Last night I got home late from work and went to do my usual scan through the garden walk. I was shocked- shocked– to discover that five of my full-size tomato plants had ripe fruit on them! First of all, pretty crazy that 5 plants (and 4 varieties!) all ripened on the same day, but y’all- it was on July 15th! This is so early for us.
Most of the fruits were pretty small, and since we got something like 3.5 inches of rain the day before, all but one of them had split, but I’m still pretty psyched!
Here are the ones that ripened:
Black (Which had lovely striations on it and was quite large)
Arkansas Travelers (these were the ones I predicted would ripen first, as they set a really remarkable amount of fruit early on, but they have been very slow to redden. The one I picked was very small- about the size of a ping pong ball.)
Azoychka (Which had two plants with fruits on them. One was small but the other was the size of the palm of my hand and pristine- no cracks, no ugly bits!)
I guess something can really be said about the Russian varieties in our cool climate, eh? I wish I could do a taste test for you! Maybe I’ll get Chef Jeff to come over and taste them so I can do a writeup of the taste differences!
And my Sungolds are going to be gangbusters in another week or so. Fruits are starting to ripen on multiple sprays off of the same plant now, and holy cats are they rambly. I’ll have lots of those soon!