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Old-world tomato plant

Tomande is a new breed of tomato plant that was bred for the Italian market -- where they really love tomatoes and know how to recognize and appreciate the quality of truly outstanding varieties. Tomande has balanced taste, the somewhat oblate fruit shape and the semi-ribbed shoulders.

Most Italians don't really believe a tomato is a tomato unless it has very dark green shoulders prior to ripening. In fact, they love to eat them when mostly red, but with some dark green still showing on the shoulder. Many tomato breeders say there is a definite correlation between dark green shoulder color on tomatoes and sugars in the fruits. They say tomatoes with dark green shouder color that ripen from the bottom up have sweeter, more pleasing taste than uniform green fruit that ripen all over at the same time.

The fruits of the red, juicy, Tomande tomato are sweeter and somewhat smaller than Beefsteak, averaging about 6.5 ounces each. They have nice texture, and tend to taste like they have less acid than most tomatoes. This tomato has the potential to set a lot more fruit than any of the varieties people compare it to: Beefsteak, marmande or De La Plata -- so overall yield should be much greater.

Maturity is about 68 days. Tomande is resistant to Verticillum wilt, races 1 and 2 Fusarium wilt, root know nematodes and tomato mosaic virus.

Some sources of Tomande tomato seeds for growing in your home garden include: Burpee W. Atlee
Henry Field's Seed and Nursery Co.
Park Seed
Nichols Garden Nursery
Tomato Growers Supply
Mountain Valley Seed
Garden Trends
West Coast Seed
Allen Sterling & Lothrop
Wilhite Seed Co
Gurney's Seed & Nursery Co.


Taste testing can make a great party theme! Got a group of friends who garden? Pool your produce and have a tasting party!


Did you know that taste and smell are our two strongest memory-making senses? What do you remember when you smell tomato sauce cooking on the stove?


Organic food and natural food processing is a choice today that is growing. Isn't that fantastic?


What WILL you do today to move toward your goal? Even one small action today makes a difference. And you can add a little tomorrow and the next day... Together we will restore our environment in our community and around the world.

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