Part of Hanna’s Tomato Tastings 2007
These were the tomatoes that lead me to a life of crime. They had to be shipped not once, but twice because apparently gourmet French cherry tomatoes are a danger to National Security and the original package sent from the UK was confiscated at the border.
I wanted to try these after Rebsie at Daughter of the Soil posted about them. They just looked magical. And she had such a high opinion of them, I figured what could go wrong? How was I supposed to know that NOWHERE in the U.S. are these puppies sold. So Hanna had to go breakin’ the law, breakin’ the law to get some.
The description from the company I bought it from reads:
Yellow-orange tomato the size of a small plum. The sourish taste reminds one of citrus fruit. 48 seeds
The Beauty Pageant:
Size: These are the size of marbles. To tell the truth, I was surprised. The description from the company said “small plums”. Either the translation from the Queen’s English to US English was a bit wonky or the woman who wrote the description has a husband with a seriousÂ “performance” issue that she is blissfully unaware of.
Shape: Round. Cute little round balls.
The inside: These are a nice golden color with tiny little seeds inside. The walls are thing but in a tomato this small, what can you expect. The really pretty thing about these though are the fact that they are translucent. You can make out the veining within the tomato and if you hold it up to the light, you can make out the seed chambers inside. What this does is makes the tomato almost seem to glow. Outside, in the right light, I swear they look like little lights on the tomato plant.
Texture: A little on the seedy side. It is hard not to be like that when the tomato is this small.
Off the Vine Tasting: Definitely citrusy. The gel is on the sour side but once that flavor passes, the meat is sugar sweet.
Sliced and Salted Tasting: Salt almost completely eliminates the sourness of the gel. You are left with a pleasing orangey sweet flavor with a nice background of tomato flavor.
Cooking Thoughts: No doubt that these are salad tomatoes. Not just salad tomatoes but gourmet salad tomatoes. A salad with some kind of salty cheese in it to really highlight the nice flavor. Not to mention that they would just look fabulous.
Prolific is an understatement with this tomato. The tomatoes grow in big, almost flower like clusters. There are probably around 2 dozen to a cluster. The plant is healthy and about 5 feet tall. No problems and is doing surprisingly well considering that the two plants next to it have died of wilt.
Will Hanna grow this one again:
Distinct possibility. It is a little smaller than I like, but it does taste nice (for a cherry) and looks damn pretty. At the very least I will be collecting seeds for trading. Since this is not available here in the US (as far as I could find), anyone who would like some, please feel free to contact me and I will send you some seeds. No trade or SASE required.