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Burbank Tomato

Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum

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# of seeds per packet: 30

Description

75 days. Mid-sized, classic, round, red slicing tomato. Flavor is delicate - great for those who don’t like high acid tomatoes. Bred by our hero, master plant breeder Luther Burbank in the early 1900’s in Santa Rosa, CA. Few of Burbank’s vegetable varieties are alive today so we’re glad this one is still with us!  Listed on the Slow Food Ark of Taste. It’s a very versatile tomato - use on sandwiches, salads, for cooking or canning. There are several strains of this variety out there so we trialed several different strains of Burbank tomato and found the one from Adaptive seeds to be the best in flavor and the most vigorous. Dependable harvest. Crack resistant. Indeterminate plants with bushy, somewhat compact form that doesn’t require trellising. Seeds grown by Nature and Nurture Seeds.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Start tomato seeds inside at least 6 weeks before last frost (around 4/1). Ideal temperature for germination is 85°  (use a heating mat). Days to germination: 5-14. Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Plant seedlings outside late May into fertile garden soil (with lots of compost or decomposed manure) at a spacing of 18” apart. Stake tomato plants. Tomatoes are susceptible to several fungal diseases (including Early and Late Blight and Verticillium Wilt). To prevent blight, keep foliage dry by 1) Pruning tomato plants to allow for good air circulation 2) Water with drip irrigation/soaker hoses. Crop rotation is also key to preventing tomato diseases. Ideally, plant tomato plants in a spot that has not had any Solanaceae crops (tomato, peppers, eggplant, potatoes) growing there for 4 years. Frequent watering will help to minimize cracking of tomatoes.

Harvest:

Harvest when fully red and fruit is somewhat soft when squeezed

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Tomatoes are relatively easy seed-saving crops. They are primarily self-pollinated but may be crossed pollinated by insects when different tomatoes varieties are planted next to one another. You can just save seed and see what you get! Isolation distance of 10ft will minimize crossing while 150’ is necessary to eliminate it. Always harvest seed from the best plants. It is best, but not totally necessary, to collect seeds from a minimum of 6 plants. Collect ripe tomatoes, let them ripen for a week in a paper bag, then cut and squeeze out seeds. See instructions for fermenting seeds. Rinse and dry seeds on a screen.


Seed Stories

One of the most popular vegetables, the domestic tomato (Lycopericon esculentum) originated in what is now southern Mexico. In the early 1500s, Spanish conquistadores found it in this region, where the Aztecs called it “tomatl” (“swelling fruit”). Hernán Cortés brought tomatoes back to Spain before it trickled into Italy, where plants were grown mainly as garden ornaments but not widely eaten, for they were often feared poisonous! British colonies and the United States did not start accepting tomatoes as food crops until the 19th century, when they began to be widely cultivated.  The Burbank tomato was bred by renowned master plant breeder Luther Burbank in 1914. Using classical breeding techniques, Burbank bred more than 800 varieties of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and nuts. No other plant breeder has come close to his achievements. Unfortunately, due to the homogenization of our foods, few of Burbank’s vegetable varieties are around today. Burbank did not keep records of his work so little is known about the parentage of this tomato.

Throughout his life, Luther Burbank was visited by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford on several occasions. They admired and sought advice from Burbank, especially advice on plant-based materials to use in their inventions. Eventually, plant-based materials were replaced with fossil fuel (chemical) based industrial materials which have seriously polluted our planet. Plant and bio-based materials are making a comeback as a solution to many environmental problems. Luther Burbank’s shovel is embedded in cement at the entrance to Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI. Several of Burbank’s buildings are also there. The Burbank tomato is listed on Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste because of its historical importance. By growing the Burbank tomato, you help to preserve it!

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75 days. Mid-sized, classic, round, red slicing tomato. Flavor is delicate - great for those who don’t like high acid tomatoes. Bred by our hero, master plant breeder Luther Burbank in the early 1900’s in Santa Rosa, CA. Few of Burbank’s vegetable varieties are alive today so we’re glad this one is still with us!  Listed on the Slow Food Ark of Taste. It’s a very versatile tomato - use on sandwiches, salads, for cooking or canning. There are several strains of this variety out there so we trialed several different strains of Burbank tomato and found the one from Adaptive seeds to be the best in flavor and the most vigorous. Dependable harvest. Crack resistant. Indeterminate plants with bushy, somewhat compact form that doesn’t require trellising. Seeds grown by Nature and Nurture Seeds.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Start tomato seeds inside at least 6 weeks before last frost (around 4/1). Ideal temperature for germination is 85°  (use a heating mat). Days to germination: 5-14. Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Plant seedlings outside late May into fertile garden soil (with lots of compost or decomposed manure) at a spacing of 18” apart. Stake tomato plants. Tomatoes are susceptible to several fungal diseases (including Early and Late Blight and Verticillium Wilt). To prevent blight, keep foliage dry by 1) Pruning tomato plants to allow for good air circulation 2) Water with drip irrigation/soaker hoses. Crop rotation is also key to preventing tomato diseases. Ideally, plant tomato plants in a spot that has not had any Solanaceae crops (tomato, peppers, eggplant, potatoes) growing there for 4 years. Frequent watering will help to minimize cracking of tomatoes.

Harvest:

Harvest when fully red and fruit is somewhat soft when squeezed

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Tomatoes are relatively easy seed-saving crops. They are primarily self-pollinated but may be crossed pollinated by insects when different tomatoes varieties are planted next to one another. You can just save seed and see what you get! Isolation distance of 10ft will minimize crossing while 150’ is necessary to eliminate it. Always harvest seed from the best plants. It is best, but not totally necessary, to collect seeds from a minimum of 6 plants. Collect ripe tomatoes, let them ripen for a week in a paper bag, then cut and squeeze out seeds. See instructions for fermenting seeds. Rinse and dry seeds on a screen.


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Seed Stories

One of the most popular vegetables, the domestic tomato (Lycopericon esculentum) originated in what is now southern Mexico. In the early 1500s, Spanish conquistadores found it in this region, where the Aztecs called it “tomatl” (“swelling fruit”). Hernán Cortés brought tomatoes back to Spain before it trickled into Italy, where plants were grown mainly as garden ornaments but not widely eaten, for they were often feared poisonous! British colonies and the United States did not start accepting tomatoes as food crops until the 19th century, when they began to be widely cultivated.  The Burbank tomato was bred by renowned master plant breeder Luther Burbank in 1914. Using classical breeding techniques, Burbank bred more than 800 varieties of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and nuts. No other plant breeder has come close to his achievements. Unfortunately, due to the homogenization of our foods, few of Burbank’s vegetable varieties are around today. Burbank did not keep records of his work so little is known about the parentage of this tomato.

Throughout his life, Luther Burbank was visited by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford on several occasions. They admired and sought advice from Burbank, especially advice on plant-based materials to use in their inventions. Eventually, plant-based materials were replaced with fossil fuel (chemical) based industrial materials which have seriously polluted our planet. Plant and bio-based materials are making a comeback as a solution to many environmental problems. Luther Burbank’s shovel is embedded in cement at the entrance to Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI. Several of Burbank’s buildings are also there. The Burbank tomato is listed on Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste because of its historical importance. By growing the Burbank tomato, you help to preserve it!

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