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 (: