Monday, July 15, 2013

Harvested Five New Tomatoes; Pineapple Pig Was Extraordinary!

Saturday's harvest includes 15 Black Cherry, 10 Sweet 100, 9 Supersweet 100, 5 Garden Peach, 5 Isis Candy, 4 Indigo Rose, 4 Husky Cherry Red, 4 Juliet, 2 Crynkovic (6 ounces, new), 2 Husky Red(1), 2 Yellow Perfection, 2 Hungarian Heart, 2 Berkeley Tie Dye, 2 Snow White, 2 Speckled Roman(1), 2 Jaune Flamme, Pineapple Pig (14 ounces, new), SunGold(1) (new), Green Grape (new), Vorlon, Black Krim (7 ounces), Paul Robeson, Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red(1), Dr. Wyche's Yellow (9 ounces), German Orange Strawberry, Jersey Giant, Missouri Pink Love Apple, Black and Brown Boar, Speckled Roman(2) and Anana's Noire (7 ounces) for a total of 86 tomatoes.

In the morning the gardeners pulled out six dead tomato plants. They were Pierce's Pride, Brad's Black Heart, Black Seaman, Nyaguos, Green Zebra and Michael Pollan. There were about 50 Michael Pollan tomato plants littered on the ground in two spots within the back yard. It's really sad to see Michael Pollan go away because the tomatoes were meaty and tasty.

But we did harvest four new tomatoes today. By far the most spectacular was the beautiful 14 ounce Pineapple Pig tomato. Here's an image of that tomato.

In the afternoon my wife, her parents and I went to a restaurant. We brought along three tomatoes to eat with our meal: Piement, Green Grape and Pineapple Pig. We tried them in that order. Again, Piement had an amazing texture. My wife declared that it was the best tasting tomato skin she's ever tasted, and I can understand that sentiment. Especially so if I want to remain married. In all seriousness I'd have to agree with her about the skin of this tomato.

Green Grape tasted good as usual, though it's hard to divide up such a small tomato into four parts. I think it may have been only cut up in three parts.

Pineapple Pig tasted as good as it looks. Inside it truly looked like a pineapple. It was entirely yellow inside with a slight pink blush in one spot. The tomato tasted as good as it looked. I think we had that 14 ounce tomato eaten among the four of us in about 90 seconds. It was truly delicious.

I now know I harvested last year's Pineapple Pig a little early. I would harvest it when it had a mostly yellow color among green striping. Now I know to wait until the green color is pretty much completely gone. Wow, it was a real pleasure to eat part of this tomato!

Afterward my in-laws left with a bunch of our tomatoes.

Sunday's harvest includes 17 Black Cherry, 10 Green Grape, 9 Sweet 100, 5 Supersweet 100, 5 Garden Peach, 3 Juliet, 3 Husky Cherry Red, 3 Blue Beauty, 2 Berkeley Tie Dye, 2 Speckled Roman(1), 2 Speckled Roman(2) (6 ounces), 2 Snow White, Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red(1), Stupice, Hungarian Heart, Yellow Perfection, Paul Robeson, Missouri Pink Love Apple, Black and Brown Boar, Jaune Flamme, German Orange Strawberry (9 ounces), Japanese Black Trifele, Isis Candy and Husky Red(1) for a total of 75 tomatoes.

Sunday was the first (annual?) Popsiclelooza held in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. This was a neighborhood event and roughly 40 - 50 people attended. The popsicles were made by my wife's maid of honor. Everyone had a good time. We brought more tomatoes to give away.

Today's harvest includes 9 Shah/Mikado, 9 Sweet 100, 7 Black Cherry, 6 Snow White, 5 Juliet, 4 Blue Beauty, 4 Green Grape, 3 Supersweet 100, 3 Berkeley Tie Dye, 3 Jaune Flamme, 2 Piement (6 ounces), 2 Indigo Rose, 2 Isis Candy, 2 Husky Cherry Red, 2 Stupice, 2 Jersey Giant, 2 Garden Peach, Amos Coli (new), Vorlon, Speckled Roman(1), Dr. Wyche's Yellow (7 ounces), Missouri Pink Love Apple, Crynkovic and Speckled Roman(2) for a total of 74 tomatoes.

Here's a troubling sign: The harvest numbers are dropping and some of the producing tomato plants look spent. We may be on a pace for some terrible numbers this year.

Amos Coli looks like a cross between Speckled Roman (hand grenade shape) and Piement (color).

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