|Fruit type||canner, slicer, paste|
|Variety type||family heirloom|
- 80 days, indet., regular wispy foliage, long red carrot-shaped and/or bomb shaped fruit, paste type, excellent sweet flavor, fairly productive.
Year grown: 2007, 2011* (3, 4)
- This tomato was a pleasant surprise to me as I did not believe that it would ripen in zone 3b/4a. However, we had an exceptionally good growing climate this year with an earlier planting period and a late frost period. I planted the seeds May 24 and harvested ripe tomatoes September 1 (100 days). The largest fruit was 5 3/4" long and 13.4 ounces. Most of the others were slightly smaller than that. The tomato sauce that we made with these tomatoes tasted great. The tomatoes were heavy for their size, very meaty, with only a few seeds. The vines were very vigorous and I pruned them to 5 1/2 feet tall. The production was good for such a large tomato. I had many small clusters on my one plant.
Year grown: 2010
Location: Iron River, Michigan
- 80 days, indet., regular leaf, pointed paste, 2.5 x 4.5", very productive.
Location: Pasadena, Texas
Year grown: 2011, 2012
Location: Quitzdorf am See, Germany
- Family heirloom from Poland, which was brought to Amsterdam of New York, USA in the 1900s by Opalka family. Carolyn Male (NY MA C) got the seeds from her co-worker, Carl Swidorski, whose wife was from the Opalka family. Carolyn Male introduced it at SSE Yearbook in the 1990s.
- One of the 100 heirloom tomatoes noted in Carolyn J. Male's book "100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden".
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Opalka - ripening fruit. 2007-08-31.
Dennis Margoni, MI. Opalka - ripe fruit. September 2010.
John Beidler (CT BE J). Opalka. 2008
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