Turkey

Heybetli (Turkey)

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Large, meaty fruits have excellent flavor and develop dark green shoulders which eventually fades into red as the fruits ripen. Plants are prolific and many fruits weigh around 1 lb. This is a multi-purpose, mid-season variety that can be used for fresh-eating, canning, and making sauces and paste. Seeds for Kopek Hayasi were sent to us by Volkan Yalazay, an heirloom gardener from Canakkale, Turkey.

Seeds for this variety were initially donated by a Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) member, Wade Wofford of California who died in 2006, to the SSE’s Heritage Farm some time between 1988 and 1998. Wade obtained the variety through a chain of seed-passing involving members. Wade noted that “A son of the family [through which the seeds were distributed in US] was traveling in Turkey and ordered a tomato slice on a sandwich in a restaurant. The slice overflowed the bread, so he saved out some seeds in a handkerchief and mailed that to his father in the USA (who loved big tomatoes).”

Yöresi/Tarihçesi: Çeşidin tohumları, o zaman ABD’nin California Eyaleti’nde yaşayan ve 2006 yılında vefat eden Wade Wofford tarafindan Seed Savers Exchange’in üretim çiftliğine 1988-1998 yılları arasında bağışlanmıştır (hangi yıl bağışlandığı belirsizlik taşımaktadır). Wade, çeşit tohumlarını daha önce yetiştiren bir amatör yetiştirici grubundan temin etmiştir. Kendisi, bağış notunda şunu belirtmiştir: “Tohumları ABD’de ilk dolaşıma sokan kişi, Türkiye’de bir restoranda sandviç siparişi veriyor. Sandviçin içindeki domates diliminin ekmeğin dışına taştığını görüyor ve tohumlarını peçeteye sarıp, iri domates yetiştirmeyi çok seven ABD’deki babasına postalıyor.

Leaf type: Potato-leaf

Yaprak sekli: Patates yaprakli

Day to maturity: 60-65 days from transplant

Olgunlasma suresi: Sasirtmadan hasada 60-65 gun

Fruit size: Large, many fruits are over 1 lb

Meyve buyuklugu: Iri, bircok meyvenin agirligi 0.5 kg’in ustunde

Fruit Color: Dark pink with red/orange undertones

Meyve rengi: Yer yer kirmizi/turuncu tonlariyla karisik koyu pembe

Fruit shape: Oblate

Meyve sekli: Yayvan

Yield: Productive

Verim: Yuksek

Other characteristics: Fruits are meaty and have thin skin

Diger ozellikleri: Meyveler etli ve ince kabuklu

Brix: 6.2

Mature Plant Height: Over 6 ft

Bitkinin Boyu: 2 m’nin ustunde

Fruit Size: 4”-5” in length, 7”-8” circumference at blossom end.

Meyve Buyuklugu: Uzunlugu 10-12 cm, en genis oldugu yerde etrafi 18-20 cm.

Best Use: Fresh eating

Kullanim Alani: Taze tuketmelik

Seed availability status: Very limited commercial production, very rare

Tohumun bulunabilirligi: Cok nadir, ticari olarak uretimi son derece kisitli

Latest seed collection date: June 2014

En Son Tohum Hasat Tarihi: Haziran 2014

Additional notes: [i]Turkey[/i] plants grew more than 6′ tall. Although leaf cover is not very dense, growth is vigorous with many strong branches. Plants have potato leaves and very good yields with 4”-5” wide dark pink fruits which also have red/orange undertones. Fruits are very meaty, have few seeds, and have beautiful dark green shoulders which fade away as they ripen. Flavor is outstanding. Fruits have thin skin and have short shelf life. Plants did very well in Florida heat and started producing surprisingly early (60 days after transplant) for such a large-fruited variety.

[i]Turkey[/i] is especially rare because it has potato leaves which is a very uncommon case with Turkish tomatoes. Unfortunately, we don’t have any information about the locality of this variety but my educated guess is that the seeds for it were collected somewhere in Western or Northwestern Turkey where large, pink tomatoes with complex flavors are common. I also think that the seeds for this variety might originally have been brought to the region by Turkish immigrants who left their motherland in Eastern Europe (most probably Bulgaria) in late 19th century or during/after Balkan Wars in early 20th century. My special thanks go to the SSE’s Collection Technician (Germplasm Storage and Distribution) Aaron Burmeister who provided the information about the seed history dating post-1990s.

Ek notlar: Heybetli, patates yaprakli bir domates olmasi sebebiyle cok nadir bulunan bir yerli domates cesidi. Ne yazik ki, tohumunun alindigi yore hakkinda bir bilgimiz yok ancak Bati Anadolu veya Trakya’ya ait olmasi olasiligi buyuktur. Ayni zamanda, bu yorelere, iri ve pembe domateslerin siklikla goruldugu Bulgaristan’dan 19. yuzyil sonu/20. yuzyil basinda gelen Turk gocmenlerin beraberinde getirdikleri bir cesit olmasi muhtemeldir. ANATOHUM Projesi kapsaminda ceside Heybetli ismi verilerek Turkiye’de yayginlasmasi saglanacaktir.

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