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Slide Show: Amy Goldman's Heirloom Tomatoes

Not Your Garden-Variety Garden Tomatoes
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DEEP PURPLE

Known as "Purple Smudge, Orange Fleshed," this rainbow tomato gets its purple color from anthocyanins, a pigment rare in cultivated tomatoes but common in their wild relatives and other fruits.....[ More ]

A HOUSE'S WORTH OF TOMATOES

Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter, shown here with currant tomatoes, helped mechanic Marshall Cletis Byles -- aka Radiator Charlie -- pay off his $6000 mortgage on his home in 1940s West Virginia. Two genes are responsible for much of tomatoes' size variations.....[ More ]

BASKET CASE

A basket of heirloom tomatoes.....[ More ]

VISIONS OF PLUMS

A group of plum tomatoes includes the elongated Jersey Devil on the upper left and the Opalka on the lower right. The SUN gene is responsible for much of a tomato's shape.....[ More ]

THREE TOMATOES

The Schimmeig Stoo (top), Green Zebra (middle), and Casady's Folly (bottom) were first introduced by Kansas breeder Thomas P. Wagner in the 1980s.....[ More ]

CURRANT TOMATO

Goldman collected Sara's Galapagos, a type of currant tomato, on a trip to Santa Cruz Island in 2002.....[ More ]

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