This is a gorgeous tomato. I am not of the camp that says “if it’s not red, it’s not a tomato”. If it has stripes or blotches or is an unusual color, I will grow it. Or at least try it.
This is an introduction from Wild Boar Farms and it won “best in show” at the 2017 National Heirloom Expo.
Elongated, large cherries in clusters. The color is a full-blown assault on the senses—lavender and purple stripes, turning to technicolor olive-green, red, and brown/blue stripes when fully ripe. The flavor is supposed to be sweet. It sure is pretty!
These range some in size from a large grape to plum-sized.
I always read the reviews before I purchase new seed. It reminded me how every year is different due to weather, what you put in your beds to condition the soil when you plant etc. The only tomato I have found to be 95% delicious and flavorful all the time is the Sungold. I will grow the same tomato three years in a row and will love it 2 out 3 years. I will recommend a certain tomato and 5 out or 7 people will love it and the others won’t. Until they plant it again.
The reviews range from too sweet, too bland, not sweet enough, prolific, only got 3 tomatoes, brought them in by the basket, most were yellow, absolutely gorgeous colors, plant wilted but recovered, plant became a monster, won’t ever grow again to it’s on my rotation now every year. Go figure.
I always try to give a variety 3 years due to the variables in growing plants. I am excited about this one. Other striped/wild markings such as Chocolate Sprinkles, Blush, and the green Lucky Tiger, I loved. The red Lucky Tiger? Not so much.
I think we all need to live a little and try new things. After all, that’s how I found the lovely, luscious, ever-present in my garden, Sungold.
I certainly do not expect all tomatoes to be red, but this one is downright UGLY! Now I got to try it. In most cases, I still prefer the common tomatoes, but I know there are exceptions. I will not grow it myself, but will try the fruit when it becomes available at Love Apple Farms. (Hey, they are right over there!) So far, I had been more interested in the paste tomatoes for canning and such. I have not grown may for fresh eating.
Hello, unless I understood your comment, I am nowhere near Love Apple Farm. I looked them up. Great name. I live in Spokane Valley in Eastern Washington state. These tomatoes may be kinda, sorta ugly but they are cute too. have you seen the Lucky Tiger or the Artisan Tomatoes? Roman Candle is a brilliant yellow paste with fluorescent green stripes and Speckled Roman is a red paste tomato with yellowish orange stripes. They are both very good under the hood as well as being pretty.
I have grown these three years in a row now and we love them!