Herb Robert

(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

(Geranium robertianum)

A small and short lived perennial that was once called St. Robert. It is believed that the herb was probably named after the 11th Century French Saint Robert, Abbot of Molerne, whose medical skills were legendary.

Flavours/Food Partners

This is not normally a culinary herb although it has been used as a preventative and to strengthen the immune system, the leaves and stems can be used as a tea where it partners well in tea with lemon balm, lemon verbena, sage and fennel, add some Stevia for a sweeter drink.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

Over the centuries Herb Robert has been used as a gargle for mouth ulcers, bleeding gums and sore throats. As a foot infusion it is said to help remove toxins, heavy metals and radiation from the body and as such often used by those who have been subject to x-rays, mobile phones and continually working with computers. A hot poultice made of steeped leaves is said to be soothing to bladder pains, neuralgia, bruises and persistent skin problems.

Landscaping/Planting

A quick growing plant in shady damp conditions but will tolerate a wide range of conditions provided it is protected from strong sun and drying out. No insect pest bothers it, it is said the smell of the leaves act as an insect deterrent and can be used in animals bedding.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Regular applications of Seasol and Powerfeed and regular harvesting will keep the plant healthy and producing well.

Herb Attributes

Position SHADE TO PART SUN, MODERATE FROST
Height 25CM
Width 30CM