Opalka Tomato
'Opalka' paste tomato.

Opalka Tomato

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Paste-type, red, meaty with few seeds and nice flavor.
Opalka Certified Naturally Grown Seed

90 days, indeterminate — Like many paste-type varieties, the plants of  'Opalka' have wispy and droopy, regular leaf foliage. The red fruits reach up to six inches long and are elongated, tapering to blunt or sometimes pointed tips. They are meaty with few seeds, and unlike most common paste tomatoes, 'Opalka' actually has a good flavor making sauces and pastes even better.

This is another variety originating from our friend and tomato expert, the late Dr. Carolyn Male (NY MA C). She detailed its history as being given to her by a coworker named Carl Swidorski who described it as originally coming from Poland around 1900. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.
You really can't go wrong with these. I will grow these every year!
I will grow these every year! I started these seedlings back in February, this spring into early summer was so cold, I was worried they were not going to do well. Then the heat hit our area. I had some issues with blossom end rot when the temps got over 95ºF, but I just picked all the bad fruit. I then added egg shells around the base (because it's caused from a lack of calcium and nutrients) as well as some Epsom salt and organic fish emulsion. The plants made a quick recovery and the fruit tastes amazing. These tomatoes are HUGE... and after I made sure to fertilize at least once a week, they are growing so many fruit the plants are very heavy and tall. I made the mistake of just using a small tomato cage on a couple of them and they are falling over. They really need a heavy duty 54" cage to support these heavy, sort of droopy limbs. These are great, just keep adding the calcium enriched organic fertilizer to keep them healthy and producing strong! You really can't go wrong with these.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Grayslake, Il. on 7/26/2019
LOVE them!
Perfect for my canning. I made salsa, stewed tomatoes, and sauce. These are very meaty. I'm definitely growing them again this year.
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Reviewed by:  from Sevierville, TN. on 2/18/2019
One of my top picks
I have grown Opalka for the past 2 years, and, along with Sungold and Black Krim, are my favorite tomatoes. They are prone to blossom end rot, but I have been planting them with some (1 tbsp) Epsom salts and have not had a problem. The tomatoes can get quite large, and are abundant. My wife has made and canned delicious sauce with these. They kept producing through October when other tomatoes gave up.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Poughkeepsie, NY. on 1/5/2022
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