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Tomato seed - Amy's Sugar Gem

(indeterminate, open-pollinated) This new open-pollinated tomato was developed by Dr. Jeff McCormack by crossing the small-fruited 'Red Cherry' tomato with the large-fruited heirloom, 'Tappy's Finest'. 'Amy's Sugar Gem' has the color, productivity, splitting resistance, and keeping quality of 'Red Cherry' plus the flavorful, meaty flesh and small core of 'Tappy's Finest'. 'Amy's Sugar Gem' is noteworthy especially for its texture, meatiness, small core, and sweet, full flavor. This versatile tomato is excellent in salads, sandwiches, and sauces. Fruits are small to medium, averaging just less than 2 ounces, typically measuring 1-1/2" wide by 1-3/4" high. Vines are tall, vigorous, and productive throughout the growing season. This introduction is of interest to home gardeners as well as fresh market growers. 'Amy's Sugar Gem' is named in appreciation of Amy Boor Hereford whose grandmother 'Tappy' introduced Jeff to heirloom tomatoes in 1982. The 'sugar gem' portion of the name refers to the sweet flavor and the tiny light gold sparkles in the red skin.

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