I would like to say to all of my followers the following about the tomato under blacks called LN.
I hear there are some out there that are saying it's a racist name and that maybe I should have improvised and used another name for it. I did not name the tomato. It is listed with the SSE under that name. That is the historically correct name for it.
Most of you know me and know I'm a stickler for the correct names and histories of all heirlooms.
The fact is, I am growing it because it is a very seldom if at all grown variety. It has nothing to do with racism. I gave it some thought before I put it on my growlist. I know in this day and age there is great sensitivity about that word. So..... for the record.
I did not name the tomato. It was listed with the SSE under this name.
I am not a racist.
I am willing to grow this variety out, save seed and re-list it with SSE under a new name.
If you have suggestions as to an appropriate new name, please feel free to email me with it.
I agree that it's time to change the name of this tomato.
Apparently the original Russian name for this was Negrityonok.. Translated that means Black Child. It was mistranslated I believe by the seedsman that sent it to the U.S. I received my seed from an '07 SSE listing. I have been told that starting in '08, SSE has started listing it under the name Little Black.
So.... Hopefully this clears it up and we can all go forward and grow our tomatoes.
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