76 days, indeterminate
— The regular leaf plants of 'Kanora' are healthy, vigorous and tend to be well loaded with red colored, four to six ounce, slightly flattened globe shaped tomatoes. The heavy foliage helps to prevent sun-scald and cracking. It was developed for the tomato industry and have thick walls and firm flesh making it an excellent variety for home gardeners for canning, freezing and processing. That said, the fruit are also well suited for fresh eating. They are juicy, offer a rich, mildly tangy flavor with a slightly sweet taste that lingers on the palate; a classic red tomato flavor. Kanora is also a nice choice for market growers as it is also a good shipper.
'Kanora' was bred at the Kansas State Agricultural Experiment Station as a wilt-resistant, production tomato variety, and introduced through the Barteldes Seed Comany of Lawrence, Kansas in 1927. According to the Kansas AES evaluation and descriptive documentation, 'Kanora' was developed as a cross between 'John Baer
' and 'Norton
'. They went on to describe it as follows:
"Selections were made from the original cross by Mr. O. W. Scott of Cherryvale. Its desirable characteristics were fixed, through careful selection, from year to year. It exhibits the fruit qualities of the 'John Baer' tomato, medium to large, deep red and very productive. It has proved very resistant to wilt (Fusarium lycopersici), but no more resistant than its resistant parent, 'Norton'. In early tests, 'Kanora' out-yielded the 'Norton' tomato in 1923, 1924, and 1925, and the fruit was smaller and more uniform, making it more desirable."
In their 1926 seed catalog, Barteldes announced the tomato by writing, "The Kansas State Agricultural College has developed a new blight-resisting Tomato, 'The Kanora.' They have given us the exclusive sale of this seed. We will offer it for 1927.
Our seed stock originated from USDA Accession Number PI 636267. It entered the USDA's collection on October 1, 1963. Each packet contains at least 20 seeds.