Thessaloniki

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Thessaloniki
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color red
Fruit shape round
Fruit size medium
Fruit type canner, slicer
Variety type open-pollinated, heirloom
Country Greece
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B.C KO T

indet., regular leaf, medium sized perfectly shaped red globes with very good old-fashioned balanced flavor.

Seed source:

1. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds 06
2. Martin Longseth of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (WI LO M) 08 / trade
3. Lurley Hernandez, Galena, Ohio 11 / Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds 11

Year grown: 2010(1 - crop failure), 2011 (1)

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


TX GU R

75 days, indet., excellent earthy acid flavor, keeps well, resists sun scald and cracking, Greece.

Seed source:

CV Harvest Moon

Year grown:

Location: Pasadena, Texas


GERM SC K

indet., red tomato.

Seed source:

Steve Schwartz

Year grown: 2007

Location: Germany


CZEC GR V

Mid season [May 1 sowing the first ripe fruits on August 25], indet.,regular leaves, red, round, slicer, open-pollinated, midsize juicy fruits [5-7 oz] with excellent flavor [according to me]

Seed source:

Swordy, Rhodos, Greece

Year grown: 2015

Location: Czech republic, Brno, 780 ft


ID DE M

Midseason, red, round, softball-sized fruits. Very productive. A friend who tried mine said they were the best-tasting tomatoes he had ever had. I thought they were pretty good, too (and though I like the flavor, I like it more for the texture). The fruit-quality and size was similar to that of Creole (which I also grew in 2016, from the same seed source), but Thessaloniki was later to mature and more productive. The large fruits are very easy to find and harvest. They are also easy to process. They have thick walls and nice texture. This is one of my top two favorites in 2016 (Matina was the other); I grew about a hundred varieties. It was somewhat later than expected, but production and overall satisfaction quite made up for it. I saved seeds to grow again in 2017. It was one of the few large-fruited varieties that wasn't ever mealy for me, in 2016. The fruit size, shape, taste and texture were all very consistent. I didn't see anything like catfacing, blossom scars or such on it. I didn't see any fruit blemishes. Mine weren't acidic, but we probably did have wood ash in the soil (with peat moss to balance the pH), which wood ash may decrease fruit acidity and may also account for the larger-than-otherwise-reported size.

Seed source:

timeless-tomatoes.com (ordered 31 Jul 2015)

Year grown: 2016

Location: New Plymouth, Idaho



History

  • Greek heirloom, introduced to the USA in the 1950's by Glecklers Seedsmen, Ohio.
  • Description from the Gleckler 1958 Catalog:
"A wonderful new strain recently developed at the Ministry of Agriculture Experiment Farm in Greece. A cross of early Thessaloniki and late Thessaloniki, mid-season in maturity. Vine growth indeternimate heavy, with dense foliage. Plant health throughout the season is very good, carrying considerable resistance to fungus diseases. Most amazing is its characteristic of producing practically all uniform size, deep globular fruits about the size of a baseball. Very beautiful, smooth, with perfect blossom ends. Small and rough-shaped fruits are a rarity. Skin is very tough, highly resistant to cracking, Ripens to a beautiful scarlet color, uniformly over the entire fruit. Its solid fleshy interior is mildly flavored and fruits keep very well after ripening. Adapted for staking and we value it a very important market or home garden strain. Reports of trials with Thessaloniki say "nothing more could be asked for in tomatoes". "



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Heirloom Tomatoes
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Facts about ThessalonikiRDF feed
CountryGreece +
Descriptionindet., regular leaf, medium sized perfectly shaped red globes with very good old-fashioned balanced flavor.
Fruit colorred +
Fruit shaperound +
Fruit sizemedium +
Fruit typecanner + and slicer +
Growth habitindet. +
History* Greek heirloom, introduced to the USA in * Greek heirloom, introduced to the USA in the 1950's by Glecklers Seedsmen, Ohio.
  • Description from the Gleckler 1958 Catalog:
"A wonderful new strain recently developed at the Ministry of Agriculture Experiment Farm in Greece. A cross of early Thessaloniki and late Thessaloniki, mid-season in maturity. Vine growth indeternimate heavy, with dense foliage. Plant health throughout the season is very good, carrying considerable resistance to fungus diseases. Most amazing is its characteristic of producing practically all uniform size, deep globular fruits about the size of a baseball. Very beautiful, smooth, with perfect blossom ends. Small and rough-shaped fruits are a rarity. Skin is very tough, highly resistant to cracking, Ripens to a beautiful scarlet color, uniformly over the entire fruit. Its solid fleshy interior is mildly flavored and fruits keep very well after ripening. Adapted for staking and we value it a very important market or home garden strain. Reports of trials with Thessaloniki say "nothing more could be asked for in tomatoes". " more could be asked for in tomatoes". "
Leafregular +
Maturitymidseason +
Member codeB.C KO T +, TX GU R +, GERM SC K +, CZEC GR V + and ID DE M +
Seed source1. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds 06
2. Martin Longseth of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (WI LO M) 08 / trade
3. Lurley Hernandez, Galena, Ohio 11 / Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds 11
Variety typeopen-pollinated + and heirloom +
VendorBaker Creek Heirloom Seeds +, Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds +, Gleckler Seedmen +, Tomato Growers Supply +, TomatoFest +, Sand Hill Preservation Center +, Skyfire Garden Seeds +, Heirloom Seeds +, Heirloom Tomatoes +, Heritage Tomato Seed +, J&L Gardens Seed +, Solana Seeds +, Trade Winds Fruit +, Delectation of Tomatoes +, Gourmet Seed International +, Hazzard's Wholesale Seeds +, Knapp's Fresh Vegies + and Seeds of Change +
Year grown2010(1 - crop failure) + and 2011 (1) +
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