Re-Established 2011

This heirloom tomato originated in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,  the heart of the Amish Country.  The tomatoes are teardrop or heart-shaped with a brilliant red orange color and are neither too acid nor too sweet.  The Amish Paste can be  eaten fresh or in sauces.

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Seed Saving - tomatoes: Solanaceae - (Tomatoes, Eggplants, Tomatillos) - Each little flower is self pollinated in this family -making isolation distances less critical. Tomatoes: Harvest seed when the tomato is ripe. Squeeze out the juice and seeds, leaving the meat of the tomato behind. Add the same amount of water and let ferment for 3 warm days - stirring daily. Pour off water, floating seeds and pulp and let the remaining seeds dry. Store in a cool dry location for up to 10 years. Eggplant: let desired fruit yellow on the vine, cut the fruit in half and dig out the seeds. Rinse with water and then dry. Store seeds in a cool dry location for up to 5 years.