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1950's tomatoes
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Bill Oakes    Posted 05-22-2002 at 09:04:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This morning I cut up a large tomato for my lunch. When I was finished the cutting board was barely wet. It made me think of the thin skinned, really juicy tomatoes that we picked out of the garden when I was a kid. Can I grow those 1950's style tomatoes at home or have they been selectively breaded completely out of existance?

Sarah Spencer    Posted 08-10-2002 at 07:19:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When I was a kid in the 50's, we used to have something called Mexican beefsteak tomatoes. They looked to me as big as a dinner plate, and the taste was just as big. Does anyone know about these? I'd love some seeds.

Donna    Posted 07-27-2002 at 05:31:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I love the old Big Boy tomatoes, and Ponderosa. However, they are so suseptable to blight that I can't grow them. So I have no choice but to rely on the newer, less tasty, varieties. If you don't have a blight problem, those old kinds will do great for you!

ShepFL - make salsa with 'em!!    Posted 05-22-2002 at 11:51:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How about some Salsa for those tasteless tomatoes. Perhaps you can get some flavor that way. I grow Manalucie hierloom tomatoes here in FL. Good heat tolerance and good flavor. Got my seeds from WWW.BURPEE.COM as previous provider no longer sells them.

Here is a recipe to consider - Also check with PCC-AL & Duey(IA) for some other GREAT salsa recipes.

1 Dozen tomatoes, skinned/seeded, chopped
2 medium sized Hot Peppers, chopped *(see note 1)
2 medium sized Green (Bell) Peppers, chopped
1 medium sized onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup Vinegar
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Teaspoon each of oregano, cumin, ground cayenne pepper *(note 2)

Note 1: You can use Jalapeno. I use Hungarian Wax Peppers because they are yellow and add more color.

Note 2: I control how hot I want the salsa with the ground cayenne pepper. Using 1 teaspoon is a mild salsa

. Chop tomatoes, peppers, onion and garlic into small pieces (consider using a Salad Shooter, which really speeds things up).
. Put in a big pot (Dutch Oven)
. Add vinegar and spices
. Bring to boil and cook on low heat for 15 minutes
. Fill hot sterilized jars
. Put on lids and process in hot water bath for 15 minutes.

. Let the chopped tomatoes drain well before adding them to the pot for a thicker salsa

Greg VT    Posted 05-22-2002 at 09:53:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Check out these folks. Lots of good stuff.

Salmoneye    Posted 05-22-2002 at 09:30:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]

What you are referring to is a store-bought 'Strip-Mined' so called tomato.
You can easily grow any of a number of juicy, flavourful varieties that will make you never eat another store bought.

I suggest BeefSteak, Big Boy, or Best Boy...

Now I have to wait till mine are ready :(

WallSal55    Posted 05-22-2002 at 09:28:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can go to (heirloom seeds
from Decorah, IA) Other heirloom seeds may be
found with a search engine, ( type in: heirloom seeds. I buy "Better Boy" tomato plants from the garden centers here in IL. It goes best with our soil in my area, and I get a tomato I can eat right out of the garden (after I rinse it under the hose!). It is good for tomato juice, cooking, salads.

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