Dutchman Tomato - Sweet Old-Time Flavor
Large flat dark pink to purple-pink fruits up to 2 - 3 lbs with a mild sweet flavor, an old-fashioned strain from 1920 or earlier. The fruit is about twice as wide as deep with almost solid flesh with few seeds, mid-season and prefers warmer summers.
This is an old family heirloom, introduced by the legendary Merlin W. Gleckler of Glecklers Seedmen in 1958.
From the Gleckler 1958 Catalog description: "Here is an extremely old, large fruited pink-skinned tomato. While not classified as new, it is practically extinct as far as securing seed. In fact, it is doubtful if seed has ever been sold by any seedmen. Only by handing down by generations of one family has this tomato existed. Huge pink-skinned fruits; very meaty red flesh; weight up to 3 pounds and more. Flavor is very sweet and without any acid. Large dense indeterminate vines with healthy foliage. Maturity, mid-season to late."
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.
Seed starting was good and plants transplanted into the garden at the end of April. Plant growth was good with good foliage coverage. Fruit maturity was later than other varieties planted in the garden at the same time. Overall production was average producing fruit about 1 to 2 pounds. This variety is suitable for this area of Virginia Beach, VA.