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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Tale of a German Giant

Back in July I placed my order for tomato seeds with Tomato Supply Co.  Their Website had promised a "free" packet of GERMAN GIANT seeds if you ordered a certain dollar amount. Well, my order didn't quite add up to the specified amount but they sent the free packet of seeds anyway . . . quite generous of them, don't you think? At first, I wasn't going to plant them but then I decided . . . oh, why not!

Well, I'm definitely glad I decided to plant the seeds after all. Not only is the tomato a giant but so is the plant. At 8 feet tall this healthy large-leafed plant just happily keeps on growing. 

I eagerly waited for the blossoms to set tomatoes. Each day I would go out and look for a tiny tomato. Finally, I spotted one. Each week the little tomato grew bigger and bigger. 

Four months after I planted him the first (and only tomato, I might add - I guess it takes a lot of energy to produce a giant) tomato is turning a beautiful holiday shade of red. Each day I checked to make sure he was doing okay, and a gentle squeeze revealed that he was ripening nicely. I went ahead and picked it fearing that I'd come out the next day to find . . . heaven forbid . . . that a bird had bitten into it or it had dropped to the ground and some other critter had devoured my GERMAN GIANT.

Ah, here it is . . . my beautiful GERMAN GIANT. He barely fits into the palm of my hand. 
Oh, I'm in love!

I proudly placed him on my kitchen island along with some other tomatoes from the garden and just admired him for a couple of days. 

Then the day came . . . time to slice this giant up and see if he tastes as good as he looks. Look at that beautiful red color and the meaty texure. My mouth is watering!

So what did we do with this GIANT (beef cake . . . oops, I mean beefsteak) of a tomato?

we made 3 BLT's

and 2 hamburgers . . . and, we still hadn't eaten the whole tomato. 

And, in case you're wondering. YES, the GERMAN GIANT tastes as wonderful as it looks. It's probably a good thing it only produced one tomato, as I'm not sure what we would have done with a dozen or more. 

I'm hopeful that if we don't have freezing temps we just might get lucky enough to have another GERMAN GIANT as he's still growing and blooming away.

Hope you enjoyed my little "Veggie" tale!"

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On a different note . . . Head over to Antique Art Garden to contribute to her "Flowerlady Love Offering" fund for Lorraine at Flowerlady's Musings who recently lost her husband after 43 years of marriage.


Anonymous said...

I absolutely have tomato envy!

Susan said...

Don't be too envious Eli . . . it was only 1 tomato after all. Can you imagine 10 or 12 tomatoes hanging on the vine. Now that would have been a sight to behold.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, those photos set my mouth to watering too. :-)

Glad you got one tomato at least for your efforts.

May your holidays be filled with love, joy and peace.


Susan said...

Hi Flowerlady...Yes, I would have been disappointed if I wouldn't have got to taste the giant. It's part of what makes vegetable gardening fun.

Nanette O'Hara said...

Wow! You certainly got your "money's worth" out of that plant! Hope the new year bring you a few more Giants!

Leslie said...

Yum! That is one grand and fine-looking tomato. I'm so glad nothing happened to it before you got to taste it! (It was kind of suspenseful there for a while.)

We didn't plant any fall tomatoes this year and we're so sorry we didn't. It would have been the perfect year to do it because it's been so mild!

gardenmom said...

that is an awesome tomato, think i will look for it for myself

Kimberly said...

I can't believe the size of this tomato!! How exciting!

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