RIESENTRAUBE - 80 Days Indeterminate Red Cherry Heirloom - An heirloom tomato from Germany, the name translates to "giant bunch of grapes.” These flavorful cherries grow in clusters of 20 – 40. Grown by the Pennsylvania Dutch as early as 1856. This tomato is an “absolute must” for heirloom aficionados, according to Dr. Carolyn Male in her book, "100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden"
Drippy, delicious, mouthwatering taste. That's what heirloom tomatoes are all about. From seeds carefully collected and passed down through generations, heirlooms reinvigorate the garden--and captivate the gardener--with their beguiling flavors, their wild variety of shapes and colors, and their enchanting histories. 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden covers every facet of raising these nearly lost treasures, including when to plant seeds and transplant seedlings, ways to prevent foliage diseases, cultivation, propagation, and more. Following the step-by-step how-to is a stunningly photographed and comprehensive field guide to 100 tried-and-true heirloom varieties, from the spicy Green Grape--the only true ripe-when-green cherry tomatoe-- to Omar's Lebanese--a superbly flavored pink beefsteak that can grow as large as four pounds.
In her classic book "100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden," New York biologist Carolyn J. Male boiled down the top choices among the 600 or more retail varieties of pre-hybrid tomatoes dating from before World War II. Any kind of tomato you want to grow--large slicers for sandwiches, cherry tomatoes, fruits for sauces and canning--exists in heirloom form, as well as tomatoes in unusual colors packed with flavor.
If you're into gardening books, he recommends two on tomatoes – "100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden" by Carolyn J. Male and "The Great Tomato Book" by Gary Ibsen with Joan Nielsen.