This is new to the lineup this year. It is a bi-colored heirloom tomato and is described as very picturesque. Tomatoes are 10 to 12 ounces with hints of tropical fruit. I doubt the tropical fruit part, but the pictures of this beauty could fool you into thinking you were eating a papaya or a pineapple. My main reason for trying this tomato is to compare it to my perennial favorite, Cory’s Grandpa (see my blog Papi’s 2012 Lineup: Second Flight for the story behind Cory’s Grandpa).
This tomato is new to the lineup this year. Old Abe has been around for a long time. The tomato that is.
“Abraham Lincoln’ was introduced in 1923 by the W. H. Buckbee seed company of Rockford, Ill., which named the tomato in honor of the state’s favorite son. It was released without much fanfare, but over the years it has proved itself to be one of the great tomato classics that happily survived the big shift to hybrids during the 1940s. After the demise of the Buckbee firm, the tomato was continued by R. H. Shumway of Randolph, Wis.”
Advertised as an abundant provider with 6 to 10 ounce tomatoes. Good texture with higher amount of acid, but also tempered with sweetness.
Zapotec has been in the lineup before. This is a great tasting tomato with thick flesh great for making sauces and canning. Zapotec is an heirloom from Mexico and is reputed to be the progenitor of the Italian heirloom tomato Costoluto Genovese. According to myth, legend or history, the Spanish Conquistadors brought this tomato back from their conquest of Mexico and introduced it to Europe. The Costoluto Genovese is renowned for its great sauces and taste. Zapotec is every bit as good and in my opinion is better looking than the Costoluto Genovese.
CopiaCopia has been in the lineup before. It is also a bi-colored tomato. It is advertised as a stabilized cross between a Green Zebra and Marvel Stripe. The tomatoes are 10 to 12 ounces and the tomato was named for the Copia American Center for Food and Wine in Napa California. I had the good fortune to visit the Copia Center several years ago with my wife (Sweet Tomato) before it closed in bankruptcy in 2008. The Copia is every bit as tasty as it is beautiful.