(Lycopersicon esculentum ‘Blue Beauty’)
Heirloom Tomatoes – Generations of Flavour Heirloom technically refers to open pollinated, free bred cultivars prior to 1945 however there are many varieties that have been selected or bred in a natural way since 1945. This is particularly so for tomatoes and these new forms are referred to as Modern Heirlooms. Blue Beauty is a Brad Gates introduction from a cross between a blue variety and ‘Beauty King’. It has attractive blue shoulders with a red pink base.
The acidic flavour of tomatoes partner well with Latin herbs like garlic, basil, oregano, marjoram, rosemary and thyme when cooked or raw with coriander, dill and parsley. Use with onions, zucchini, eggplant and red meats like lamb and beef.
Like all tomatoes, Blue Beauty is high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene. This is enhanced by moderate cooking although this variety has such amazing colours it is best used as a slicing or salad tomato. With its beefsteak appearance it is also good for baking as thick slices with pasta and steak.
Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Requires a 1.8 to 2.2m stake.
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 blue on top and red on base.
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