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More Promiscuity in Domestic Tomatoes

I love promiscuous pollination in every crop that I grow. I believe that if genetically diverse crops are able to rearrange their genetics, that they can solve problems for themselves that we are currently trying to solve with poisons, labor, or materials. My definition of heirloom tomatoes, is that the genetics worked a long time […]

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Solanum Peruvianum Complex

Solanum peruvianum are a group of closely related species of wild tomato that are native to the western slope of the Andes in Peru and northern Chile. The group comprises Solanum peruvianum, S. corneliomulleri, S. arcanum, and S. huaylasense. I’ll call them Solanum peruvianum here for simplicity. Solanum peruvianum produces small white or green fruits, […]

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Solanum Pennellii

Solanum pennellii is a dryland-adapted species of wild tomato that’s native to the western slope of the Andes in Peru. In this habitat, the tomato gets much of its water from fog; therefore, the method of watering I’ve had the most success with is misting the leaves with water. The root system is small and […]

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Solanum Habrochaites

Solanum habrochaites is a species of wild tomato that is native to the western slope of the Andes from central Ecuador to central Peru. It’s range includes areas from near sea level to very high altitude, thus some populations have developed remarkable cold/frost tolerance. Solanum habrochaites produces small, green-colored, hairy fruits. The flavor tends towards […]

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Digger Bees

Presenting digger bees pollinating the wild tomato species Solanum peruvianum. The only time I have seen this species of bee is on flowers of the highly promiscuous wild tomato species. Planting wild tomatoes, with their huge attractive flowers, could be an important conservation strategy for this species of bee.       Joseph Lofthouse World […]

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Tasting Party

Chefs and plant breeders met recently to taste tomatoes from The Beautifully Promiscuous & Tasty Tomato Project. The goal of the project is to develop sweet, fruity, aromatic, and wonderful-tasting tomatoes that are 100 percent out-crossing. When tomatoes were domesticated long ago, 95 percent of the available genetics were left in the wild and are […]

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Towards Promiscuous Wild Tomatoes

I am Joseph Lofthouse, a subsistence farmer from a cold mountain valley in the Rockies. I am known for my advocacy of landrace gardening: that is growing genetically diverse, cross-pollinating crops for enough generations in the same location, that they become locally-adapted to the ecosystem and to the community’s habits. One of the strengths of […]

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