Last October, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) held public sales of tomato plants. One that I acquired was labelled Hurma Ukrainian. It grows high and wide (is an indeterminate tomato) and develops large yellow tomatoes. The eating texture is like no other; it is very smooth and fine to the palate, and feels rich like butter, somehow. Superb. And I want more. So I set out today to collect the seed from one ripe fruit with the hope I can germinate at least one or two plants towards the end of the year.
This site tells me that ‘Hurma means persimmon in Russian’. Further research shows Hurma means persimmon in Ukrainian as well. Makes sense to me. Truly, these have the look of the persimmons I grow at the bottom of my garden. However these tomatoes are larger than my persimmons. And the persimmons tend to be orange coloured whereas my Hurmas are more yellow. Additional information is located here.
So what did I do?
I followed the instructions. Extracted the seeds and placed them in isolation (oh isn’t that the way of everything at the moment!) on a sheet of paper towel.
Then layered another sheet of paper towel over the top to sandwich the seeds.
Wet around each seed to ‘seal’ the two sheets of paper together.
I ensured the sheets were labelled and finally I laid them in a very light warm place to dry.
That is all. Couldn’t be easier. Now I will roll those sheets up and store in a dry dark place for winter. Next they will appear in late September when I will see if I can sprout the seeds indoors, then pot the cotyledons, and finally plant out the seedlings later in October. Fingers crossed it will work!