Thursday, July 23, 2009

Best Harvest of 2009 So Far!

Today's bountiful harvest includes 43 Snow White, 34 Red Currant, 26 Black Cherry, 12 Yellow Perfection, 10 Jaune Coeur de Pigeon, 9 White Currant, 7 Tiger Paw, 7 front yard Garden Peach, 6 Babywine, 6 Red Grape, 4 Vintage Wine (7.5 ounces, 6 ounces, 7.5 ounces), 4 Oaxacan Jewel(1) (12 ounces, 14 ounces, 10.5 ounces, 15 ounces), 4 Berkeley Tie Dye (15 ounces, 18.5 ounces, 13 ounces, 14 ounces), 3 Paul Robeson (one 6 ounces), 3 Japanese Black Trifele (8.5 ounces, 6 ounces), 3 Husky Gold, 3 Italian Ice, 3 Oaxacan Jewel(2), 2 Silvery Fir Tree, 2 Black Krim, 2 back yard Husky Cherry Red, 2 German Orange Strawberry, 2 Sweet 100, 2 back yard Garden Peach(1), 2 back yard Green Grape, 2 Orange Blossom (one 6.5 ounces), 2 back yard Garden Peach(2), Plum Tigris, Turkish Striped Monastery, Cuor de Bue (8 ounces), Amazon Chocolate (7 ounces), Sweet Olive, Beaverlodge Plum, a front yard Speckled Roman, Mong (6 ounces), Jaune Flamme and Big Yellow Zebra (new!) for a total of 215 tomatoes from 37 tomato plants!

We have a large back yard Mexico tomato that's maturing and doesn't appear to have any rot. While looking at that I glanced over at Big Yellow Zebra and hey, it has a ripe tomato on it! That was unexpected.

I “harvested” Patio Princess as well but it had terrible end rot. I got rid of two others on the plant with bad end rot.

I'll harvest a Dr. Wyche's Yellow tomorrow.

My wife completed the front yard watering on Tuesday and watered the back yard tomatoes yesterday.

Today is our largest harvest day of the year so far (215 tomatoes) with the largest front yard harvest of the year (118 tomatoes) and from the most plants (37). We're two tomatoes short of harvesting 1500 tomatoes in the back yard for this month.

What a harvest. It would have been Vintage Wine's day, 4 nice tomatoes except the first Oaxacan Jewel plant had 4 beautiful, large tomatoes. It would have been Oaxacan Jewel's day if it weren't for Berkeley Tie Dye and it's 4 huge tomatoes. The 18.5 ounce Berkeley Tie Dye harvested today is the largest of the year.

About three weeks ago I was wondering when Black Cherry and Snow White would come in. Now you know why I was wondering! On a frustrating note, there are mature Snow White tomatoes that I simply cannot reach from any angle.

Today I tried a new technique for harvesting Snow Whites, reaching over the fence and looking down. I found about a dozen that I couldn't find the other way, crawling underneath and looking up.

The steady numbers for both Red Currant and Yellow Perfection are remarkable. Usually a harvest will have a bell curve to it. These two plants have been “steady Eddies”.

At lunch my wife and I tried three tomatoes we hadn't tried this year: Black Krim, Babywine and Berkeley Tie Dye. Black Krim was good, smoother than we remember from previous years. Babywine was quite good and tasty. I think it's good for salads and my wife thinks it's good for sauce. Either way it's good.

Then came Berkeley Tie Dye. Wow, what a complex tomato. It starts off a bit acidic, then mellows out, then gets acidic at the end, more than in the beginning. I like it and so did my wife but I can tell this one is an acquired taste. I would imagine this tomato would be wonderful on a hamburger. The taste of this tomato is as complex as the skin color.

Today was the best harvest of the year so far.

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