"Hi, re your notes on the KY1 tomato.. I am almost 80 years old and have been growing them for 55 years followng my father who grew them for many years before that. They were always called Kyabram Wonders and were grown in the valley in the Shepparton area for the canneries and other ways of preserving them. We used them for the table and sauces like chutney and relish. Being a bush tomato they did not have a long cropping season and the pickers were hired at the peak to get them off and to the cannery. The remainder was then ploughed in and a different vegetable planted to keep the land productive. Don't know why they are now called KY1. Barrie"
I always thought KY1 was a breeder's code that survuved? Do you know why the bush types were popular and why they had a short cropping season?
"I am just working from what I remember from my father, who was raised in Shepparton and my mother who was raised on orchards in the area. The Kyabram Wonders were just developed and evolved naturally because of the short cropping season only needed fruit pickers for the short time, thus saving money and the cannery could gear up for that shorter time. Later to try and save more labor, some farmers went along with a plan to just pull the whole bushes out of the ground and transfer to sheds where they were stripped of the fruit and the remains mulched. Ripe fruit to cannery, not so ripe could be taken to wholesale markets to ripen en route to retailers and green fruit processed green tomato pickles, etc.
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