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Offline Colwyn

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« on: May 08, 2008, 12:26:43 PM »
They said it couldn't be done. But a couple of years ago I stripped the seeds from some of my breakfast tomatoes in Turkey and smuggled them back to UK. British tomatoes are rubbish, even if you grow them yourself. What about Turkish tomotoes. See for yourself.





Offline John H

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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2008, 12:51:16 PM »
Clydeside tomatoes grown in Lanarkshire are delicious and are bought literally off the plants so very fresh.
I do not know how widely they are distributed Colwyn so you might be missing a treat.

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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2008, 14:39:43 PM »
Thanks John, I shall look out for them to see if they make it all the way down to the West Country.
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2008, 15:51:44 PM »
what makes a tomatoe Turkish?

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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2008, 19:46:35 PM »
ooh.get some salt on.

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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2008, 22:27:17 PM »
Obviously not the way you spell it, Starman.

I say "Turkish tomato" because I got the seeds in Turkey and returned home with them. In the UK we generally eat tomatoes that are commercially produced for machine harvesting (although John H advises me on a better version). This means they have tough skins that can tolerate the less than tender care of the machine. The seeds we buy for sowing in our own gardens are, or so I have been told, merely the 10% surplus from the commercial seed bank. Hence, they taste the same, and have the same rubbery skin. As far as I know Turkey does not have a similar horticulture - yet.

But, perhaps you know differently?

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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2008, 23:28:56 PM »
starman know different colwyn prob not but has to get a word in anyway they look  impressive to me but not much of a gardener i am afraid.

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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2008, 05:09:01 AM »
was just asking as the same tomatoes are in the med countries generally and cant remember the last tomatoe I had in the UK.
Also true I know nothing about gardens as I dont have the time to look after one but we do have a gardener that has all kinds of stuff growing but dont ask me what as I dont know the difference between a cauliflower and a dandelion. Have you tried the cucumbers yet Colwyn?
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2008, 06:40:20 AM »
Hi,Colwyn good on you if you fancy growing more good tasting veg plants there is a company in Wales that sell fantastic seeds,its called the "real seed company"they can be found at  www.realseeds.co.uk  i have brought some seeds to Turkey so i will be eating Welsh Toms,peppers,  lettuce and beans soon!!!! Regards Calvin




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