Tomato Blue Beauty

(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 ‘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.

Flavours/Food Partners

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.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

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.

Landscaping/Planting

Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Requires a 1.8 to 2.2m 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 blue on top and red on base.

Herb Attributes

Position FULL SUN, FROST SENSITIVE
Height 70CM
Width 1.8M