Friday, July 24, 2009

Harvested 257 Tomatoes, One 27.5 Ounces!

Yesterday's harvest was the biggest to date but today's harvest is bigger.

The harvest includes 55 Snow White, 35 Red Currant, 21 Jaune Coeur de Pigeon, 17 front yard Garden Peach, 17 Black Cherry, 14 White Currant, 14 Yellow Perfection, 9 Tiger Paw, 9 Oaxacan Jewel(2) (6 ounces, 6 ounces), 8 Babywine (one 6 ounces), 7 Oaxacan Jewel(1) (11.5 ounces, 8 ounces, 13 ounces, 10 ounces, 7 ounces, 8 ounces), 5 Berkeley Tie Dye (18.5 ounces, 6 ounces, 10 ounces), 5 Super Snow White, 4 back yard Husky Cherry Red, 4 back yard Green Grape, 3 Orange Blossom (one 6 ounces), 3 Red Grape, 2 Silvery Fir Tree, 2 Vintage Wine, 2 Sweet Olive, 2 back yard Garden Peach(1), 2 Pierce's Pride (8.5 ounces, 8 ounces), 2 Cuor de Bue, 2 Italian Ice, 2 back yard Mexico (New! 27.5 ounces, 20.5 ounces), Black Krim, Big Yellow Zebra (12 ounces), Sweet 100, a back yard Speckled Roman (with end rot), a back yard Garden Peach(2), Turkish Striped Monastery, Japanese Black Trifele, Husky Gold, Paul Robeson, Black From Tula (8 ounces) and Dr. Wyche's Yellow (New! 12 ounces) for a total of 257 tomatoes!

The technique mentioned yesterday – trying to also harvest from the top looking down as opposed to exclusively harvest from the bottom looking up has brought dividends. The high numbers for Snow White, the front yard Garden Peach, Jaune Coeur de Pigeon and even Yellow Perfection are a direct result from this additional technique. Today's total might be artificially bumped up because of this but time will tell.

Today was the most harvested number to date (257 tomatoes) and by far the most harvested in the front yard (163 tomatoes) as well as by far the heaviest front yard harvest. It is probably the heaviest in the back yard as well but some hefty tomatoes were picked the night before and added to today's totals.

The back yard Mexico tomato, harvested by my wife last night, is the heaviest tomato we've ever harvested. The 27.5 ounces isn't a misprint (for what it's worth I round to the nearest half an ounce because I'm using a postal scale), we weighed it twice. Two years ago I harvested a 25 ounce Jeff Davis. It makes the other back yard Mexico harvested this morning (20.5 ounces) look downright mundane.

My wife and I harvested some Berkeley Tie Dyes for a sauce she was making using just this tomato. One of the tomatoes had a bit of rot which was broken off before taking it inside. The rest of the tomato weighed 15 ounces so I estimated the weight of the original tomato at 18.5 ounces. I am impressed with this plant!

Another impressive showing was the 16 harvested Oaxacan Jewel tomatoes among the two plants.

About 10 days ago I readjusted my estimate for the month downward from 4000 tomatoes to above 3000 tomatoes. Since then our numbers have rocketed upward. We just passed the 3000 total for the month and the original 4000 tomato estimate is looking to be right on target.

The harvested Dr. Wyche's Yellow is a pale orange color.

My wife sliced up a bunch of Black Cherry tomatoes in half and roasted them overnight. She did the same thing with some of the yellow tomatoes.

Some Early Annie tomatoes are beginning to mature.

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