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Sunday, July 27, 2008

2008's First Tomato: Heirloom Sausage

2008_0727image0024 Here is today's harvest which includes the first non-cherry type of tomato harvested for this season.  It's the Heirloom Sausage Tomato.  I'd never heard of this variety but I just couldn't pass it up, especially since I don't eat sausage.  Get the irony?

I had these Sausage Tomatoes on a salad for dinner and they are not nearly as interesting tasting as the name is.  I doubt I would be able to tell the difference between this and a regular hybrid Roma. 

I'm still planning to buy a dehydrator and try these dehydrated. Maybe they'll make better sun-dried tomatoes.

Have you harvested your first tomato?  What kind was it?


  1. lol @ "sausage" yeah i've never heard of that one either. My only tomato harvest so far has been 1 Early Boy ... it was pretty tasty although I did pull it too early so it was a tad under ripe. I have a "mortgage raiser" heirloom and it too has huge absolutely beautiful (but still absolutely green) tomatoes on it that I can't wait to eat!!!! yay tomatoes!

  2. Heather's GardenJuly 28, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    I did pick an Early Girl on Saturday, but I haven't had a chance to eat it yet with 8 million different things going on. I'm sure it will be delicious if I ever get around to it.

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  4. Have you ever tried making sundried tomatoes in the sun? I saw someone do it on some blog.

  5. I've got a Sausage plant this year too...the guy at the farmers' market was selling them and I couldn't help myself. But I'd say it is no better than the San Marzanos I always grow and so far it has fewer tomatoes on it also.

  6. I grew Green Sausage and though they are useless for juice, they are fantastic for salsa.

  7. The U of Minn Master Gardeners trialed paste tomatoes this 2010 season. Sausage was far and away my biggest yielder, with 78 fruit and 173 oz on average. It was almost devoid of juice, just seeds and solids, exactly what I want in a canning paste tomato. Besides that, the flavor was excellent, and it yielded early in my northern Minnesota garden. It's my new favorite paste tomato.