Tomato Heirloom ‘Reisentraube’

(Lycopersicon esculentum )

A popular crimson red medium tomato with great taste that tolerates low night temperatures, so it is ideal for cooler area. A Russian heirloom that is an early producer. A tough and vigorous producer that needs staking.

An attractive cultivar medium sized, scarlet red fruit that is full of flavour. Tolerant of cool night temperatures and ideal for cool climate gardens

Flavours/Food Partners

A rich flavored tomato that partners well with Latin herbs like garlic, oregano, marjoram, rosemary and thyme. Use with any good salad vegetable, Nasturtium flowers and mixed fresh herbs to make an attractive and tasty salad.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

Like all tomatoes, Red Russian is high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene and also Vitamin C. For a classic rich sauce cook and mix with garlic, marjoram, sweet basil, diced shallots, and fresh pizza thyme. Finely dice, mix finely chopped shallots, fresh pesto basil and extra virgin olive oil and place on lightly toasted Turkish bread then top with an anchovie for a special homemade bruschetta.

Landscaping/Planting

Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Requires a 1.1 to 1.4 m stake.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Like all tomatoes it must receive a deep soaking when almost dry and should not receive overhead watering. Feed regularly with Seasol and Powerfeed. A small amount of dolomite lime after planting will make stronger plants. Remove side shoots and develop two or three main leaders. Harvest when fruit is full color

Herb Attributes

Position Full Sun
Height 1.2m
Width 50cm
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Description

(Lycopersicon esculentum)

Riesentraube, meaning ‘giant bunch of grapes’ is a German heirloom variety. This is an extremely productive plant, bearing astonishingly long clusters of 20 to 40, 30-35mm red fruit. Flavour is so rich, it is often used to make tomato wine.

A heavily fruiting cherry type tomato with a definite pointed base. Originating in Europe it was originally used for producing tomato wine.

Flavours/Food Partners

Cherry tomatoes partner well with Latin herbs like garlic, oregano, marjoram, rosemary and thyme when cooked or when fresh they are enhanced by herbs like parsley, chives and celery leaf. They are pleasant when eaten whole on their own.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

Like all tomatoes, Reisentraube are high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene. This is enhanced by moderate cooking. Serve whole in salads or lightly fry with fresh purple asparagus, garlic, pesto basil and lemon grass. Quarter and mix with orange and yellow cherry tomatoes, diced fetta onion and fresh coriander for a colourful salad. They are high in Vitamins A, B1, B2 and C.

Landscaping/Planting

Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Does not require a stake.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Like all tomatoes it must receive deep soaking when almost dry and should not receive overhead watering. Feed regularly with Seasol and Powerfeed. A small amount of dolomite lime after planting will make stronger plants. Harvest when fruit is full color.

Herb Attributes

Position Full Sun
Height 75cm
Width 60cm