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Terhune Tomato
Terhune Tomato

Terhune Tomato

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Solanum lycopersicum

Origin: Minnesota

Improvement status: Cultivar

Seeds per packet: ~35

Germination tested 12/2019: 86%

Life cycle: Annual

The Terhune tomato is a delicious heirloom with an interesting and somewhat opaque history. It was introduced by a Tom K. (A.K.A. "darwinslair"), a home inspector in Minnesota. He once inspected a house for a young couple named Terhune. The former owner was a 90+ year-old woman who had turned the backyard into a "container gardening paradise." She was said to have saved her own seeds for many years. Tom took some seeds from the frozen, rotten tomatoes still hanging from one of her plants, and the result he named after the new owners of the house. This tomato turns out to be phenomenal: fruits can be as large as 1 to 4 pounds! They are red-pink-skinned, very slightly ribbed, or lobed, and with an excellent heirloom flavor. Plants are potato-leaf and indeterminate, but nevertheless manageable for container gardening (no surprise there, given their story). They are good for short-season areas, no doubt due to their Minnesota provenance. These seeds were grown by EFN co-founder Nate at his new farm in Norwich, New York.

GROWING TIPS: Start seeds indoors in March or early or mid April at the latest transplant outside after danger of last frost. Space plants 24-36 inches apart. They will benefit from a trellis or tomato cage. Full sun preferred.