ancestral tomatoes

Asked December 13, 2016, 1:53 PM EST

I would like to grow the ancestral tomatoes in my garden. I have the ancestral corn (Teocinte). Can you help me locate seeds of these great New World plants? I now live in Ohio, but was an Ankeny resident for years. Larry Schlatter, PhD; 405 E Wiggin St., Box 567; Gambier, OH 43022

Knox County Ohio

1 Response

Tomatoes have been cultivated for hundreds of years. Heirloom tomato varieties are available from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (http://www.rareseeds.com/), Seed Savers Exchange (http://www.seedsavers.org/), and several other companies.

The Tomato Genetics Research Center possesses/conserves the seeds of wild tomatoes. The center distributes seeds to researchers and breeders, but does not sell seeds to home gardeners,