Part of Hanna’s Tomato Tastings 2006
I have to admit, the only reason I bought this one was because the name intrigued me as did the claims that it really tasted like a pineapple.
Nothing says rebel like a tomato that doesn’t want to taste like one.
The description from the company I bought it from reads:
A huge, breathtaking and much sought after golden-orange beefsteak with fruit that that grows up to 1-1/2 lbs. When fruit is ripe it has a luscious, very rich, sweet pineapple-melon like flavor and heady tropical fragrance. Add the unusually high production of this plant, and it makes my top 10 list.
The Beauty Pageant:
Size: This is a hefty tomato. Definitely at least a pound, if not more.
Shape: Industrial accident comes to mind when you look at this tomato. It is UGLY. Flat on one side, knobby on another, mashed, smooshed and generally abused looking.
The inside: This is by far the meatiest of the tomatoes I have reviewed so far. Extremely thick walls.
What surprises me is that the description does not mention how few seeds this tomato has. It is a huge tomato, and I would bet that there is maybe 30 seeds in the whole thing. Big fat seeds, larger than you would find in a store bought, but not a lot of seeds.
The flesh itself is rather dry but the little gelatin that is there is very loose and juicy.
Texture: This is a soft tomato. The texture is not quiet mealy, but not quite smooth either. I would have to say is it spongy.
Off the Vine Tasting: I am not tasting any pineapple. Pretty tangy but no sweetness. Also, I don’t know if it because it is such a soft tomato, but I have this feeling that there is not as much flavor as there should be for the bite I just took. Not like a store bough tomato, where there is not flavor. Plenty of flavor. Just not as much as you would expect.
Sliced and Salted Tasting: Talk about a turn around! This tomato goes from a tangy tomato to a sweet one with salt. Still no pineapple flavor, but there is a little of the melon flavor. I still have that feeling that there should be more flavor for the size bite.
Cooking Thoughts: I am thinking that this would be good for a quick spaghetti sauce. The meat would break down fast, few seeds to worry about and the salt would sweeten it up pretty quick.
Not a big plant at all, despite the fact that it has large fruit. So far the rinky-dink tomato cage is holding it and its fruit up just fine. No signs of trouble with the plant. The fruit seem to have some trouble forming a proper skin, which is resulting in brown divots in the surface of the tomato.
Will Hanna grow this one again:
No. Interesting novelty to try, but it is not my cup of tea or slice of tomato, as the case may be. Not a bad tomato, just not a great tomato either. And really, in this great big gardening world, you really only want to go after the stars of the show.