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Over a decade ago, I ate a red and yellow striped tomato at a farmer's market in northern California and fell in love. Alas, I didn't know what the variety was. Since then, I've been looking for it and last year I purchased a seedling at a farmer's market in Alabama that turned out to be THE ONE -- German Striped. I saved seeds and planted them this year.
So yesterday I was slicing a lovely tomato I picked in the morning and couldn't for the life of me remember what I planted that was orange with yellow shoulders. Yep, you guessed it, is was my German Striped. Sort of. Tastes the same, but no lovely striping.
While I know it's possible for tomatoes to cross on their own or with insect help, I've never had it actually happen. I don't even know if it happened in my garden or if the seedling I got wasn't pure. This variety itself may have some physical characteristics that make it more likely to cross.
I'm torn... this is my best year for maters ever despite the horrible weather issues. Do I roll with it and keep "my" orange tomato that isn't cracking and splitting like they usually do, and is more uniformly roundish? Or buy seed and try again?
And yeah, I saved the seeds from the lovely orange tomato I ate yesterday. I just don't know if I will plant them yet.