Part of Hanna’s Tomato Tastings 2008
Mmmmm… Chocolate. The mere mention of chocolate is enough to turn most women into La Femme Homer Simpson. So, when I found a tomato named Chocolate Stripes, how could I resist?
And my, my, my, my, my did it come off the vine looking like a million bucks. Sure,Â Some haveÂ looked like a super model who had gone 3 rounds with La Hoya, bent and pushed out of shape, but you could tell that there was some real beauty in there. The color is truly beautiful. If it tastes half as good as it looks, it will be a winner.
The description from the company I got it from reads:
This is another boat shaped, u-shaped tomato. Its shape is similar to Purple Calabash. Plants yield a plentiful crop of 3-4 inch, mahogany colored fruit with dark, olive green-striping. Seed company says that these fruits have a “delicious, complex, rich, sweet, earthy tomato flavor” with makes this tomato a “black” by looks and taste. Indeterminate, 79 days.
The Beauty Pageant:
Size: They range from just under a pound to close to 2 pounds..
Shape: When they grow normally, they have a nice round shape, but it seems as though this plant is prone to fasciation so many of the tomatoes come out in a mangled U shape. Tend to look like it was a punching bag when it does that.
Color: As mentioned, fantastic color. Dark red, almost brown color with striking green-gold stripes.
The inside: Like many too pretty things, this just fell apart under slicing. The gel is plentiful and very wet and can hardly keep itself together. The core is thick but the walls were thin, so when this was sliced, many times the walls fell apart without the support of the tomato shape.
Texture: Very soft but smooth texture.
Off the Vine Tasting: Damn it, I should have known it. Much like the stereotypical buxom beach blonde, you can look at it all day long but the minute someone opens their mouth, there is not much there. Watery, weak flavor. There are some hints of sweetness and tomato flavor, but it washes away quickly.
Sliced and Salted Tasting: Salt cranks up the sweet quite a bit. There is still just a hint of tomato flavor in it.
Cooking Thoughts: This tomato is so sloppy, that the only thing I can think to do with it is to sauce it or juice it. It is too watery for anything else.
Leggy plant but it has not produced a lot of tomatoes so far.
Will Hanna grow this one again:
No. I need more than a pretty face. Lovely to look at but disappoints on the tounge.