Spark's Earliana, open-pollinated
(65 days). Expect compact plants that
prolifically produce 3 inch diameter 4 to 6 oz. red fruit. For a time
this was practically the only tomato grown in Southern New Jersey and marketed
in Eastern cities during the last week in June through July. Could
Earliana be the infamous nostalgic 'Jersey' tomato? The uniformly
round fruit grow in clusters of 4 to 6 on 3 foot determinate vines. Its
sweet/tart flavor makes Earliana good for eating fresh off the vine. It is
also a good salad and canning tomato.
George Sparks of Salem, NJ, discovered the original plant. Philadelphia seed supplier Johnson & Stokes was the first to sell Earliana commercially in 1900.