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Old July 1, 2016   #1
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Default Tomato varieties named after people, places, or other foods?

I'm waiting for my tomatoes to ripen, which naturally leads to planning next year's garden.
This year I grew 19 varieties from seed (first time!), and have 27 tomato plants in total. I'm sure that some of this year's varieties will return in 2017, but as a newbie tomato-grower I'd like to try new ones, too. I'd appreciate suggestions of tomatoes that fit the following categories so I can organize next year's raised beds thematically:
1. Tomatoes named after people (living/dead/imaginary) - e.g., Abe Lincoln
2. Tomatoes named after places/nationalities - e.g., Adelaide Festival, German Striped
3. Tomatoes named after other foods - e.g., Chocolate Cherry

I'll also have a "grab-bag" bed to accommodate varieties like "Goatbag" and "Girl Girl's Weird Thing," but I already know/have plenty of those. So, what are the very best tomatoes in categories 1, 2, and 3, and why do you like them? (I realize this might be a strange way to plan a garden. If you knew me in real life, you'd understand.)
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Old July 1, 2016   #2
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For tomatoes named after people Mark Twain is one I'm growing this year. It seem to be somewhat rare which always peeks my interest. Have not tried it yet but the plant is strong. I was attacked by fungus gnats early and lost most of its roots from them. That was right around the first leaf stage. Lost several plants to it but Mark Twain recovered and has caught up now. Just started seeing flowers.

Now for places. Goose Creek was a favorite from last year. Great taste and interesting story. Named after Goose Creek, South Carolina.


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Ok. Here are the ones I am growing:
== PLACE , Nationality" black from Tula, Willamette , Oregon Spring , Cherokee Purple , Indian Stripe , Old German

== PERSON: Juliet , Daniel Burson , Boxcar Willie , Hahms Gelbe Topftomate , Azoychka
== EDIBLES : Black Pineapple , Riesentraube , Sakharnyi Zheltyi ( sugary yellow)
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Old July 1, 2016   #4
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This season, I am growing:
Kosovo, Black Krim X (places)
Azoychka (name - this is a diminutive from a Russian name, not sure if inspired by a certain lady)
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Old July 1, 2016   #5
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category one:
Homer Fikes yellow oxheart
Iva's sweet white
Caseys pure yellow
Dagma's Perfection

cateory two:
Flanders Contrast
Gloire de Versailles
Rose de Pessac
Green Moldovan
Russian Rose
Sweet Ozark orange

and many many more.....
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People:
Mazarini (aka Kardinal Mazarini)
Owen's Purple
Anna Russian

Place or People?
Chernomor = Black Sea Man
Ukraine Purple (aka Purple Russian)

You'll be getting thousands to choose from!
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Old July 1, 2016   #7
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People:
Mazarini (aka Kardinal Mazarini)
Owen's Purple
Anna Russian

Place or People?
Chernomor = Black Sea Man
Ukraine Purple (aka Purple Russian)

You'll be getting thousands to choose from!
Yes, I could list many hundreds of ones for each category and then choose many from those hundreds that would be my own faves, but no way do I have time to do that now, as I see it.

Carolyn

Well maybe just a few

Arad's Pink Heart,Arad is a region in Romania
Slovenian Black, from Slovenia
Moldovan Green from Moldova
Large Pink Bulgarian
Omar's Lebanese, from Lebanon and Omar brought it to me
Neves Azorean Red, from the Azores by Anthony Neves
Sheryl's Portuguese Red Heart
German Red Strawberry
Sara's Galapagos, from the islands of same
Anna Russian
Kosovo
Olena Ukrainian
Sandul Moldovan, from the Sandul family
Aker's West Virginia ,from Carl Aker
Tidwell German, from David Pendergrass of TN, been in TN from the Tidwell family since the 20's


..... that's enough for now
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I could add Klyukve ve Sakhare (Cranberries in Sugar), a red cherry varirty that grows as a bush.

There seems to be varying experiences for it: some have got a large indet plant, mine was a decently sized det bushy one..
The taste was definitely a nice one after the fruits were ripe enough.
I'm growing it again for the fall from new seeds I purchased from Russia: let's see if the reults are any different...
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Willard Wynn
Vinson Watts
Zeke Dishman
Paul Robeson
Neves Azorean Red
GGWT
Big Boy
Aunt Ruby's German Green

German Queen
Orange Russian#117
Caspian Pink

Porkchop
Pineapple

are some in my garden this year thanks to the kind people here.

Shout Out to all you who share their seed.

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I'm searching for a name for my new line of promiscuously pollinating tomatoes... I'm wondering about calling it:

Brigham Young
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Ah yes, Paul Robeson!
I grew it last year, but it was not as productive as other blacks have been - probably not the best location for it. Will try again someplace else...
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One of these years, maybe 2017, doctors will be one of my themes.

Dr Buresh Pink Italian
Dr Carolyn
Dr Carolyn Pink
Dr Lyle
Dr Neal
Dr Wyche's Red
Dr Wyche's Yellow
Green Doctors
Green Doctors Frosted
Dr Howard
Dr Fine
Dr Howard
etc...


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I'm searching for a name for my new line of promiscuously pollinating tomatoes... I'm wondering about calling it:

Brigham Young


I like it Joseph!


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People:
Cosmonaut Volkov
any Tarasenko
Orlov's Yellow
Aunt Ruby's German Green
Abe Lincoln
Radiator Charlie
Dwarf Wild Fred
Nicholas Duchov

Places:
Tasmanian Chocolate
Perth Pride
Sweet Adelaide
Qiyanai Huang
Peiping Chieh (named after Beijing, China)
I think any Russian tomato that ends in -ski or -sky means "from that place"
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I have often grown varieties based on places i've traveled like Thessaloniki (Greece), Bulgaria, and climates similar with short seasons.

Recently researching tomatoes developed up the coast like Chesapeake, DelMar, all through NJ and up into Canada....Ramapo (NY), Scotia, Manitoba...(Canada)

Looking for Conn varieties and what seeds may have traveled to the Catskills as most first settlers brought seeds with them from Connecticut. Though may not have grown tomatoes that early. I've been reading some early writings about the history of the area.

20 yrs ago two elderly neighbors up the hill used to walk and visit me in my garden. No longer gardened themselves so i grew their tomato for them and gave them salads, zucchini, beans etc. Not an unusual tomato but has that YeOlde tomato flavor and mid sized with a distinct '4 square' slice. I call it Thema and Louise as they used to tear a** down the hill in their old Bonniville to church on Sunday. (They both wore scarves). Their husbands were brothers and had passed years before. They passed about 10 yrs ago and i've not continued growing but have seeds. I know it is not rare but have been looking for the real original tomato and curious.

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