The original Shah or White Mikado Tomato dates to 1886 and is shrouded in mystery. Some think the strain has been lost, while others claim it has not. Either way, this is a unique, robust and delicious tomato for the home gardener.
It grows 8-12 oz. flattened globes of creamy, pale to light yellow skinned with white flesh having a superb mildly sweet full bodied flavor. The flavor is more reminiscent of orange or pink tomatoes, not washed out or insipid like some white varieties.
We were pleasantly surprised by the production and flavors with this variety from our trial garden. We weren’t sure it would hold up under our harsh Southwest conditions - low humidity and 40°F daily temperature swings with a near-constant breeze pulling moisture off the plants. Not ideal conditions for larger sized tomatoes!
Shah pulled through with the foliage covering and protecting the plants from the sun and breeze. Our tomatoes were on the smaller size of 8 – 10 oz. but there were plenty of them to taste and enjoy.
We used them for fresh eating by the slice, then on sandwiches and in salads, where they added a nice color and taste variance from the deeper, richer flavors of the reds. The sauce we made was very pale yellow, almost a white with a lighter but favorable tomato flavor. It paired well with a touch of garlic, some slow pan-roasted white onions and Genovese basil added in the last few minutes.
Indoors: 6 - 8 weeks before last frost sow 1/4" deep and keep soil evenly moist at 60- 70 degrees F. When the second set of leaves appears, transplant seedlings to individual pots.
Harden off 2 weeks before setting out, when weather is fully warm, in a spot with at least 8 hours of sun daily. Plant seedlings up to 2" under the first leaves, at least 3' apart. Water deeply and well in dry weather.
Outdoors: Sow as above, directly in site when weather is warm.
I found this to be a great tomato to grow. It was very productive over the whole summer on plants that stayed a manageable size! A medium sized tomato with great flavor, although I didn't particularly get the Brandywine similarity. My fruits were also very white with just a tint of pale yellow.