This morning I pulled out the two boxes and a basket of tomatoes I had built up in the living room (my excess produce storage area) and pulled out all the ripe ones to process.
Altogether, I processed about thirty pounds for the last batch of plain sauce (now simmering in two pots on the stove) and re-packed about twenty pounds that weren’t ripe enough yet–those will be for this week’s farmers market along with anything else that ripens up in the next few days.
I also solved this year’s tomato mystery:
The yellow and red-streaked ones are Hillbilly Potato Leaf, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what these big green splotchy things were. I pulled one off the vine the other day and realized that even with the seemingly undeveloped color, it was dead ripe.
Well, it came to me in a flash this morning–it’s an Ananas Noire. I purchased the seed precisely because the fruits pictured were incredibly ugly–in my experience ugly-looking tomatoes are often the tastiest. But I also thought they were going to be more of a salad-sized fruit–not lunker slicers.
The yearly tomato mystery is, of course, a result of growing so many different tomatoes and trying new weird varieties every year. Sure, I label them, but who can find a label under that much foliage?
For the record, last year’s tomato mystery was Nebraska Wedding. I couldn’t figure out why those Hillbilly Potato Leaf fruits weren’t getting their red streaks–they were just ripening at a slightly smaller size and to a nice golden orange.
I am already planning on trying a couple new fruits next year–Green Zebra, Santorini (a free sample from Skyfire Garden Seeds–thanks!), and Millet’s Dakota. There’ll probably be a few more besides that.
Anyone wanna place bets on which one I’ll be mystified by next season?