In 2014 we did some seed swapping with Mark Christensen of the Heritage Food Crops Research Trust. He sent us several varieties of tomatoes which were included in his study titled: Discovery of the Real Tomato (12 April 2013). The study revealed that the original tomatoes which were named ‘Pomodoro’, in Italian, which means ‘golden fruit’ contain higher levels of Tetra-cis-Lycopene which is easily absorbed in the raw fruit and helps to promote health and fight against cancer and heart disease. Orange Crimea rated well in this study. Originally from the Crimean Peninsula in the Black Sea, a nice flavoured large beefsteak. Great in salads, salsas or sliced for sandwiches. Good disease and crack resistance. An Determinate type growing to 1.5m high. Frost tender.
Sow in August into trays in a glasshouse. Keep soil temp above 18°C for ideal germination. Prick out when true leaves appear to 2.5cm diagonal spacing. Transplant after last frost to 40cm diagonal spacing into fertile ground in direct sun. Stake and de-lateral as needed.