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Maralinga Tomato

Maralinga Tomato

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Maralinga Open Source Seed Initiative

75 days, dwarf — The rugose, regular leaf plants produce heavy yields of rich-brown (yellow skinned black) tomatoes with deep crimson flesh that range between six to twelve ounces. The flavor shares the typical intensity of the best black tomatoes; rich, intense and memorable.

'Maralinga' is a "Dwarf Tomato Project" variety that originated with a cross between an early generation selection from the "Sleepy family" called ''Wilpena' and 'Cherokee Purple' made by Patrina Nuske Small in 2008 and named "Plentiful." It was selected and named by Patrina who explained to us that Maralinga is a, "... site in an arid area of South Australia where the British carried out atom bomb tests in the 1950s causing trauma to the indigenous people who were displaced, and terrible radiation pollution. The original tomato had an explosion of beetroot red interior flesh colour, so the naming of this tomato is a kind of memorial I guess."

The project members that helped in the stabilization process were Craig LeHoullier, Patrick Sullivan, Lisa Moore, Rich Hawksworth, Shawn Conant, Scott Jacobs, Bill Yoder, Doug Frank, and Bill Minkey working on its stabilization. Introduced for the 2016 gardening season. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.
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In an effort to keep this variety available to home gardeners, 'Maralinga' has been released by "The Dwarf Tomato Project" (the breeder) to the public under the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI). You have the freedom to use these OSSI-Pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, if you save seeds or use 'Maralinga' to breed a new variety, you pledge not to restrict others' use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives. To learn more about this program, click here.