The History Of Basrawya Tomatoes

By Mary H. Dyer | December 22, 2016
by Mary H. Dyer
December 22, 2016

Basrawya heirloom tomatoes are lovely tomatoes with a smooth, round shape. Some people love the tomatoes for their somewhat tart and tangy flavor, while others report that the tomatoes are a little on the bland side. Looking for more Basrawya tomato info? Read on!

History of Basrawya Tomatoes

We don’t have a complete history of Basrawya tomatoes, but we do know that the tomatoes originated in Basra, a town in southern Iraq. As you might expect, this hardy tomato is accustomed to punishing climates and extreme heat.

Basrawya tomatoes are indeterminate tomatoes, meaning they are vining tomatoes (as opposed to determinate – or bush tomatoes). Indeterminate tomatoes will continue to grow and produce fruit until the plants are killed by frost in autumn. The vines usually reach lengths of about 6 to 10 feet and require extensive staking to keep the plants above the ground.

Basrawya tomatoes ripen in about 80 days.

Growing Heirloom Tomato Plants

Heirloom tomatoes – either family or commercial varieties – are tomatoes that have been passed down through the years because of some trait that makes them especially desirable and worth saving. Each type of heirloom tomato is genetically unique, and as it has evolved, has adapted to specific growing conditions and climates with a built-in resistance to diseases and diseases.

If you decide to try your hand at growing heirloom tomatoes, you’re doing a very good deed! Most heirloom varieties have been maintained by small, family farms which are disappearing at a rapid rate. As a result, many types of heirloom tomatoes have been lost in the past 40 years. By growing heirloom tomato plants, you’ll be helping save these tomatoes and their important contributions to genetic diversity.

Growing heirloom tomato plants is really no different from growing any type of tomato – rich, well-drained soil, adequate water, regular fertilizer and full sun for most of the day. Help the plants by providing a layer of mulch to reduce moisture evaporation, and install stakes or growing cages when the plants are still small.

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