Top 5 best-tasting tomato of 2015!
Classic old-world tomato flavor. Large beefsteaks, on wispy-leaved plants thrive with extra heat and dry-ish conditions.
HISTORY: Seeds were given to Mrs. Martha Clark (87 years old as of 2015) of Madison Heights, MI by her next door neighbor Mrs. Maria Desantis.
The Desantis purchased a home in Madison Heights, MI in the early 1940's after emigrating from Italy. In 1947, Mr. & Mrs. Desantis returned to Italy, bringing back seeds of this variety with them and grew it every year thereafter until their passings.
When the Clarks bought the home immediately next to the Desantis in 1976, Martha recalls Maria's tomato plants would end up climbing over their shared fence. In 1978, Martha began growing them in her own garden and grew them every year thereafter, calling them 'my favorite tomato'.
in early spring 2015, Jim Clark, Martha's son whom had visited the greenhouse a few days prior gifted me with four of Martha's personal seedlings (two Italian heirlooms, and two others - 'Sunburst', as she called them). I gave them prime location next to the greenhouse and featured Martha and her 'Italian heirloom' on August 22, 2015 at the first Annual Tomato Fest. [EDIT: I learned from Jim that Martha went into a nursing home shortly after after my meeting her. ]
MARTHA'S ITALIAN HEIRLOOM
GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
LEAF TYPE: Regular; wispy
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Heart-shaped; variable
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
ORIGIN: Italian heirloom