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Old December 19, 2016   #1
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Harvesting some nice Italian Heirloom tomatoes today. As you can see, some are various sizes and shapes. Most are 8 to 10 oz. and a flattened pear shape. Very juicy and full of old-fashioned flavor. Makes for great sauce too. I like my sauce more chunky texture.
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Old December 19, 2016   #2
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Looks delicious, neighbor!
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Looks delicious, neighbor!
I agree completely.

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nothing like a great home made sauce.
Are those tomatoes a true paste, or are they also good to eat fresh? You mention they are juicy.
I enjoy looking at you Floridian's winter photos.such nice reminders of warm sunny days ahead here on the day before the winter solstice in the north.
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Is this the variety you're referring to?Just curious.

http://tatianastomatobase.com/wiki/Italian_Heirloom

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This is the one I am referring to :https://store.tomatofest.com/SearchR....x=0&Search.y=
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First time growing them this season. Don't consider them a "paste" tomato at all. Some are flattened pear shape and some are oxheart shaped. Very juicy and meaty. Can use for sauce or eaten fresh/sliced with meals or at breakfast.
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So two varieties with the same name.

No not all Italian ones are pastes/cooking ones,which is great for those of us who love BIG juicy ones like the Albengo and Liguria ones and other pear shaped ones from Italy.

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I grew Italian Market Wonder last summer. It yielded well. It's a very squat little plant that looks like a determinate, but actually isn't. Flavor was good, but not great.

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I grew Italian heirloom this year and t looks exactly like the pictures above. What I am really disappointed with is that you guys in Florida have tomatoes in December!!
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Yes, We grow our tomatoes in Winter. The nights are cooler and fruit set is best. I start my seeds around Aug 10th and get ripe tomatoes by Dec. This season is very good so far. Had tomatoes in November. Had early fruit set due to cool temperatures. Our season should last until Mother's Day.
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I'm really jealous, but then you would not get any tomatoes in the summer, I am guessing? All the best for a great tomato season to you.
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You are correct. No tomatoes in summer. To hot and fruit does not set. I grow my spinach, lettuce, lima beans, Blue Lake green beans, basil, Italian leaf parsley, and 10 different sunflowers...all in the summer months. Plus a variety of butterfly flowers for the butterfly garden.
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