First donated to the USDA seedbank by Texas A&M University in 1963 with the notation ... "Carries a new purple smudge character (without simple Mendelian inheritance). Tops of green fruit become purple to black when exposed to sunshine. Low nitrogen fertilizer helps expression of character." First listed in the Seed Savers Yearbook in 1984.
As you can see by the photos these orange beauties have been kissed on the crown by purple! Yes, purple! One of the few tomatoes with true purple coloring. I know, tons of other tomatoes maybe called "purple", but they just don't show the true purple color like Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge does.
Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge has a light almost sweet and slightly fruity taste. Well balanced sweet and acid flavors.
California Grown Heirloom Tomato Seed Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge (what a mouthful to say!) did really well here on the coast and was the second orange tomato to start producing here in the wine country. It is a bit strange in that it almost looks ready to pick, but doesn't develop its deep orange color and characteristic purple top until the last few days. It is a fairly firm and thick skinned tomato making it a good keeper in my opinion. Prolific, but not all at once. It seems to provide a steady stream of tasty tomatoes through out a prolonged season. This heirloom tomato seemed very disease resistant and survived our first light frost with just a little damage.
I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.