Get to Know: Holy Myrrhbearer

Get to know, Tomatoes!

Today’s featured variety: Holy Myrrhbearer

Grown from seed through Snake River Seed Cooperative!

I freaking LOVE this tomato! Truly heart-shaped, with velvety texture–SO GOOD!

These seeds reportedly came from Russia in the 1800s and passed down from a monk to one of the Sisters of the Holy Myrrhbearers, who shared them with grower Kristi Appelhans. They make beautiful, heart-shaped tomatoes, mostly 3″ with a few honkers. Excellent for sauces, canning, and fresh eating.

Tomatoes are native to northwestern South America and by at least 500 BC they had been domesticated and were being cultivated as far north as modern-day Mexico, enjoyed by Aztec and other civilizations. They spread to Europe and the Caribbean through the Spanish colonizers, where they became staple parts of the food culture in many European countries as well. Their circuitous journey brought them from the Western hemisphere to the Eastern and back again!

Indeterminate. Open-pollinated.

Get to Know: Malakitovaya Shkatulka

Get to know tomatoes! Tomatoes come in so many amazing colors, sizes and complex flavors… We are going to feature a different tomato every day for the rest of May!

Today we feature: Malakitovaya Shkatulka

A Russian Jewel
It really is a gem, as its name suggests: Malakhitovaya Shkatulka means “malachite box” in Russian.
Malachite is a gem used for jewelry and at one time was also used to make jewelry boxes. The tomatoes are large: my bigger ones reached 3/4 lb each, and have a beautiful green skin that is blushed with an apricot hue as they ripen.

This tomato has a very satisfying tomatoey flavor in line with other low acid varieties, such as Brandywine. I think another of its outstanding features is the gorgeous color, especially in a simple sliced tomato salad with red onion, fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Planting for Pollinators

Jared Arp, Yard Manager at North End Organic Nursery, shares his knowledge of how to best support pollinators at a class taught at the Boise Public Library. He walks the audience through drought tolerant and pollinator friendly plant selection and explains where to plant them in a landscape.

Houseplant of the Week: Dracaena, The Dragon Plant

Behold! The Dracaena…

Light: Bright, indirect, or low light
Watering: Every week to two weeks
Toxic to Pets: Yes, cats and dogs

The dramatic foliage and stunning color patterns of the Dracaena make this subtropical native a popular houseplant for those looking to add a little height and style to their menagerie of indoor plants. 

The Dracaena in all its forms is not particularly when it comes to light, moisture, and humidity. And once you’ve got the hang of what this spiky-leaved beauty craves, you’ll be the master of your very own house dragon in no time!

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