Ferris Wheel Tomato
Salzer's 'Ferris Wheel' tomato.

Ferris Wheel Tomato

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A good, 19th Century, pink tomato. Juicy, mild and slightly sweet.
Ferris Wheel Certified Naturally Grown Seed Slow Food USA - Ark of Taste

90 days, indeterminate — 'Ferris Wheel" is an old variety that was once very popular, but nearly disappeared until it was rediscovered in the 1990s by author and tomato authority Craig LeHoullier. The plants are a regular leaf type that are somewhat wispy, common in other large, pink, beefsteak-type varieties.

Released by the John A. Salzer Seed Company of La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1894, you can read their amazing claims in the scan of their description included in the photo link above. Although none of the fruit we have grown out are true "monsters," we have harvested ones weighing in at thirty-two ounces. Some of the later setting fruit ripen as small as eight ounces here on the farm, but a pound seems to be a typical specimen weight. The flavor definitely makes this variety one worth growing and preserving for future generations. They are juicy, deliciously complex but mild, and slightly sweet. Our parent stock originated from USDA accession number NSL 27341. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.
Absolutely delicious!
I found out about this wonder in Craig LeHoullier's fantastic book, "Epic Tomatoes." It was a little late when I ordered my seeds, but I started a few plants anyway and crossed my fingers. So far, I've had one superb tasting, one pound fruit.

The plant is very productive, currently with over two dozen fruits and still setting, double the production of my 'Brandywine' and 'Stump of the World' and the taste is comparable! It's also earlier, which is a big plus given our short growing season here.

The full-bodied flavor is a wonderful combination of balanced sweetness and old-fashioned, rich, tomatoey goodness with complex overtones. The texture is perfection!

Placed on my permanent grow out list!
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