Orris Root

(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

(Iris ‘Florentina’)

An attractive perennial with white flowers and rhizomes that are used for the exotic Orris Root powder.

Flavours/Food Partners

Orris Root, once dried makes an extremely fragrant powder that is widely used in perfumery.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

It is not a culinary herb but there is some anecdotal evidence of Orris Root being used as an aid to cure colds, etc.

Landscaping/Planting

The large flowering shrub is a good border plant and likes part to full sun in a good organic soil.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Harvest regularly to prevent the tubers becoming too large and fibrous. Give regular applications of Seasol and PowerFeed to keep the plant healthy and producing well.

CAUTION: Harmful if eaten.

Herb Attributes

Position PART TO FULL SUN, FROST SENSITIVE
Height 80CM
Width 1.0M