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I Heart Tomatoes

September 10th, 2009

Tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes. This tomato was a surprise when I picked it yesterday.
Zapotec pleated tomatoes are deeply pleated and quite wonderful. My vines are covered with fairly large fruits. They’re quite dry inside, which is a plus for making sauce. I don’t particularly like them for eating plain, like I do other tomatoes so I happily throw them in the saucepot with many other heirlooms.

Any interestingly shaped veg in your garden?

19 Comments to “I Heart Tomatoes”
  1. KitsapFG on September 10, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Really, the only interestingly shaped veggie in the garden this year is the mutant pumpkins – two fused together out of one stem/vine. Everything else is pretty much shaped as expected.

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  2. Dave on September 10, 2009 at 8:24 am

    That looks like a neat tomato. I don’t have anything especially interesting. There was a really ugly tomato at the beginning of the season though.
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..Asclepias Tuberosa Seeds (Butterfly Weed) =-.

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    • Susy on September 10, 2009 at 8:50 am

      I remember seeing photos of your ugly tomato.

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  3. Ryan on September 10, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I love the complementary colors of the red and green!
    .-= Ryan´s last blog .. =-.

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    • Susy on September 10, 2009 at 10:21 am

      Those are the houseplants in the background.

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  4. s on September 10, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Lovely photo :)

    I grew these this year:

    Trombetta di Albenga climbing italian squash. They are hilariously long and skinny. Not really like the seed packet picture, I need to take a photo…

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    • Susy on September 10, 2009 at 10:19 am

      Cool, I might need to buy some of those for next year. How fun!

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  5. Michele on September 10, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I wish I had tomatoes, any tomatoes. Sadly, blight took almost all of our plants this year. I hate to start growing hybrids with resistance, but may have to next year.
    .-= Michele´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

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  6. Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen on September 10, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I love zapotecs – they’re fantastic in sauce.
    .-= Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen´s last blog ..Eat Your Beef & Butter: CLA, Disease and Diet =-.

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  7. Frugal Trenches on September 10, 2009 at 11:34 am

    OOoh it is beautiful!!!
    .-= Frugal Trenches´s last blog ..5 Steps Towards Health =-.

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  8. Amy W. on September 10, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Interesting shape!

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  9. Pampered Mom on September 10, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I love the sight of pretty tomatoes like those…unblemished by late blight. We just had to pull up 10 or 15 plants from our beds b/c of late blight. So glad to see what others have harvested, though.
    .-= Pampered Mom´s last blog .."No, we’re not doing 4-year old Kindergarten" =-.

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    • Susy on September 10, 2009 at 5:15 pm

      So sorry your plants were stricken with the blight. There were a few people around here that had it as well.

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  10. Dan on September 10, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    This tomato looks nice, I wonder if it would be a good sub for paste tomatoes. Does it produce more then a paste tomato plant?
    .-= Dan´s last blog ..Potato Bin Harvest =-.

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    • Susy on September 10, 2009 at 6:46 pm

      I think a good paste tomato plant produces more than this plant, but perhaps in good conditions it might be better. It’s hard for me to say because I don’t have any actual full-sun areas in my garden. Most of mine only get sun for half of the day.

      We’ve also had such a cool summer this year, none of the plants are producing as heavily as they would have during a hot summer.

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  11. tara on September 10, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    that is without a doubt the happiest tomato i have ever seen!

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  12. the inadvertent farmer on September 11, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    What a sweet tomato! Almost too good to eat…almost! Kim
    .-= the inadvertent farmer´s last blog ..Some Fridays are Not so Funny =-.

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  13. MAYBELLINE on September 12, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Flippin’ fantastic.
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Wasco Rose Festival =-.

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  14. Maria Nation on February 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Hello! Great site!

    I write the newsletter for Berkshire Grown and would like to use your heart tomato to illustrate an item on local restaurants.

    May I have the right to run it? I will gladly credit and link to your blog.

    Thanks! Please let me know because I am doing the newsletter today.

    Maria Nation

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