My beloved Emmy Tomato...
May 09, 2012
I am deeply in love with a tomato I am growing. I will probably grow this tomato forever. It's legacy is beautiful and inspiring. This tomato is the reason I began seed saving.
I bought the seeds from Seed Savers Exchange. Here is the story:
"Emmy was born in Translyvania which used to belong to Hungary. After WWI it became part of today's Romania. At the end of WWII a woman named Emmy was expelled (for being of German descent) and had to leave her house. As she left in fall of 1945, she grabbed a tomato, managed to keep it throughout the arduous journey into Germany and kept planting the seeds of her Translyvanian tomato. Ernestine Bloomberg, met Emmy in 1978 in Rosenheim, Germany. When Ernestine left Germany in 1979, Emmy gave her some of the seeds from her yellow Transylvanian tomato. Ernestine planted the tomato every year since."
The tomato is yellow, does not grow very large and has a very intense tomato flavor. It was named Emmy after the woman who saved it and kept it going.