(Lycopersicon esculentum )
Tear drop shaped tomato with a rich red orange colour and is excellent for sauces.
Fresh tomatoes are enhanced by herbs like parsley, chives and celery leaf. Can also be blended with more dessert type herbs like mint, lemon balm and the fruity sages. Partner with any leafy vegetable like lettuce, spinach, mizuna or beetroot leaves. If cooking mix with shallots, garlic and chilli.
Like all tomatoes, Amish Paste is high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene and Vitamin C. Serve in salads, sandwiches or on dry biscuits as a healthy lunch. Health benefits can be enhanced by moderate cooking. Amish Paste makes a full flavored tomato sauce or relish and the rich red flesh is excellent for home made salsa â€” blend in 6 tomatoes, half an onion, two cloves of garlic, splash of vinegar and cup of fresh coriander – blend and serve. Chilli can be added; quantities and variety will depend on desired heat level.
Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Requires a 1.5 to 1.6m stake.
Like all tomatoes it must receive a deep soaking when almost dry and should not receive overhead watering. It is also sensitive to frost. 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.