Tutti Frutti California Heirloom Tomatoes Coming Soon
Summer is just around the corner and so is the first early heirloom tomato crop from Tutti Frutti out of Buellton, California. We anticipate that the first heirloom tomatoes will arrive at the beginning of June. Chris Cadwell has been growing some of the most flavorful heirloom tomatoes you will ever taste since 1988. By definition they must be grown from seeds that have originated before 1940 and been passed down from generation to generation. Heirloom tomatoes are open-pollinated which means they are produced from the same seed of the same variety.
Heirloom tomatoes come in many varieties and beautiful colors. Some of the most popular varieties you will find are Cherokee Purple and Brandywine. Cherokee Purple has a sweet rich flavor with a deep dark purple skin. It originated from the Cherokee Indians around 1890. Brandywine is the most popular of the heirloom tomatoes and is a favorite among chefs. It has an incredibly rich tomato flavor with a pink reddish skin and light creamy flesh. It is an Amish variety from the 1880’s.
Don’t be afraid of the various shapes, colors and sizes of Heirloom tomatoes. All those colors mean they are full of antioxidants. Heirloom tomatoes also have many health benefits including potassium for your heart, vitamin K for healthy bones and they are loaded with vitamin C which is great for your immune system. Stay tuned for flavor profiles on the many different heirloom varieties as they arrive at Earl’s.