Opalka Tomato

$3.99

  • Solanum lycopersicum
  • Seed Packet contains approx 15 seeds.
  • Open Pollinated. Organically Grown

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Opalka Tomato

Opalka Tomato is a family heirloom from Poland, brought to Amsterdam, NY in the 1900s by the Opalka family.  Indeterminate, regular leaf plant with wispy (Amish Paste like) foliage produce some delicious tasting, red, paste tomatoes with 12 cm long fruit shaped like a banana pepper with a pronounced tip on the bottom.

Fruit has very few seeds, is very meaty with rich sweet flavours lending to its sauce appeal. An outstanding processing tomato. Was a bit later to ripen but produced heavily once they began to ripen.

Hothouse 2023/24 growing: Planted 10/10/23, first ripe fruit 25/1/24, 105 days (Cool Climate). Rated at 80 days in warmer climates.

When to Sow: Start on a heat mat ideally in late August to October (Cool Climate) and plant out after frost risk and soils around 10 deg at night (after 7 days consecutively).

Can start earlier if planting in a hothouse. 8 weeks on average from sowing to planting if using a heat-mat.

Cool Climate: mid JUL– NOV (Heat mat)

Temperate:  SEP – DEC

Sub – Tropical: MAR – DEC (Humidity induces disease)

Tropical: mid APR to JUL (Humidity induces disease)

  • Tomatoes enjoy lower humidity and 20-30 degree daytime temps and night times above 8 to 10 degrees. Plant out only after risk of frost (protect if late frost)

Spacing – 80-120cm, high yields when grown in a cage and allowed to do its thing.

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  • Tomatoes on the Wiki
  • The wild ancestor of the tomato is native to western South America. These wild versions were the size of peas. Aztecs and other peoples in Mesoamerica were the first to have domesticated the fruit and used in their cooking.
  • The Spanish first introduced tomatoes to Europe, where they became used in Spanish food.
  • In France, Italy and northern Europe, the tomato was initially grown as an ornamental plant. It was regarded with suspicion as a food because botanists recognized it as a nightshade, a relative of the poisonous belladonna.
  • This was exacerbated by the interaction of the tomato’s acidic juice with pewter plates.
  • The leaves and immature fruit contains tomatine, which in large quantities would be toxic. However, the ripe fruit contains no tomatine
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