Burbank Red Slicing Tomato - Productive Performace
Stocky bushes are 18 - 36" tall producing 6 - 8 oz red fruits perfect for slicing and canning. Very productive and fairly early for a tomato. Does well in drier climates. Mature fruit is a very deep red color with a satisfying bold tomato flavor.
This tomato was developed around 1915 by plant wizard Luther Burbank and was reportedly the only variety that Mr. Burbank raised for canning.
See our tour of the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens in our article and photo essay.
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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