Part of Hanna’s Tomato Tastings 2008
This just looked like a fun tomato. A giant strawberry is the basic description. Who could argue with that?
This tomato is touted as a “redâ€ tomato, but has hung on the vine for 3 days firmly a pink color. The squeeze test indicates that the tomato is ripe and the pull from the vine test did as well. A quick look at online images also mostly shows a “pinkâ€ fruit, not a red. I am going to hope that I am right in picking it now.
The description from the company I got it from reads:
German heirloom. Red fruits averaging 10 ounces, look like very large strawberries. They are very meaty with few seeds and little juice yet big taste. Fantastic for saucing or slicing. Indeterminate. 80 days
The Beauty Pageant:
Size: Rather large. Fist size.
Shape: It is, as the description promises, strawberry shaped. All the fruit on the plant are shape like large hearts.
The inside: Very few seeds due to thick walls and a thick core. If there are 30 seeds in there, I will be surprised. Almost no gel, what so ever.
Texture: Very soft and a little mealy. It is not an unpleasant texture, but is not as silken as other varieties I have tried.
Off the Vine Tasting: Delicate and on the sweeter side. I am fairly certain this is a ripe tomato, because of the soft texture. It loses its punch if you keep it in your mouth too long, but the initial flavor is nice.
Sliced and Salted Tasting: Salt pulls the flavor way up and out. The flavor is more intense and leaves an after-taste.
Cooking Thoughts: Due to having little gel, this is a great slicing tomato. Due to have very few seeds, it is a great sauce tomato. I would say that it does not have enough complexity to stand on its own, as a side dish, but would be great on sandwich as an accompaniment.
Healthy plant that has not branched too much. There are a few fruit on the plant, but it does not seem to be producing a lot of tomatoes.
Will Hanna grow this one again:
Probably not. I just like a complex tomato and I don’t think this fits the bill. Good flavor, certainly, but just straight tomato flavor and not much else.