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Posted on 06 March 2009 by

Black Tomatoes Continue to be Popular in 2009

black-tomatoBy Michelle Fabio

According to Gary Ibsen of TomatoFest, black tomatoes are again some of the most popular heirloom tomatoes for 2009.

Of the Top 10 most popular heirloom tomatoes, four are black–which aren’t actually black but various dark colors from deep purple to mahogany.

Black heirloom tomatoes have been gaining in popularity for the last six years and saw their best year in 2008.

Originally from the southern Ukraine, they can now be found all over the world and are especially desired among tomato growers in the United States.

Sweeter bi-colored tomatoes and various colored cherry Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 29 December 2008 by

Touching Tomato Stories for the Holidays

By Michelle Fabio

Gary Ibsen, founder and executive director of the Carmel TomatoFest in Carmel, California, loves tomato stories so much that he offers tickets to the famous festival to those with the best stories every year.

And don’t we all love great tomato stories, especially around the holidays?

The 2008 winners are as follows:

1st Place: Larry Volpe, San Jose, CA. “I teach at Seven Trees School in San Jose in a low-socioeconomic neighborhood made up mostly of Hispanic immigrants. When I started teaching I quickly noticed that the non-English speaking, immigrant community I served was reluctant to come to school. I had very few parents coming to Back to School Night, and even less would come to various other school functions. Working in the garden has changed this to the extreme….”

2nd Place: Linda Brown, San Ramon, CA. “After the yard was Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 25 February 2008 by

Black Tomatoes Coming Into Fashion

Black Krim TomatoBy Michelle Fabio

Perhaps you love nothing more than a big red (or pink or orange or yellow) tomato, but you just might want to make room for another color on the shelf–black.

According to Gary Ibsen of TomatoFest Garden Seeds, one of the Internet’s largest organic heirloom tomato seed sellers, “black” tomatoes are becoming increasingly popular in produce markets and with both chefs and home gardeners.

Indeed, the Paul Robeson “black” heirloom tomato has won “Best Tasting Tomato” for several years at the NatureSweet Carmel TomatoFest in California, which you’ve read about here at Tomato Casual as well.

Other popular black tomatoes include Black Krim, Black Cherry, Black From Tula, Japanese Black Trifele, Read the rest of this entry »


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