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Tomatoes don’t get sweeter than this – Gran Brix 0

Posted on March 05, 2012 by Original Touch Seeds

We have managed to secure a small supply of the seeds of “Gran Brix” a very special tomato F1 variety from Spain with the sweetest taste.

Brix is a measure sugar content where  °Bx,  is equivalent to percentage of sugar in solution. This measure of sugar content is commonly used in the wine  and fruit industries, to give an indication of the quality of the fruit (it is also a handy guide to the potential alcohol content which may be achieved by fermenting the fruit – which is always useful to know!)

To give you an idea of what that means in tomato terms :- your typical mass produced (supermarket) tomatoes can range from 2-3 °Bx. As we all know, if you have ever bothered to try them,  they can be a bit short of  aroma and taste. Tomatoes which measure as high as 6-8 °Bx tend to be  known as the very sweet tomato varieties.

So when we tell you that the  Gran Brix tomato weighs in at a hefty 9.5 °Bx,  you will not be surprised at our claim that this an outstandingly sweet tomato variety. It follows then, that, at such high quality, it is very hard to find any other tomato that can come even close to its taste.

Not content with being the sweetest tomato known to mankind, Gran Brix is highly resistant to pests and disease. It also has very good keeping ans storage qualities. Gran Brix is a vigorous plant, quick growing and over a very long period produces bright red, firm cherry fruit that is resistant to cracking.  Average fruit weight 15 – 18 grams.

We are always on the lookout for new and interesting varieties for you to try,  so why not subscribe to our blog and be first to know when we write about them?. In the meantime – have a look at some recommended tomato seed varieties here.


20 Bright Ideas for the School Vegetable Garden 0

Posted on March 15, 2011 by Original Touch Seeds

We had a call recently from a teacher who was asking for ideas on the best things to plant in the vegetable garden which had been set up at the nursery school where she works. So we put our thinking caps on and came up with this shortlist of varieties which will provide interest on a variety of levels throughout the season. Read the rest of this entry →

Killer Fruit! 1

Posted on December 29, 2010 by Gardening Guru

An ACE tomato killer

Now this may be old news to some of you but I recently read an article, by Richard Alleyne of The Telegraph, in which he wrote that botantists have discovered that the humble tomato plant is carnivorous. Read the rest of this entry →

A Summer Cucumber 0

Posted on December 19, 2010 by Gardening Guru

Bianco Lungo Cucumber

Okay so it is the middle of winter and there is snow and ice everywhere but lets talk about the summer and a beautiful salad with everything picked from your garden especially the cucumber.  Cucumbers basically come in two different types the outdoor and the greenhouse variety and how and where you grow them depends upon which type you are growing.  Read the rest of this entry →

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