Amish Paste Tomato - Versatile Wonder
Plants are laden with whopping clusters of deep red, one pound, acorn or heart shaped fruits that have thick, sweet flesh with few seeds. Grows tall, needs staking or good support.
Late 1800s Amish heirloom from Lancaster, Pa., via Wisconsin.
Great sauce tomato, sweet and heavy yielding. Also good for slicing and drying. Exceptional for salsas.
Tomatoes were grown as a crop in Mexico and Peru in pre-Columbian times, but the early history of domestication is not well known (most likely in Mexico). In Europe, tomatoes were grown as ornamentals (thought to be poisonous) and became popular as a food only in the 18th century.
Raw or cooked the tomato is one of the most widely used and versatile foods from your garden. Use fresh in salads, sandwiches, and salsas. Cooked in sauces and stews. Can be stuffed, dried, puree, paste or powdered. The uses are endless!
Tomatoes suffer more transplant shock than other vegetables, but you can minimize this by hardening them off for a week or two first. This means setting them outdoors in their pots in a protected place so that they get some warm sun, a little gentle wind, and even some cool (not freezing) nights. This will help them adjust to some of the stresses of real life before having their roots transplanted into the ground.
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This unique variety is on Slow Food USA Ark of Taste. The Ark is an international catalog of foods that are threatened by industrial standardization, the regulations of large-scale distribution and environmental damage. In an effort to cultivate consumer demand—key to agricultural conservation—only the best tasting endangered foods make it onto the Ark.
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This tomato has the sweetest, most luscious flavor of any paste tomato I have ever grown. They made the best tasting sauce of any tomatoes I have tried and cooked down to sauce fairly quickly. Also makes a delightfully fresh, sliced tomato. This is the first time I have planted Amish Paste, and they are my preferred paste tomato now. Also, blight is very bad in my area and particularly this summer. These tomatoes were not immune, but they held up against blight longer than my other tomatoes. I will plant them again next year.
This tomato was our best performer in 2013! Amazing production, great flavor, and it was our last producing tomato that hung in there even after our temps in an unheated hoophouse turned very cold. It seems to produce better if you don't prune it, I pruned it the year before and didn't get near the production out of it.