Part of Hanna’s Tomato Tastings 2009
As far as yellow tomatoes go, well for me they are hit or miss. I have tried some really great yellow tomatoes, and others, well, not so much. The reason yellow tomatoes are so ambiguous on the flavor scale is the fact that yellow tomatoes are either full flavored or “mildâ€ flavored (read no flavor). Hearing that a tomato is mild flavored is like hearing your blind date has a mild personality. That’s the first sign that your evening will end early and that you should probably check your local TV listings for something more scintillating to spice up the rest of the night, like golf. So it goes with yellow tomatoes. Mild is not a word I like to hear associated with a tomato.
The description from the company I got it from reads:
This potato leaf heirloom originally from an old British seed company produces bright yellow golf ball sized, thin skinned, tangy, and delicious fruits. They are very unique in taste! Indeterminate. 75 days.
The Beauty Pageant:
Size: About the size of a golf ball is right. Bigger than a cherry tomato, but not by too much.
Shape: Very round.
Color: Bright, bright yellow. Like highlighter yellow.
The inside: Medium walls for this size tomato. Rather large seeds with juicy gel. There is a core that is also medium sized.
Texture: Rather on the soft and mealy side.
Off the Vine Tasting: As I feared, this is a “mildâ€ tomato. Low acid in it makes for weak tomato flavor.
Sliced and Salted Tasting: Salt gives this tomato a little more personality (kind of like a shot of tequila does for that blind date) but you can only work with what you have.
Cooking Thoughts: This is a salad tomato if I ever saw one. Too small for anything else, really. It would be good on salads and used for appetizers. But, I would not pair it with any flavors that it would have to compete with. Otherwise it would just get lost.
Rather large plant and produces well. It looks like it may have late blight (judging by the bottom leaves) but it seems to keep going like a trooper.
Will Hanna grow this one again:
No. Just not my style of tomato. If you are looking for something “mildâ€ (and there are lots of people who are) this is a good tomato, but I like a tomato with a little more force.