh or preserved in oil or vinegar.  It is hot (anywhere from 50,000-100,000 scoville units).The fruits are only 1 - 1 1/2 inch long and about 1/4 inch wide.  It can also be grown as an ornamental.  The nice thing is that the pepper can be placed whole in cooking and the flavor will go into the food without the heat.  The heat is mostly in the seeds and membrane inside of the fruit.  Starts to mature in 40 days.














The Men's Garden Club offers the largest selection of heirloom tomatoes available in the Omaha area.
anticipate having in 2018 (barring any late crop failures).
Our Tomato Guru, Ralph Peppard