Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
Thomas Jefferson was a pioneer in tomato culture, planting the relatively unfamiliar tomato from 1809 until his death in 1826. He also noted that "tomatas" were grown in Virginia gardens in Notes on the State of Virginia (1782). The ribbed and scalloped Purple Calabash Tomato dates to pre-Columbian Mexico. This tomato is uniquely acidic, but with a rich and concentrated flavor that really shines in sauces and pastes.
Native Distribution: Western South America
Start seeds of this indeterminate variety indoors 4-6 weeks before the last spring frost, transplant to 3" pots once they have several true leaves, then harden off and transplant outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. Plants require support, well-draining soil, and frequent fertilization. Approximately 35 seeds per packet.
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