The Story of Velvet Red
This variety comes from Joe Bratka of Elmwood, New Jersey. Occasionally a non-silvery plant will appear as they grow. If you are saving seeds from the variety, make sure to keep from harvesting seeds from those plants.
This variety was the winner of the Seed Savers Exchange 2009 Tomato Tasting at Heritage Farm.
The exact date of the domestication of tomatoes is unknown, but by 500 BCE they were already being grown in southern Mexico. The Spanish brought the small yellow tomato to Europe and the Philippines. The climate in Italy allowed for many new varieties of tomato to develop with intense flavor.
Alexander W Livingston took North American tomato varieties and upgraded them to a commercial crop. One of the easiest types of vegetables to adapt and breed, tomatoes are now grown worldwide.