Hazera’s New Tomato Collection for the US market – with full resistance packages

Hazera is a leader in providing high quality tomato varieties for growers around the world.
One of the company’s newest introduction in the US market is its new outstanding bite-sized Mini Plum Tomato Stacy. This new variety offers some unique features for growers and consumers!   Continue reading

Olivia Tomato

Olivia tomato

A one-bite wonder

Olivia tomato, a grape/mini-plum variety from Hazera, displays a combination of positive qualities, making it attractive to all links in the chain – from the grower, through the shipper and the retailer, to the end-user (consumer). It is unusual for one single variety to be “blessed” with characteristics that have such a wide appeal. The variety has been developed by Hazera, using traditional plant breeding techniques.
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Shanty and Galilea tomatoes The Road to Success


In the last two years we had very good success with our two leading determinate Roma varieties “Shanty and Galilea tomatoes”. Those two varieties are our main success in the last two years and I want to share the story of their success with you.

Shanty was develop by our tomato breeder Dr. Ron Ecker in Florida and Israel in 2004 and from the first time that we saw this variety we knew that we have “a home run”. I remember walking in one of our tomato trials in FL in 2005 and stopping for a second near one of the tomato plots. I told Rony hey what do we have here? You must see this one! From that moment and on, after very good trials in Israel and other regions we understood that we have Gold in our hands! That variety is a “Manufacture Machine” of very high yield! And very good hot setting and good TY resistant. We have started to sell Shanty all over Central America, South America and other counties in the Middle East. When ever we trial “Shanty” it becomes a big Success…today we are selling “Shanty” in more then 14 counties and its still just the beginning! Continue reading

Deficiency Symptoms in Tomatoes Crops


Visual nutrient deficiency symptoms can be a very powerful diagnostic tool for evaluating the nutrient status of plants. However, that a given individual visual symptom is not often sufficient to make a definitive diagnosis of a plant’s nutrient status. Many of the classic deficiency symptoms in tomatoes crops such as tip burn, chlorosis and necrosis are characteristically associated with more than one mineral deficiency and also with other stresses that by themselves are not diagnostic for any specific nutrient stress. However, their detection is extremely useful in making an evaluation of nutrient status. In addition to the actual observations of morphological and spectral symptoms in tomatoes crops, knowing the location and timing of these symptoms is a critical aspect of any nutrient status evaluation. Plants do not grow in isolation, they are part of the overall environment and as such they respond to environmental changes as that affect nutrient availability. Also, plants do influence their environment and can contribute to environmental changes, which in turn can affect the nutrient status of the plant. Continue reading

Taking care of the tomato color


It may surprise you but the tomato color was not always red. The first tomato varieties that were cultivated were yellow or orange. It is only through breeding that red color became a standard for tomato.
Eighty five to ninety percent of the red color in ripe tomato is due to the presence of Lycopene. The skin of the tomato has the highest content of lycopene of all the tomato parts.
When it comes to fresh vegetable and fruits, color is one of the best indicators of quality along with texture, size and flavor. Color and color uniformity contributes directly to quality and marketability.
Freedom of tomatoes from physiological disorders is very important not only from an appearance point of view but because other attributes may be affected as well, such attributes include nutritional status and shelf life. Continue reading

Antonella Tomato Hazera 2010


Tomatoes on-the-vine, also known as cluster tomatoes, are not new to tomato consumers worldwide. They have been there since the first introduction of a cluster variety by Hazera Genetics in 1986 in Italy. This innovative product controlled the Italian tomato market for several years, and is still marketed in some part of Europe, mainly for the hobby sector. However, until recently tomatoes on-the-vine were niche products, consumed only by a very small portion of the population that was willing to pay its price. Nevertheless, the improved flavor of cluster tomatoes and the sense of freshness that is associated with the aroma of the green spine, gradually gained them market share. Farmers also came to like on-the-vine tomatoes since the amount of labor required for their production is much lower compared to other crops and the price is usually higher. At present, about 50% of fresh tomatoes consumed in Europe are purchased on-the-vine. Other markets for on-the-vine tomatoes include USA, Australia, Canada and more. Continue reading