Off to Portugal, two regional salts – Sal de Tavira and Flor de Sal de Tavira, are harvested in the Ria Formosa Natural Park as it is one of few places in the region that is uncontaminated by industrial and agricultural processes.
Now we are ready for the fun to begin! The F2 generation is where all the genetics start to segregate out into the different plant and fruit types as the dominant and recessive genes split up and pair off.
Moving on from sea salt references, we now take a look into Halite, better known as “rock salt”.
The F1 (first filial generation) grow-out is the very first chance you’ll have to see if the cross was successful.
We have discussed how to time and apply pollen to the mother plant in order to make a successful cross.
Our next stop is Sicily, Italy where Sale Marino di Trapani (Sea salt of Trapani) is harvested along with the coastal pans of Trapani, Paceco, and Marsala.
One of the rarest salts I have come across in my research is Asin Tibuok sa Albur, or “Unbroken Salt of Albuquerque” which is an artisanal sea salt produced by traditional methods in the small town of Albuquerque on the island of Bohol, Philippines.
Korean Bamboo Salt or “Jukyeom” is also a sun dried salt, but the authentic process that happens after harvest is what gives this salt it’s unique qualities.
We have talked about emasculating the maternal host blossoms and collecting pollen from the paternal donor, let’s discuss the timing of blossom maturity and fertilization techniques.
The next two types of leaves are sometimes confused with each other because they have similar habits.
Hawaii also offers several different types of salt, and because Hawaii is an island of its own, the waters near Hawaii impart their own distinctive flavor to the salt which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Our first region of France brings us several different types of sea salt.
Since we are the “World” Tomato Society, I would like to cover a topic that people all around the world can relate to that goes hand in hand with tomatoes – salt.
Have you ever wondered why tomato plants have so many little hairs on the stems and leaves? They are kind of neat to look at, but they actually serve a purpose too.
Did you know that tomato plants have a special way of breathing and circulating nutrients all at the same time? Tomato plants have a vascular system that functions much like a siphon or a wick.
Indeterminates, determinates, and semi-determinates are the three main plant types most people know of; they can generally be found in most greenhouses, but the market is broadening thanks to the efforts of many breeders.
What are the differences between plant types, and how do you know which type is best for your gardening needs? These are questions people ask themselves when ordering seeds or standing in the local greenhouse, trying to pick the plants they want to grow for the season.
Another interesting type of tomato foliage to look at is the woolly or angora type.
This leaf type is my most favorite of all, and that’s because it can be so beautiful.
We are getting to some of the most aesthetically pleasing leaf types of all.
Anthocyanin, which can appear in a number of different leaf shapes, involves a blue/purple pigment on the epidermis of the fruit.
Did you know that tomatoes come in all sorts of different types of leaf patterns and colors? There are some wild and crazy ones we are excited to show you, but first let’s look at some of the common ones that we can all recognize.
In the last article, we talked about the male blossom parts and how pollen is vibrated loose inside the anther cone.
We are getting oh so close to the actual concepts of tomato breeding, but first, let me take you through a crash course on the basic anatomy of a tomato blossom.
From Brad Gates’s Pink Berkeley Tie Dye and Boar lines to Fred Hempel’s Artisan Bumblebee series—and all the way back to one of the pioneering lines of stripes, the Green Zebra, bred by Tom Wagner—there’s just something so visually fascinating about these eye-catching tomatoes.
In previous articles, we discussed different pigments that promote what our eyes see as “single” colors—red, pink, yellow, white, orange, green, brown, and purple—in tomatoes.
In our last article, we talked about a yellow flavonoid pigment called chalconaringenin, found in the cuticle of the skin on some tomatoes, and how this pigment can affect the color we perceive as we view the whole fruit—flesh and skin.
In the previous article, we talked about the phytonutrients that express the pigment colors in tomatoes.
Have you ever thought about the color of tomatoes? They come in so many colors these days: red, pink, purple, brown, yellow, white, green, orange, bicolor, and even blue and black! Here’s the breakdown of some of the genetic reasoning behind specific colors of tomatoes, but first let’s talk about what creates the color palette.
When it comes to supporting tomato plants, there are many choices, but most require a decision at planting time.
Your plants are hardened off, the sun is shining and you’re ready to plant your tomato seedlings into the garden.
Now that your seedlings have reached a few leafsets high, it may be time to transplant them into larger containers before their roots outgrow the little cells you had started them off in.
Edema or Oedema is a common problem with many types of seedlings, but it’s not widely recognized and is frequently mistaken for insect larvae or insect damage.
“How do I grow my tomatoes from seed without the stems getting leggy?” This is a question I hear a lot this time of year, either that or I see people posting photos who are in a state of panic because their seedlings have already grown leggy.
One topic that many people find overwhelming when deciding whether or not they want to grow their own tomato starts is lighting.
We discussed selecting and preparing the maternal host blossom, leaving off at the actual pollination timing.
When it comes to breeding tomatoes, the first step is deciding on what the parents will be.
Early in the spring, when tomato plants are starting to load up with blossoms, this is the best time to find viable mother blossoms; pollination has a higher success rate in cooler temperatures.
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