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Tasti-Lee® ! Tasti-Lee® is a hybrid variety of large round determinate tomato. It is self-topping (seldom needs staking) and best when caged. Tasti-Lee® has a 7-10 day harvest window and performs well with consistent superior flavor under a diverse range of growing conditions which make it a great variety for the commercial market. This tomato is harvested vine-ripe in the field. Fruit is firm after harvest and can maintain its texture and flavor for up to 2 weeks. Fresh quality withstands harvest, packing and distribution pressures to arrive at retail as a beautiful, flavorful, vine-ripened tomato with more than 40% higher lycopene levels than regular varieties. A key target in the Tasti-Lee® breeding program was to deliver better flavor and interior fruit quality to commercial tomatoes. Dr. John (Jay) Scott, of the University of Florida's Gulf Coast Research & Evaluation Center spent more than 10 years developing a healthy, tasty, fresh commercial tomato. Tasti-Lee® is a delightful treat high in antioxidants. The firm texture and juicy flesh make it just right for slicing and chopping; great for sandwiches, salads, salsas and sauce. Taste tests by the US Department of Agriculture and University of Florida found that consumers preferred Tasti-Lee® over other commercial tomatoes. Following a national brand-name promotion and pull-through marketing, consumers are asking for this tomato by name. Twilley Seed is again proud to offer Tasti-Lee® to our customers who wish to join the tomato revolution! †Note - Sales to supermarket chains require participation in a brand-name marketing program. Please inquire about this program if your plans include supermarket distribution. See page 67 Selecting Tomato Varieties Disease Tolerance or Resistance With so many varieties available, it may be difficult to choose which Tomato Many new varieties have been improved for a broader range of disease traits, as to grow for your crop. Twilley continually looks for new varieties with better new research results become available for commercial use. As part of your disease performance traits. The following information will help you select the best management, you may choose varieties that are strong against the diseases that varieties for your production. We especially suggest any of the tomatoes in make the most problems in your area. It is recommended that you contact an Twilley's tried and true "Professional Seeds Series". extension service agent in your area to identify the cause of growing problems. They can help identify the critter so you can better deal with it. We have found Maturity can ask your Twilley salesperson for links to university sites in your region.that the land grant universities offer excellent information on their websites. You Consider the number of frost-free days in your growing area. Early crops are often useful to make early market windows, even though some trade-off in fruit size may be necessary. TSWV now a growing problem in many states. TSWV can wipe out entireIndicates varieties resistant to Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus, which is tomato crops. Symptoms are hard to detect in early stages and no treatment Determinate vs Indeterminate is known to be effective at saving an infected crop. TSWV is hard to control Determinate plants grow shorter, with more concentrated fruit set, and need less because the tiny thrips that feed on infected plants spread quickly through a field pruning or support. Indeterminate plants usually have a more extended harvest and carry the virus to healthy plants. Disease resistance is the only known method season, and can yield larger, more perfect fruit if supported and pruned . to control this problem. Fruit Type and Use TYLC Indicates varieties resistant to Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl. Transmitted by Various sizes, shapes and colors are available meet the demand of market various white fly, TYLC has recently come on as a problem disease. regions and applications. Shipping/Fresh Market Jointless vs Jointed usually are very firm, produce a concentrated fruit set and can ripen to a red colorDescriptions indicate suggested best uses for many varieties. Shipping types Jointless fruits, when picked, leave the stem (pedicel) on the plant resulting in a in storage after green harvest. smooth fruit surface. Smoother fruit can show less damage in shipping with less need for special packing materials. Jointed fruits have an enhanced appearance in Adaptability fresh market settings because stem remains attached to fruit. Many varieties perform well in certain regions; we include this information when possible. 64 To Order Call: 800-622-7333


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