May 25, 2020

Perfectly Peachy

Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Garden Peach' - tomato

Janine Pineo Photo | Lycopersicon lycopersicum ‘Garden Peach’ – tomato – along with a ‘Green Zebra’ and miscellaneous red varieties

The hint of blush on the fuzzy golden skin is enough to make anyone wonder what exactly Garden Peach is. Make no mistake, this heirloom beauty is none other than a tomato. The description on the Fedco Seeds site puts its introduction to the masses in 1890, via plant breeder Elbert S. Carman, the owner and editor of The Rural New-Yorker. An indeterminate variety, Garden Peach is prolific, growing fruits averaging 2 to 4 ounces. One of its great qualities is its resistance to splitting, even in the worst of conditions. It also keeps well if picked when green, ripening readily over several weeks. Most importantly, however, is the flavor. It is a light, fruity flavor and wholly unexpected for a tomato.