Tomato Review: Orange Russian 117

2011 Review.  Not a great tomato year in my area.  Cool & rainy May, ok June & VERY hot & dry July

ORANGE RUSSIAN 117
Late, indeterminate, bicolour heart-shaped, Jeff Dawson’s cross of Russian 117 and Georgia Streak

Planted:  2 seedlings from a trade on June 7th, 2011, a bit of septoria on the seedlings.
First fruit set: July 16th.
Height: 4′ by July 29th.  Tall by the end of the season – about 7-8′.
First Ripe Fruit:  August 17th
Yields:  Excellent.  A bit late to get going, but kept going into November.  Mountains of hearts ripened on the kitchen counter through November & December.
Uses: Fantastic Sliced. Ate a couple like a peach.  Beautiful in salads.  Ok for sauce/salsa.  Very tasty when dried.
Taste: Very good – excellent taste.

Overall: This was the prettiest tomato that I have ever grown.  It was very thick – almost peach-like.  The first & only fresh tomato that the 10-year-old “I don’t like tomato texture” has ever liked.   Very sweet. It was so pretty sliced.  Very vivid colours.

Don’t forget – my taste buds are different from yours, as is my weather, soil, growing habits etc.  You may agree or disagree with my review.  Grow it yourself & tell me if you like it (:

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