Tomato 'Amish Paste'

Solanum lycopersicum L.

One of the most popular paste tomatoes in the world, at our taste test, world heirloom expert David Cavagnaro rated this variety 100/100 and compared it to Grange wine! The Swiss Army knife of the tomato world, 'Amish Paste' has a rich, sweet flavour suitable for eating fresh and in salads, a hearty texture suited to sauces and pastes, and a shape that's favourable for preserving whole. If you only have room for one, this is your choice. Fruits in 12 weeks from transplant and yields 15.7kg per plant. Average fruiting size is approx. 150 grams each. Indeterminate.

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Tomato 'Amish Paste'

A timeless blend of tradition and taste, 'Amish Paste' was first described by the Amish community in Medford, Wisconsin in the 1870s, but rose to fame once shared with Seed Savers by Tom Hauch from a different Amish Community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Its qualities were instantly recognized and seeds from this tomato were available world wide from 1987. One of the larger paste tomatoes, it is its sweetness that is unique, and this is attributed to its higher number of seeds.

How to grow

Tomatoes are a warm season crop requiring temperatures of 15-29 degrees Celsius to grow and germinate successfully. Seed germinates best at 20-25 degrees Celsius, while the seedlings thrive from 15 degrees Celsius. Sow seed 6-8 weeks before you want to plant out your tomatoes. Sow in punnets or trays and maintain consistent moisture and temperature. Prick out and place in individual pots once true leaves appear and harden off at least one to two weeks before planting out. Plant tomato seedlings out when soil temperature reaches 15°C or more, and after risk of frost has passed. Plant in full sun and enrich the soil with compost and well-rotted manure. In pots, use a premium organic potting mix. Mulch and water regularly, especially during hot weather. Stake at planting and train to the stake as plants grow. Avoid overhead watering.

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