Velvet Red Tomato
Winner of the 2009 Tomato Tasting at Seed Savers Exchange’s Heritage Farm. From Seed Savers Exchange member Joe Bratka of Elmwood, New Jersey. Striking silvery gray dusty miller-type foliage. Heavy yields of 1" cherry tomatoes, excellent sweet flavor. Occasionally a non-silvery plant will appear.
- 75-80 days from transplant
- Winner of the 2009 Tomato Tasting at SSE’s Heritage Farm
- Red cherry tomatoes grow to 1 inch
- Excellent sweet flavor
- Silvery-gray foliage
- Heavy yields
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Store your tomatoes at room temperature. The flavor and texture of tomatoes suffer when the fruit is chilled.
Heirloom tomatoes are bred for their flavor and simple preparation best allows that intense flavor to shine through. Tomatoes can be sliced and drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper or layer slices with basil and mozzarella for a Caprese salad.
Roasted tomatoes have a richer, concentrated flavor.
There are hundreds of salsa recipes to try and most are dramatically improved with the use of heirloom tomatoes. Tomatoes are also the main ingredient in Gazpacho, a cold soup that is perfect for summer.
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Tomatoes are sensitive to freezing temperatures, so wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm. Plant in full sun.
- Start Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 7-14 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 24-36” Apart
- Support: Cage, stake, or trellis
Ratings & Reviews
Nice flavor and good size, but there weren’t as many fruits on the plants as I’d expected. I did enjoy them though, so I’m giving them a go again this year.
A sweeter not too acidic gem
by Sweet little mater
A sweeter, not too acidic tasing mater. I love this one.
The plants aren’t huge growers… about 6ft. Silver, fuzzy foliage. Easy staking— easily grown in a container.
This tomato stays red-orange. It doesn’t get red upon ripening.
I'm growing this lovely fuzzy mater in a 4-gallon bucket under grow lights. Started it at the end of Sept. and ate the first fruit January 5th. Started the first 6' pruning it to a single stem then let it branch out. I've lowered the cord a few times and it is a good 10' and lush with several large sucker branches! Large soft fuzzy leaves and fruit. The fuzz is a tad sticky and tastes sour if not rinsed but the maters are sweet and fruity. My fruit set is about 99% with an electric toothbrush. Considering moving it outside and burying the bare stem to see what it can achieve in spring.
Excellent flavor and very productive
Grew this variety last summer in a raised bed. Slow to get going, but turned into a huge, showy plant with a lot of fruit late into the season here in Oregon. Fruit held well after picking. Very nice tomato taste, not sweet like Sungold, but deep. Did not crack. I will plant again this year.