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Purple Calabash Tomato 25 Seeds

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TOMATO: Tomatoes are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and the seeds are high in fiber. The green parts are mildly poisonous, which is not surprising, as tomatoes are closely related to both nightshade and tobacco. The tomato was originally believed to be poisonous when introduced into Europe, and was used solely as an ornamental plant during the 16th and 17th centuries. The first traces of its use as a food date back to the first half of the 18th century. Tomatoes are now a tasty ingredient in many dishes, and are used fresh, canned, stewed or even sun-dried.

Indeterminate - 70 days - This is the most truly purple tomato, not just pink-purple, but it is deep purple-burgundy! It is also uniquely shaped, extremely fluted and almost ruffled in appearance. Fruit is flattened, about 3 inches across, and flavor is described by some as distinctively winey and rich. Expect large harvests of this unusual and interesting tomato.


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I grew Purple Calabash last season after hearing many opposing opinions on the flavor of the fruit. The most common thread among people who had grown this is that the flavor is very unusual and assertive. Some folks went so far as to call this tomato a 'Spitter'. But I was curious. I felt that I owed it to myself to form my own opinion of this tomato.

The plants were gorgeous. They showed no foliage issues even late in the season when the other tomatoes in my garden were looking sad. In my garden, the fruit set late for this variety. Once they started ripening I was struck by how perfect they were. The coloration on them was a deep gem like maroon-purple,and the squat ruffled shape is lovely and unique. They are truly a visual treat.

Now, as for taste. I have never found a tomato (outside of Supermarket Tomatoes which are more like red baseballs than actual vegetables)that I couldn't enjoy, at least to some extent. Then I grew Purple Calabash. This was by far the tartest, most acidic, overly assertive tomato I have ever grown. I assumed that it being classified as a Purple/Black type tomato that it would share the earthy, smoky traits that those types have in common. Boy was I ever wrong. This was more like eating a lemon. I have found my first 'Spitter' variety.

Taste is subjective, so it is still worth it to grow and try for yourself. And I guess even if you find it to be as unpalatable as I did you can still use the fruit as garnish.
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I started these tomatoes from seed last year and when transplanted into my garden they exploded into the most beautiful and riotous tomato plants I have ever grown. I put 6 into my garden and they produced nonstop until frost. Fruit size was varied from very small to large, and all were slightly flattened but wide, and deeply ribbed. Gorgeous in both looks and flavor. Taste was very succulent with a rich and deep wine flavor. Their color was different from the picture. It was a bit darker and more purple (I think the picture looks more pinkish). Everyone loved these tomatoes!
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I am Offended, surprised that the seeds "heirloom" is from another country. It was not clearly stated that seeds I ordered were from an other country. especially calling "heirloom" Amazon -it is that bad that we do not have seeds to sell here that we need to depend on another country for their supply.
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I germinated 4 seeds, and only 1 plant lived. I think these heirloom plants are just too hard to grow. The one plant, is not blooming that well, and out of the two blooms, that have lived, only one looks like the tomatoe will live.
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This photo doesn't represent the actual color, which is more of a dark, reddish-brown. That said, the yield was good and the taste was very good, I have planted Purple Calabash heirlooms from various suppliers for the past 3 seasons. I have never had a Purple Calabash that was true to the bright pink-purple color, as shown in the photo. There are many variables, such as soil and amendments so I cannot say it is the suppliers' issue for sure. I will plant this for the yield and the taste, but not for the pretty color.
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What a cool idea! Everybody grows red tomatoes. Everybody expects red tomatoes. So why not change things up a bit? These beauties taste like tomatoes, just don't resemble that red beefsteak. What a great way to add a new color to a salad or soup. Makes You Think!
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never received these seeds I wrote this company several times but it stated that the messages could not be sent to the company. Did they fold and forget to tell us? After waiting for these seeds and noy being told anything I think it is too late in the season to order any of these from another company.
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These tomatoes are the ones with that old time taste. Smokey, sweet and tangy! Takes me back to being a kid again.
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