Tomatoes - so many varieties!
Tomatoes are one of those home grown veggies that stir real passion in our gardening community. It is a challenge to get your tomatoes in as soon as possible and to still have fresh tomatoes being harvested into early winter. With your own glass house this is not too hard. However with varietal selection it can still be done in the suburban garden.
Go to the local supermarket and you maybe lucky to get three or four varieties to choose from. If you lived in Europe or US and liked to grow your own from seed there are hundreds of cultivars to select from. Some have been part of the home garden for over 300 years. There is a range of colors from pure white to almost black, sizes from small currant like to large 300 gram fruit and a flavour range from sweet and fruity to tart and acidic. They are cultivars that are best used for sauces, salsas, slicing, salads, wines, preserving, tinning, pickling, juicing, stuffing, baking, frying, drying and almost any other imaginable use.
The range is so great it is almost criminal what the supermarkets give us to choose from.
There are some local nurseries that have had a broad selection of seedlings available to a small market of loyal customers. Now through Renaissance Herbs – an Australian wide group of passionate nursery folk – local garden centres and nurseries can access in a excess of 30 cultivars. They have two ranges – the Heirloom and the general salad/veggie collection.
The following pages give brief descriptions of their varieties. If you are interested in obtaining these plants go to your local garden centre and ask them to contact their local Renaissance Herb supplier.