Part of Hanna’s Tomato Tastings 2010
This was a run by purchase at a local nursery. Despite the fact that I grow a dozen varieties of tomatoes in my garden, I always panic that I don’t have enough (This fear permeates many parts of my life. A dinner party at my house for 6 looks more like I am trying to feed the Mongolian Hordes Martha style). So, I always end up picking up another tomato (or 6) when I am out shopping for other plants.
I can’t say I am attached to this one in one way or another. I just bought it because I have not tried it before. The name “Lemon Boyâ€ implies a sour tomato but it could also mean that the creator was referring to the bright yellow color.
It is a hybrid, but a popular one that has been around for years so no threat of it vanishing.
The description from a place that sells them reads reads:
A popular hybrid tomato, particularly with commercial growers, known for its uniform, lemon-yellow colored fruit which generally grow to about eight ounces. Borne in clusters, the fruits are a treat to the eyes and have a nice mild, sweet, tomato flavor. The plants are vigorous and are resistant to several common tomato pests so they are quite easy to grow. The vines also tend to be quite productive.
The Beauty Pageant:
Size: A little bit smaller than a baseball.
Shape: Very round. Everyone is almost the same size. They do seem prone to cracking as every one has cracked at the top a little.
Color: Dayglo yellow with just a smidge of orange thrown in.
The inside:The seeds are on the larger side, but not startlingly so. Gel is loose. Core and walls are not thick or too thin.
Texture: The flesh is pretty smooth and the skin is rather thin, which means you barely notice it.
Off the Vine Tasting: This is a subtle tomato. The flavor is there, but light. A bit on the sour side with a faint tomato flavor. It is not bad, just not strong.
Sliced and Salted Tasting: Salt brings up the flavor and makes it more complex. Still not sweet, but you no longer feel like you are searching for the flavor with the salt on the tomato.
Cooking Thoughts: This is a good tomato for those who do not like strong tomatoes all that much. It is not quite what I would call low-acid, but it is not as in your face as the average red tomato.
It took awhile for the plant to produce, but once it did, it has produced very consistently.
Will Hanna grow this one again:
No. It is not a bad tomato but it is not my kind of tomato. Others may like it, but it is not for me.