Posted: 29/05/2012 at 07:21
Some nice varieties on offer there, Bob, but the Pinks are a bit limited. There are some glorious Pink toms kicking around like Marianna's Peace. I think it pushes Brandywine for flavour.
It's the time-frame that's the key, I think. The "blacks" - that can produce some striking green shoulders - weren't widely available 40 years ago. They've became fashionable in the last 10-15 years.
A couple of my fanatical grower friends got back to me. They're in the U.S., the home of heirloom tomato fanatics, so their knowledge of what might have been available in the UK at the time is limited, unortunately.
Bob, I think you're on the right track with something like Marmande - even if it isn't the one - because it was more than likely a European vartiety.
Janie, if you're still around, do you remember where the tomato came from? A shop? Someone's garden?
And just to get a better idea of the green shoulders, do you recall it looking anything like this?