Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Last Heirloom Tomato Taste Test

If there were a Miss Pretty Tomato contest this tomato would win. It's a hefty little mama. Certainly a case where bigger is better. When ripe it is an orangy red with yellow stripes and the top is yellow. It's also quite soft when ready to cut. I imagine this is one reason why we don't see it in any grocery store. It's doubtful it could make the rigorous journey from field to shelf. Which makes it all the more delightful to grow and share.
You must click on this picture and see up close how beautiful the inside of this tomato is. Such gorgeous colors. Now for the most important fact....How does it taste? I must say it tastes as great as it looks. It's different than most tomatoes. It has a sweeter taste. I wish I had better words to describe things....I really need to improve my tasting words.....Maybe..."This tomato had the most delightful fruity sweet taste that tantalized the taste buds...all without any acidic sting....yet you still knew that you were certainly eating the tomato equivalent of manna"....No maybe that's too gushy, but it really is one of the best tomatoes I have ever eaten.
Did I mention it's name? It's a Pineapple tomato. Maybe I enjoyed it as much as I did because I waited so long for it to ripen checking each one carefully every day for any stray caterpillars or other pesky interlopers. It was the last of the tomatoes to ripen. Out of all the tomatoes I grew or tasted from others' gardens I preferred Pineapple and Cherokee Purple tomatoes. I suggest for a different and fun change in color and flavor you add both of these to your must purchase seed list. It's on mine just in case those seeds I attempt to save don't pan out.


Melba said...

I was fortunate enough to be able to taste test this tomato at Plainoldkristi's house on the 4th of July. It was delicious!

JeanSkirtGirl said...

I love the way it's look sorry I just don't eat'em love ya carmencita

buffalogal said...

Hello all tomato lovers...i am in western new york, Williamsville, growing 10 different types of heirloom tomatoes.
Black Tula, Big Beef, Choco stripe, green zebra, Tidell Green (german)
and finally Vintage wine..We bought our plants from this site...

Now, I am new at this and I am finding that all the tomatoes stakes I used, those silly ice cream cone shaped wire do dads do absolutely nothing when the plant starts to mature...all my tomatoes are all over the ground,,,I think I will but some hay to put underneath them...a soft bed of sorts..

also, there is a reddish snail creature amongst some of the plants...I will not spray, but wondering if anyone knows of a natural way to rid my beloved plants of this snail...

Kristi, I love your blog!!!