Chocolate Pear Tomato - Like No Other!
This pear tomato has a base of traditional light tomato red swirled with an overlay of both green and brown hues very reminiscent of the luscious black tomatoes. The overall color is deceptive, as it is not red, green or brown, but all three. Slightly tart, then slightly sweet with a very full and rich tomato flavor that bursts in the mouth. It combines the richness of a paste tomato with the sweet and tart profile of an heirloom slicer.
It was developed by one of our growers through several years of painstaking selection.
As with most pear tomatoes, this is very productive over a long season and tolerant of a wide range of weather conditions and temperatures. Great for the CSA, market grower, beginning gardener, or for smaller gardens.
Tomatoes were grown as a crop in Mexico and Peru in pre-Columbian times, but the early history of domestication is not well known (most likely in Mexico). In Europe, tomatoes were grown as ornamentals (thought to be poisonous) and became popular as a food only in the 18th century.
Raw or cooked the tomato is one of the most widely used and versatile foods from your garden. Use fresh in salads, sandwiches, and salsas. Cooked in sauces and stews. Can be stuffed, dried, puree, paste or powdered. The uses are endless!
Tomatoes suffer more transplant shock than other vegetables, but you can minimize this by hardening them off for a week or two first. This means setting them outdoors in their pots in a protected place so that they get some warm sun, a little gentle wind, and even some cool (not freezing) nights. This will help them adjust to some of the stresses of real life before having their roots transplanted into the ground.
I planted the four pear tomatoes; red,yellow, green and chocolate this year. I loved them all. The chocolate has a really outstanding flavor.
These tomatoes have the best taste ever. Very, very surprisingly sweet and almost candylike. This will be one that we shall be sure to grow each year. I grow them in at greenhouse - they did not do well outside in the very rainy summer we have had here in Denmark.
This tomato placed in the top 3 out of 70 new varieties we tested in Seattle this year. Excellent complex flavor & sweetness! Hold VERY well on the vine too!
This tomato placed high in our taste tests and keeps extremely well both on the vine and in the house. Great sweet, complex flavor! It grew well up North here in Seattle too. Buy it!