Survivors

Little cherry sized tomatoes always seem to be the ones that survive the extremes most readily. At least in my experience. The many varieties (see a previous post) that are out there in the garden have been suffering a lot in the extended heat wave of late, and although more or less healthy, don’t flower, and hence there’s no fruit. Not so for these red cherries. They just keep on giving. (I took this photo near the end of August, when I picked this batch, and forgot to post it. There have been more produced since, and I’d better go out there and pick them.) This all reminds me of the gold ones of similar size that I had for a couple of years running one time. Also very generous. See e.g., here.

I wonder if somehow these small ones are more closely related to older, less domesticated varieties? One to look up.

-cvj

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4 Responses to Survivors

  1. Carol&Co says:

    Given the weather we have had here in London, our tomatoes have suffered. At this time in September there are still green tomatoes on the trees – I doubt most will ripen naturally given that the good weather is due to change. Its seem like here the weather patterns are shifting and our better weather starts later in the year so perhaps planting patterns have to change as well??? Fried green tomatoes???? Congratulations as usual on your never ending crops!!! I heard today we should not covet envy but today I put on my envious hat – I wanted nice homegrown tomatoes this year like last year!!!

  2. Anonymous Snowboarder says:

    Clearly not to the liking of Fluffy et al. Though they do look quite tastey.

  3. Mark Peifer says:

    Lovely! I also have much better luck with cherry tomatoes (red or gold) than the other varieties. My conditions are fairly harsh–pots on the front porch as everywhere else is too shady.

    Wikipedia says: A cherry tomato is a small variety of tomato that has been cultivated since at least the early 1800s[1] and thought to have originated in Peru and Northern Chile[2]…Cherry tomatoes are believed to go as far back as Aztec Mexico in at least the 15th century CE

    1 http://www.tomatocasual.com/2008/04/10/greece%E2%80%99s-santorini-cherry-tomatoes/
    2 F. Smith, Andrew (1994). The tomato in America: early history, culture, and cookery. ISBN 978-1-57003-000-0.

    Mark P

  4. Clifford says:

    Thanks! Makes sense…

    -cvj