Tags: Heirloom Open Pollinated

Growing Practices: No Pesticides No Herbicides No Fungicides No Synthetic Fertilizers

Latin Name: Solanum lycopersicum

Days to Maturity: 80

Description:

Eye-popping gold cherry tomato blushes dark blue to purple where the skin receives the sun, while the green portions ripen to a burnished gold color. Fruit is produced as clusters of 5-8 tomatoes in a lattice pattern. Anyplace the sun makes contact on these bright yellow tomatoes, their skin turns dark blue due to the high levels of antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins, except where the tomatoes are shaded from the sun, where they remain their natural bright gold color.

Highly productive plants produce cherry tomatoes with a savory, complex tangy flavor and outstanding storage time for a cherry tomato.

These seeds are freshly harvested from an outside grow in December of 2016 and January of 2017. The plants have survived several freezes as well as 120-degree summer temperatures in our field west of Phoenix.

Minimum 20 Seeds.


Story of this Seed:

A choice selection out of the original Wild Boar Blue Berries by Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms.

The Blue Gold Berries cherry tomatoes have been coming ripe over the last couple of weeks, and we are now in full seed-harvesting mode on these babies.


Growing Tips:

Planting:

Sow seeds indoors into sterile seedling mix 6-8 weeks before your last spring frost. Plant, water lightly, and cover with plastic or a dome to keep the seeds from drying out. When the first set of true leaves has emerged, up-pot into 3-4 inch pots and place in an area with full light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F). This will help prevent legginess.

(NOTE: This is the standard recommendation for growing heirloom tomatoes, given by everyone from the First Lady down to the hobo on the park bench down the street, including many professional growers, biologists and prize winners. We have no quarrel with these methods. They have worked well for a long time for a lot of people.

BUT: we have a relative who used to be a produce farmer in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas during the Depression. He once told us “It’s a seed. Plant it in the ground. Put it where you want it to grow.” This is the planting method we use here for every seed. All of our tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and every other variety began life in our gardens as a seed in the dirt, right where it spends its entire life growing up.

We feel that this results in more naturally vigorous seeds that thrive under difficult conditions and fight to stay alive. Your mileage may vary. Use whichever method suits you best. All we are saying is don’t be afraid to explore other methods, and see what results you get. That, too is part of gardening, as in so much of life.)

Water carefully, allowing the soil to dry on the surface between watering, but don’t let the plants wilt. Fertilize with fish emulsion or equivalent nutrient-rich feed every 10-14 days.

How to select:

Blue Gold Berries are, as the name suggests, a gold tomato variety, meaning that you must wait until the yellow color fully darkens to a gold color, rather than a pale green, white or bright yellow. When the tomato is ripe, the purple blush will fade from dark blue/purple as a green fruit, to a more profoundly grape-like purple while ripening yellow, and finally a brownish or maroon-type purple as the gold coloring comes into full effect.

Choose young, firm tomatoes with just a hint of “give” on the blossom end. Birds can be a problem, and this variety can be harvested a couple of days early and left to ripen in a warm place indoors, without damaging its quality.

How to prepare:

These are good right off the vine, used as snacks or to accompany sandwiches, soups and pasta.

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Cherry Tomato: Blue Gold Berries

Unit SizePriceDescription
1 Packet $3.99 Minimum 30 Seeds

$3.99