This page talks about Doomsday Tomato Seeds.
Serving Size: 1 small whole (cherry tomato) (2-3 inches in diameter):Calories 16
So one cup of tomatoes has about 60 calories in it.
Tomatoes can be eaten fresh or as part of a recipe. A favorite is ketchup. They can be dried where they will last up to 2 years or crushed into powder form where they can last many years. But the powder will start to lose its taste over time.
will continue to turn red after they are picked. What you are eating
on your hamburger and buying at the store have been picked about three
weeks before they are really ready for harvesting so they get to us
without being spoiled. But they lack taste.
But a tomato that has been left to ripen
on the vine, has much more taste in it. Don't be fooled by the "vine
left on" gimmick the stores like to use. These are still harvested
about 3 weeks early and leaving them attached to the vine does not make them taste any better.
When talking about what kind of tomato to grow, one has many choices to make.
Do I grow indeterminate or determinate?
Indeterminate is a vine type plant. It will keep growing and producing right up until the first frost. And if it never froze, it would keep producing.
Determinate tomato plants are a bush type plant. They will grow to about 4 feet tall, put out all their tomatoes and then they are done for the season.
With the indeterminate type tomato, over a long season, one would expect to get more tomatoes.
If I had the space, I would plant both.
The next decision one has to make is what size of tomato to grow.
There are seven types of tomatoes to grow. They are:
While beefsteak and slicing will probably give you a cup's worth of tomatoes, it will also take them longer to grow.
Another advantage to growing beefsteak is you will also get more seeds from one tomato than about 50 cherry tomatoes.
I am going to list each type of tomato and give "about" how many seeds one can expect to get from that particular type of tomato:
These are approximate amounts but they give us something to work with.
The next thing we need to know is, "How many tomatoes" will each type of plant produce?
This will be dependent on the type of plant, the growing conditions, insects, animals, rain and so forth.
But let's start with an average of what we can expect from a determinate plant (indeterminate plants can produce more):
Beefsteak: 25 to 50
Cherry: 500 to 1000
Currant: 200 to 500
Grape: 250 to 500
Paste: 250 to 500
Plum: 250 to 500
Once again this is by no means 100% accurate, but gives us someplace to start.
I am just going to give the figures for the slicing tomato only. I have chosen the slicing tomato, determinate, as our example.
We can get about 50 tomatoes (we will stick with the low side) from one plant.
One cup is about 30 calories.
One slicing tomato is about one cup's worth.
One person for one day, on a 2000 calorie diet, would need about 70 tomatoes a day.
In 365 days that would be 25,500 tomatoes.
This would mean we would need about 60 tomato plants a year if all one had to eat were tomatoes. Of course, we are hoping we have other things to eat as well.
So I would keep 300 tomato seeds on hand, hidden in 3 different caches.
Follow the 1/3 rule: 1/3 for growing this year, 1/3 for next year and 1/3 for emergencies.
Tomatoes come in a variety of colors.
They can mature to green, purple, black, orange, yellow and the favorite red.
The disadvantage to red tomatoes is birds and other animals are always looking for them. Scavengers also may be looking for a red tomato.
These are grown above ground so they are susceptible to a number of dangers.
I may want to grow a purple or black tomato in hopes of protecting my crop from some of the above ground dangers. A person who does not know that tomatoes can come in a number of colors, may pass on a black or purple tomato, thinking that there is something wrong with it.
There is a lot to think about when considering tomatoes.
They do not keep for very long so they would need to be turned into some sort of sauce.
There are several videos on YouTube that explain how to save the seeds.
Tomatoes come as:
You want to make sure you use open pollinated or heirloom seeds. These produce seeds that can be used for propagating.
You do not want to plant hybrids for seed production. Hybrids do not do well for seed production. You never know what you are going to get.
But for the first couple of years, you may want to grow some hybrids since they are more disease resistant. If you do, make sure you separate them from your open pollinates by at least 100 feet to prevent cross pollination.
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