Because those tiny seeds are a nuisance to some people.
People with certain digestive problems---diverticulosis and diverticulitis, for instance--can experience a flare up after ingesting tomato seeds.
Gardeners who raise bumper crops and plan to preserve the tomatoes by
will usually not want seeds in their
which do not produce seeds or which produce very few seeds saves these gardeners the work of seeding pounds of fruit.
Sweet Seedless a.k.a Sweetie, the fruit depicted above, is the closest thing to a seed-free tomato available. The 7 ounce fruits will occasionally make a seed or perhaps even 2. Typically, they will have none.
The rest of the tomatoes listed here are nearly seedless. Compared to other tomato varieties, they produce very few seeds. They produce many more seeds than Sweet Seedless.
Where they outshine Sweet Seedless is on taste. These are old standard tomatoes which have been saved by passionate gardeners for generations because of their superior vigor, disease resistance and flavor.
The 8-12 ounce fruits of the
Amish Paste Tomato
make it 1 of the largest paste tomatoes (you can't tell this from the picture) you can grow. According to many tomato gardeners, it is also the best tasting paste tomato.
Some of the heirloom tomatoes on this page grow into very large plants. Some will be 10 feet tall by the end of the growing season. They need a tall, sturdy support on which to grow.
It is difficult to find tomato cages more than 5 feet tall.
At 7 feet, this is 1 of the tallest (and cheapest) tomato supports that I have seen.
You do have to pound a stake into the ground to affix it to but after you've done this, the spiraling cage saves you the labor of tying the tomato vine to the stake as it grows.
You basically set it and forget it.
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