75 day. This is a very meaty, almost dry paste tomato. It is very low in seeds and is a great choice for sauce. I found it wasn't as good of a choice for roasted salsa because the skins didn't separate from the flesh very easily when it was roasted.
Minimum of 25 seeds per packet.
Posted by Unknown on 9th Feb 2015
I enjoyed the great production I got from these. I had to make my own trellis using some thick tree branches that were put well into the ground and then tied into an A-frame. Regular tomato cages are no match for these monsters!
I used these for tomato soup and tomato sauce and found them too acidic. I also found their flavor too strong when cooking them down to a paste-like consistency. I was hoping for a sweeter paste and did not get that from these.
Posted by Terry on 28th Jul 2012
Opalkas - or Opies as I affectionaltely call them - are awesome. They are pretty large paste tomatoes and are a staple in our sauce making, with hardly any seeds to speak of. I wish we had planted more - we will definitely be dedicating more space to this variety next year! The skins weren't too difficult to remove after a ~30 soak in boiling water followed by a ~2 min plunge in ice water. If you're on the fence about these - give 'em a try, you won't be disappointed!
Posted by Lorie K. on 21st Jan 2012
I have been growing Opalkas for about 10 yrs. I use them to make sauce. The skins peel off very easily without the trouble of blanching them. I loe them!