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Pomehana Apple – A new tomato variety | New World Seeds & Tubers

POMEHANA APPLE….I know….what a strange name for a tomato variety.

Pomehana means warm love in Hawaiian….therefore warm love apple is a good name for the synonym ‘Love Apple’ so comonly used for the tomato.  The history of the name ‘Love Apple’ goes bace to 1578,  supposedly corresponding to Fr. pomme d’amour, Ger. liebesapfel, but we think it goes back to a corruption of . pomo de’Mori or  pome dei Moro, literally meaning. “Moorish apple.”

I don’t have photo of my new variety handy at the moment but I thought I would ‘talk’ about it for I am in the midst of seed extraction of my many created varieties of tomatoes.

The original breeding work of this variety goes back to twenty or more years ago…breeding my Green Grape tomato variety to Pineapple…sometimes known as Hawaiian Pineapple.  The F-2 generation was grown out in a direct seeded bed near Buttonwillow, California in 1994.  Of the hundreds of seedling plants…I selected several for flavor.  Fast forward to my Washington State grow-outs during the last few years….some of them have demanded my attention for color and flavor.  The one I called POMEHANA APPLE is a pink fruited tomato of about 2 inches in diameter with a bicolor interior of orange/yellow with a streak of red….and a die for—aromatic flavor.

POMEHANA APPLE is a play on words, just as it plays with my taste buds.  The two man staff here at New World Seeds & Tubers are under-staffed to say the least….however we invite folks to stay tuned to our website for valuable updates on varieties, and issues of food independence.

Tom Wagner

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4 Responses to “Pomehana Apple – A new tomato variety”

  1. any word on pomehana apple seeds being listed for next year? I’ve got a long “to buy” list from new world and it sounds awesome. :-)

    • Uh oh, let me ask Tom to estimate ETA on any tomatoes he announces. My guess is yes it will be available but I’m not sure because I’m not (yet) the keeper of the seeds. Best way to be kept informed is to “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, but we also have a rare email newsletter that I’ll activate more often once we have more regular supplies of seeds. I’ll probably make one big announcement once the seeds are all packed.

  2. Yes, am also interested in seed. Hope Tom is doing well. My list is rather long as well, lol. Am also interested in potato seed. Talk with you later. And by the way, let Tom know that I did get blue tomato’s here, even with the rotten weather in Alberta, Canada.
    Two I have are almost blue-black. Haven’t cut them open yet…yep, saving seed…
    ~Kat

    • Thank you, Katrina. Last time I heard from him, he was doing fine. He’s on an anniversary getaway with his bride.

      Glad to hear about the blue tomatoes. Yeah, some of them are getting pretty saturated in color; I’ve seen a number of them now that look almost black. I have a feeling that if he combines the blue-black skin with the dark-colored flesh of some of the “black” tomatoes, we’ll start seeing tomatoes that are dark-colored through and through. Might look less “sinister” if it were a dark shade of green flesh instead of red.

      Make sure you sign up for our updates–either via liking our fan page on Facebook, or better, signing up for our email newsletter. That’s how you’ll get the word as soon as it’s out, what we’ve got for next year, or, for that matter, what just shows up from time to time. I’ll have some perennial wheat coming available in a few days.

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