Zapotec Heraldo Tomato - Best Heraldo Tomato Plants
A Zapotec heirloom tomato is a rare type of tomato that is still used today in Mexico. It has very thick skin and seeds, which make it very easy to pick. The Spanish call it Guicharo and the Mexican name is Chiquita. The Spanish version is more like a gourmet grape variety.
Some characteristics make these heirloom tomatoes stand out from other varieties. They are very hardy, resisting adverse conditions and are very resistant to pests. This heirloom tomato variety was introduced into Arizona around 1940. Some say it was accidentally brought over by U.S. soldiers. There were very few varieties of tomatoes then and all of them were susceptible to disease and bugs.
Today, some of these great plants are still found growing wild in Mexican terrains. They produce fruit similar to a bell pepper with small seeds. These fruits are very sweet with a pleasant meaty flavor. One way to distinguish one tomato from another is to taste both the back and the flesh of the plant.
Most Spanish tomato growers love using these because they are very adaptable and are able to tolerate minor soil alteration and diseases. They can survive cold winters and hot summers. They are easy to grow and yield good-tasting tomatoes. It takes less time for them to mature than most hybrid varieties.
There are two kinds of the Zapotec heirloom tomato. The first is called the 'Limited Edition.' This limited edition variety has a very small number of seeds. It's the cut form of the regular version, and because it's cut, it doesn't have as many seeds. Limited edition tomatoes have a red flesh and a short thick root. They don't have the leathery skin of other varieties.
Zapotec heirloom tomatoes are also used in some cooking styles. It's good when making salsa, burritos, coaches and chowders. It's used more in South America than in the rest of the world.
Some believe that the plant was developed by Native Americans to control rodents and snakes. The story goes that the Aztecs used the tomatoes as a food source and hung them in tree branches. Other believe it was developed by the Spanish sailors to give shade to the coastlines. This led to the cultivation of this heirloom tomato that now produces small yellowish fruits.
Now you know why they're called the smallest tomato. The name itself implies that it's so small that it doesn't require a pot. And yes it does get smaller every year. So get ready for next summer's garden parties and dig that up, you'll be using that one too.
It is a perennial vine that grows up to seven feet high and has purple flowers. It has dark green leaves and a red stem. You can pickle the fruit, cook it, eat it raw or use it in sauces.
The plant grows well in full sun but does do better in partial shade or on partially shaded areas. In hot weather, it needs only moderate temperatures. If you're lucky enough to live in an area where it's sunny nearly all day long, then you've got just what you need.
Growing them is very easy and very forgiving. You can use herbicidal soap when you plant them. Just spray the entire surface and any cracks or rough spots. Use as directed and water lightly after each watering. That's all you need.
Don't over feed either. I like to see at least an inch of moisture built up in the soil for any plant to thrive. Water only when the soil is dry. Water deeply rather than frequently. Once a week will do.