Berkeley Tie Dye (2020)
(68 days) Open-pollinated. Compact Indeterminate. Here is a tomato variety with a name and appearance we ex-hippies can love. Tie-Dye is not only the best of all the “Boar Series” tomatoes released by talented breeder Bradley Gates of Wild Boar Farms in Napa, CA, but it is also by far the best of all the new tomatoes I’ve tried. Tie-Dye has real flavor. Not only flavor but also amazing early productivity, size, disease tolerance, and is it ever a looker. In a jungle among some 15–20 other varieties, this beefsteak accounted for at least half of my early ripe full-sized tomatoes for the second year in a row. Fruits usually bi-lobed, averaging about 9 oz, the color of port wine with metallic green stripes. They have an engaging tanginess, almost as if lightly salted. The spiciness is just what you might expect from this striped beauty. Seems to hold up well in the field and after picking.