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Purple Calabash Tomato (25 seeds) (TP125) $2.50
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Purple Calabash Tomato

         
 
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85 days. May be the most purple of all "purple" tomatoes; a deep purple/burgundy and very colorful! The shape is also exciting, with the 3" fruit being very flat, ribbed and ruffled. Flavor is intense, sweet and tart, with a lime or citrus taste. A most uniquely flavored tomato! The plants give huge yields. This tomato resembles tomatoes pictured in 16th-century herbal diaries.

 
Purple Calabash Tomato
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 9
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5

88.9% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Fatal_degree
Location:
albion, MI
Date:
March 2, 2014
          3.0
 
Decent Yield Flavor
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? cold tolerence, disease resist

What are the cons? medium yield

Review:

Grew these both in the ground with a tomato cage support and in a hoop-house supported by long strings with regular grooming and fertilizer. The yields in the greenhouse were mid-fair. They continued to fruit even when the weather turned wet and colder (I put plastic over the house when the weather turned). In the garden, they did not produce as well. The vines are thin and very long, they need to be well supported. The flavor of the greenhouse grown 'maters was smokey, rich, slightly sweet, low acid. Good in sauce and fresh, not much juice. I really like the shape, but it was the poorest selling shape to my customers.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By Fatal_degree 2 Mar 2014

4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
TKG
Location:
Fayetteville, NC
Date:
May 31, 2013
          4.0
 
Unique habits
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 0.5
 

What are the pros? Unique Heat humidity tolerance

What are the cons? Somewhat slow to mature

Review:

I found Purple calabash tomatoes from a production standpoint to be somewhat ill-suited to be anything other then an limited number novelty. This is not so say you should not try them nor should the be enjoyed by all but they seem to bear a odd trait of slow plant maturation. The seeds come up as normal but about 50% of the seedlings take forever to get to any size. Once they get this odd growth spurt it's off to the races they act like other tomatoes. My recommendation is to start them early with the peppers and be patient. Also do not trow out any undersized seedlings because they will catch up. The fruit is almost the poster child of what a real heirloom should be, each one is different and a color that challenges those that think tomatoes should only be red and round. I might add the test plants seem to not mind being in large 14" pots perhaps a double bonus for those with no space? Overall an enjoyable heirloom and a great item.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By TKG 31 May 2013

6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Michelle
Date:
August 24, 2012
          5.0
 
Amazing
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

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This tomato is on my top 5 list of the best of the best tomatoes. Its smooth, sweet and the perfect amount of acid. Living on flat windy land I was surprised at how prolific that they are. Will be a keeper in the garden for years to come. Beautiful too. I sell a lot of these at the Farmers Market.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By Michelle 24 Aug 2012

4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Farrah
Date:
March 7, 2012
          5.0
 
Worth Growing
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

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I grew these last year. They weren't the most prolific I've grown, but their unique flavor is amazing and addictive. I liked to slice them up at breakfast with some thick pepper bacon and some fresh eggs from the girls. Breakfast of champions!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By Farrah 7 Mar 2012

3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
laughingfrog
Date:
December 1, 2011
          5.0
 
Love these guys!
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

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These have somehow become my favorite tomatoes, like old friends I guess. I don't even have to save the seeds anymore because they always self-seed every year. They let me know the proper time to put out my other transplants! The plants are healthy, vigorous and productive, and even when every other variety in your garden has collapsed due to illness, these just keep pumping them out. They aren't the most convenient shape, and they aren't huge, but I have grown to love them. Flavor is outstanding.

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By laughingfrog 1 Dec 2011

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