Zapotec Tomato reviews?

afbq(7)May 4, 2013

I bought a Zapotec tomato plant today on an impulse buy. Any reviews on it? How sweet/tart is it? How prolific? Are these heirlooms and truly from the Zapotec people?

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

From Tatiana's Tomatobase Zapotec

Note there are at least 3 sub-strains. Brokenbar who used to post here regularly lists it as one of the best varieties for drying.


    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 9:37PM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

As grown by me hollow, as the link from Tania's data base also indicates, and for me pretty much tasteless.

I have to call them as I grow them. ( smile)


    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 10:00PM
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I just harvested my first batch. They were not quite ripe, so hopefully the flavor will develop a bit more. So far, a bit bland, neither sweet nor tart, but really not bad. The texture was slightly mealy, so I think these would be better suited to saucing or drying versus eating in a fresh salad.

I chose this variety because I heard it would do better in hot dry conditions as compared to other varieties. I did not grow them in my garden; I planted one beside an apple tree so that it could piggy back on the same drip line. That tree gets watered no more than once a week. I rooted the suckers from that first plant and started about twenty more plants throughout the orchard. None of my plants have been bothered by any bugs or birds - not one nibble. They all seem to be quite happy with minimal watering and no added fertilizer or any ammendments whatsoever.

So, while this is not the most delicious tomato I have had so far, it is heavy bearing, tolerant or dry conditions and heat, doesn't mind poor soil. The only thing I did after transplanting them was cut off suckers and let them use the tree stakes for vertical support. Since I let them go sort of wild all over the orchard, I will have a lot and plan to sun dry most of them.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 10:24AM
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