Tomato Report: Blush

I think I’ve tasted my new favorite tomato variety: Blush. I got to tuck into a box of these delicious tomatoes at the farm of Shu and Debbie Takikawa near Los Olivos. Yellow with red streaks, Blush tomatoes have the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity.

The blush tomato was developed by geneticist and tomato geek Fred Hempel and are available via Seeds of Change.

Due to a series of gardening blunders that I’ll blog about at some point, we’re not going to have many tomatoes this summer from our yard. Thankfully I can visit Shu and Debbie’s stand at the Altadena Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays.

If you’ve grown Blush tomatoes please leave a comment and let us know how they did.

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  1. I live in Sonoma, CA and my Blush tomato plant is doing amazing. I got it from Whole Foods a little late in the season and didn’t put it in its container until the end of June. It was about 3 inches tall and it took off pretty much right away. since day one I regularly removed any suckers and about half way to its full grown size I pruned it pretty heavily and removed all of the branches that were not going to produce flowers. After the first pruning it looked pretty sparse but continued to flourish and now once again looks bountiful with tons of flowers. I usually always grow my tomatoes in containers mainly because I don’t have great soil but have found that its so beneficial for drainage, disease and pest control, and it allows me to move them to sunnier areas if necessary. I’ve watered them once a day until the soil was completely saturated but have cut back to every other day since the plant started to produce fruit. I’ve also made sure to only water the soil leaving the fruit and flowers dry. Once in a while I’ll give it a mist. The tomatoes look great, probably ready to pick in about a week or two and as long as it stays warm out (hoping for an Indian Summer) this plant will probably be producing fruit into October. So happy with my Blush Tomato!

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