Jubilee Tomato

Jubilee Tomato Seeds

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Jubilee (74 days) 1943

Indeterminate.  Golden yellow fruits that just shine in the garden. Jubilee produces high yields of low acid fruits excellent for fresh eating, juice, salads or canning.  Make excellent salsa!!  "Delicious taste and solid, smooth substance."

There seems to be some real confusion on the name and orgin.  I've discovered this from a GardenWeb.com post  "Jubilee - Breeder and vendor: W. Atlee Burpee Co., Philadelphia. Parentage: six-generation selection from Tangerine x Rutgers cross. Characteristics: large orange tomato with very meaty interiors and mild flavor, deep globe-shaped fruit. Similar: Sunray. Adaptation: wide, except in northernmost portions. Burpee Catalog 1943."
However, as you can see from the Child's catalog below in 1891 this tomato may have been around for far longer than 1943. 

1891 John Childs Seed Co. catalog listed as "Child's Golden Jubilee" says...
"(new 1889) the seed was first sent us by a customer in Australia, who says that it came up by chance in a corner of his garden, and proved to be the wonder of the town. He sent us all the seed from one fruit which he says weighed over two pounds and was as smooth as an apple, and as handsome as a ball of gold. Thus it has proved – the enormous fruits weighing upwards of two pounds are of the deepest and richest golden color, and are borne very abundantly. In shape they are mostly round and more solid and contain less seeds than any other sort we know, notwithstanding its enormous size. Its quality is the richest and best; the only yellow sort we know, of as good quality as the best red ones. Sliced with red ones for table use they make a beautiful dish. The skin will peel from them as readily as though they were scalded, a feature not found in other tomatoes, and one which will be greatly appreciated by cooks."

1956 Gleckers Seed Co. catalog says about Jubilee Tomato...
"72 days. Golden orange, deep globular, solid fleshed and mild, delicious flavor. Fruit is many times mistaken in appearance for an orange."

1956 Meyer Seed Catalog says about Jubilee Tomato...
"72 days  Fruits are bright golden orange, deep globular, firm.  The orange colored flesh is mild but of definite floavor and really delicious.  Makes excellent juice."

Because of its low acidity and few numbers of seeds; this is an ideal tomato for making tomato juice. 

Recommended by the following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region .  OR

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¼" - ½" 250-300 70-85 6-9 60" 18-36" 75 lb. Full

Planting Tips for Heirloom Tomatoes:

Most gardeners want to get the most out of these delicious heirloom tomatoes and therefore give them a head start on the growing season.  Start these vegetable seeds indoors in sterile potting mix, being sure to keep the temperature above 70 degrees.  Some people prefer to use a grow pad, but the top of the fridge has been known to be quite effective as well. 

Once the first true leaves appear on your tomato seedlings, transplant into 4" pots until you have completely hardened them off in the garden.  Hardening is a process of exposing the plants more and more to outside temperature until they are hardy enough to tolerate a complete outdoor move.  Generally speaking, by early summer heirloom tomatoes should be transplated into the garden.

Most heirloom varieties are quite productive and will greatly benefit from sturdy supports.  It may also be advisable to add blood and bone meal to the worked soil to help ensure healthy productive heirloom tomatoes.

Seed Care tips for Heirloom Tomato Seeds:

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.


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