Sunday, July 31, 2011

Harvested Pineapple; We Like Hungarian Heart

Saturday's harvest included 47 Matt's Wild Cherry, 35 Snow White, 13 Husky Cherry Red(2), 11 Garden Peach, 8 Husky Cherry Red(1), 7 Haley's Purple Comet, 6 Southern Night, 5 Golden Mama, 5 Green Zebra(2) (not Green Zebra), 5 Pink Berkeley Tie Dye, 4 SunGold(1), 4 Cassidy's Folly, 4 Oaxacan Jewel, 4 Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red, 4 Orange And Green Zebra, 3 SunSugar, 3 Kellogg's Breakfast (7 ounces, 12 ounces, 8 ounces), 3 Dr. Wyche's Yellow (11 ounces, 9 ounces, 13 ounces), 3 Quedlinburger Fruehe Liebe, 3 Coyote (7 ounces, 6 ounces) (not Coyote), 2 Black Krim(1) (6 ounces), 2 Sweet Carneros Pink, 2 Aunt Ruby's German Green(3) (11.5 ounces, 11 ounces), 2 German Orange Strawberry, Pineapple (17 ounces) (new), Vorlon, Neves Azorean Red (17 ounces), Persimmon (9 ounces), Stupice, Jaune Flamme, Large Pink Anna(1), Patio, Green Grape, Green Doctor's Kiwi(1) (not Green Doctor's Kiwi), Michael Pollan, Honkin' Big Black Cherry, Big White Pink Stripe (8.5 ounces), Portuguese Neighbor (14 ounces), Yellow Brandywine (13.5 ounces), Large Pink Anna(2), Australian Giant Oxheart (13.5 ounces) for a total of 202 tomatoes.

We've now harvested over 4000 tomatoes for the year, over 2000 tomatoes in the front yard and over 2000 tomatoes in the back yard.

In the afternoon we had a small tomato party with my wife's parents, the "seed lady" and her nine year old along with Tom and Eugenia and their children. We met Tom and Eugenia through this blog! We roasted potatoes harvested earlier in the day from our garden on our new barbeque. Later, my father in law worked the barbeque with skirt steak and chicken. My wife made gazpacho and of course, made a sliced tomato salad. We cut up Pineapple, Black Krim, Aunt Ruby's German Green and German Orange Strawberry. The party was fun -- it was good catching up with Tom/Eugenia and the two year old twins. All the tomatoes worked real well but we all had special praise for the first harvested Pineapple. It was big, pretty and tasted really delicious. German Orange Strawberry was heavily praised by Tom.

But...the tomato jelly was astonishingly good. Amazing!!

At the end of the party the twins picked a few tomatoes. I counted them as best I could.

Everyone went home with a generous amount of tomatoes.

To our surprise, it rained Sunday morning. It rained so much that I didn't harvest. I just counted the ones the children picked: 8 Matt's Wild Cherry, 3 Husky Cherry Red(1), Husky Cherry Red(2) (all eaten) and Green Zebra(2) (not Green Zebra and not eaten) for a total of 15 tomatoes.

This morning we tried Hungarian Heart. I liked it, it's a good tomato. But my wife absolutely loved it, declaring it the best red tomato she ever had! Wow! If we see it, we'll grow it every year.

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