(Lycopersicon esculentum ‘Pink Berkeley Tie Dye’)
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. Pink Berkeley Tie Dye is an indeterminate variety fruiting in eight to ten weeks from planting and has the best colour of all with vibrant rose green skin streaked with splashes of yellow and a psychedelic inside. Another Brad Gates selection.
Fresh tomatoes are enhanced by herbs like parsley, chives and basil but Pink Berkeley Tie Dye has as much flavour as it does colour and is fantastic with almost any herb, spice or cheese.
Like all tomatoes, Pink Berkeley Tie Dye is high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene and Vitamin C. Serve in salads, sandwiches or as a side to baked fish. Health benefits can be enhanced by moderate cooking and the firm, dense, meaty texture makes it ideal for sauces and baking. It has a rich sweet flavour with low acidity.
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 as soon as it reaches full colour.
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