NOVIC Daughter Trial: Tomatoes

Evaluating Disease Resistance, Productivity, and Flavor of Tomatoes in the PNW

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Variety D: Matina

Matina Sweet is a potato leaf, indeterminate, red, salad tomato carried by Uprising Seeds (among others). Listed as one of Amy Goldman’s “100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden,” Matina originates in Germany. Matina’s highlight is how early it started… Continue Reading →

Variety H: Crimson Sprinter

Crimson Sprinter is a medium, red, slicing tomato on semi-determinate vines. This old school gem was bred by Dr. T. Graham in Guelph, Ontario at the Ontario Agricultural College. Reportedly, the Sprinter in its name is refers to speed skaters… Continue Reading →

Variety F: Plum Perfect

Plum Perfect is a hybrid variety bred by Cornell University. As of my knowledge, Cornell is still looking for a company to license and sell this disease resistant variety. Plum Perfect is reportedly quite productive, and meaty. I also have… Continue Reading →

Variety G: Damsel

An indeterminate, large, pink, slicing tomato offered by High Mowing Organic Seeds. High Mowing describes Damsel as the “Holy Grail of tomatoes,” as in it grows like a hybrid (which it is), but tastes like an heirloom. Damsel F1 was… Continue Reading →

Variety A: Home Stoop

Home Stoop is a large, red, slicing tomato bred by the brilliant Frank Morton at Wild Garden Seed. It comes from a cross of the Eastern European heirloom Stupice (or ‘Stupishka’ in Czech) with a commercial variety called Homestead. When… Continue Reading →

Lacto-Fermented Salsa and the Culinary Breeding Network

I was approached with the opportunity of lecturing about the NOVIC trial and doing tastings with a few Evergreen fall 2017 programs. Evergreen starts late, usually the last week or two of September. Depending on weather, I was worried we… Continue Reading →

Organizing this Blog

Full disclosure: I’ve never blogged before. But I’m told I excel at telling “scientific stories.” By the time I agreed to start documenting the NOVIC trial, it was early September and most varieties were mid-harvest. As explained to me, the… Continue Reading →

Waxing Poetic about Tomatoes

As I write this entry I have been working on the NOVIC trial for close to 6 months! In retrospect, it’s really quite amazing how long we wait for fresh tomatoes here in the Pacific Northwest. But we do it… Continue Reading →

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