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Jersey Boy Tomatoes
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Jersey Boy tomatoes are large, averaging 8-10 ounces, with a flattened globe shape. Both their skin and flesh have a classic tomato-red color, and they offer an iconic, rich and balanced sweet-sour tomato flavor profile notorious of its parent variety, Rutgers tomato. The indeterminate Jersey Boy tomato plant that will grow big, about four feet or taller, and it will continue to produce high yields of the large fruit all season long. Jersey Boy is said to have better disease resistance, yield and performance than its parent varieties.
Jersey Boy tomatoes are available mid-summer.
Jersey Boy has been marketed with the nickname “Supertomato” because of its many marvelous qualities, such as fragrance, taste and production. Tomatoes were first botanically referred to as Solanum lycopersicum, and although horticulturists have opted for the term Lycopersicon esculentum over the years, current molecular DNA evidence is encouraging a return to the original classification of Solanum lycopersicum. Like all tomatoes, the Jersey Boy tomato is a member of the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family.
Tomatoes are widely known for their outstanding antioxidant content, including their concentration of lycopene, which gives tomatoes their red coloring. A number of studies shown that the high levels of lycopene in tomatoes may help reduce your chances of developing certain types of cancer, notably prostate, colorectal and stomach cancer. Consumption of lycopene also plays a role in fighting inflammatory diseases and age-related illnesses such as cataracts. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, and have good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin B, calcium and iron. They also contain decent amounts of phosphorus, sulfur, and potassium.
Jersey Boy tomatoes have a delicious classic tomato taste, and are delicious for eating raw, sliced onto sandwiches or salads. Use a serrated knife or very sharp non-serrated knife when slicing or chopping tomatoes, and cut slices lengthwise from stem to blossom end to retain more juice. Tomatoes can be sautéed, grilled, and added to many cooked recipes. Try pairing tomatoes with avocado or olive oil, as the healthy fat in both is believed to help the body absorb more lycopene from tomatoes. Try changing up the traditional Caprese salad by replacing the mozzarella with avocado. Tomatoes pair well with fresh herbs, especially Italian herbs such as basil, as well as soft cheeses, seafood, and cooked meats and poultry. Store Jersey Boy tomatoes at room temperature until ripe, after which refrigeration can slow the process of decay.
One of the parent varieties of the Jersey Boy tomato is the classic American heirloom, Rutgers tomato, which has been used as a parent in the breeding of many other hybrids. Rutgers University is a State University of New Jersey in the United States. Rutgers’s agricultural programs were once linked to Campbell Soup Company, which is based in Camden, N.J. The original Rutgers tomato was released in 1934 as the result of collaborations between the Campbell Soup Co. and Rutgers University, and it was a staple ingredient in the Campbell’s soup product line, as well as in other big label products such as Hunt’s and Heinz.
Jersey Boy is a cross between a brandywine and Rutgers tomato, hybridized by Burpee Seed Company and released circa 2015. Jersey Boy tomatoes have good disease resistance and offer high yields, but they are still a tender cultivar so be sure to plant outdoors only after all danger of frost has passed.