The Greenhouse,

is about growing matters, focusing on my greenhouse and potager. I grow mainly vegetables, herbs and spices but flowers have their given place too. From seed to table, this is the nursery for my living food, we cook a lot of delicious food and I say a potager is the cook’s best friend. The greenhouse makes it possible to grow essential, colourful, warmth loving fruit and vegetables even in this climate such as tomatoes and chillies. My main blog is Tyras Trädgård/Tyra's Garden. View my profile


Malakhitovaya Shkatulka - The Malachite Casket

This post, 'Malakhitovaya Shkatulka' was originally uploaded and written by Tyra at the blog The greenhouse in Tyra's Garden.

Harvest in Tyra's Garden - July

I have now harvest my first Malakhitovaya Shkatulka! Sown in Febuary heirloom seeds from Rare Seeds . I didn't know that it was a 'green' tomato or I at least I had forgot it. Malakhitovaya Shkatulka means something like Malachite casket or box and when I cut my red/brown tomato open I found that it has this fantastic colour inside, bright green, Just as a small box with a treasure is so pretty! And my friend I have to inform you that it is very delicious too.

Malakhitovaya Shkatulka is also a famous folklore fairy tale written by Pavel Bazhov and in 1976 they made an animated film about The Malahkitovaya Shkatulka

This information about Malachite is from Wikipedia

Malachite is a carbonate mineral normally known as "copper carbonate" with the formula CuCO3.Cu(OH)2. This green-colored mineral crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal system, and most often forms botryoidal, fibrous, or stalagmitic masses. Individual crystals are rare but do occur as slender to acicular prisms. Pseudomorphs after more tabular or blocky azurite crystals also occur.

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Carol said...

The bright green in your tomato is beautiful... nice to have surprises like that! Love the link to the fairy tale... will have to google that one. Love the way you present your tomato! Lovely photo!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful and unusual tomato. My niece had a dog she named Malachite!

Frances said...

How interesting! It is a visual feast as well as good eating! Hope it tasted as good as it looked. Love the idea of the malachite box/casket too. :-)

Sunita Mohan said...

That tomato looks so unlike any that I've seen before! And I love the way you associated it with malachite. Very interesting read, Tyra.

Willow said...

Isn't that amazing? I'll ask my sister in law about this tomato as she collects heirloom tomatoes and their seeds.