tomatoes, hybrid or heirloom?

Thu 6 May, 2010 11:35 am
Oregon State U has developed a new tomato as reported in today's paper:


According to OSU Professor Jim Myers, the new hybrid eggplant purple tomato will be the first true purple tomato. According to an OSU backgrounder on the purple tomatoes, hundreds of years ago, explorers discovered purple tomatoes in the wild, but those tomatoes never made it to the table because the fruit was small and some were poisonous. In the 1960s and 1970s, scientists collected seeds from these tomatoes and started to breed them with modern hybrids, making them safe to eat. They discovered that the new purple tomato, unlike the traditional red, contain high levels of anthocyanins, a chemical found in dark fruit pigments such as blueberries and grapes.

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Thu 6 May, 2010 11:38 am
apparently roma's are a bunny delicacy...

with a side of grape.

found a sweet 100 to replace the roma, and am installing a chicken wire barrier around the cages.

if that doesn't work, well, i'm hunting wabbits...
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