The Q&A Archives: Tomato Tree

Question: Where can I get a tomato tree, how big do they get, how long until they ripen, and how's the taste?

Answer: If you're referring to the tomato tree plant that's advertised in some magazines as producing up to 60 pounds of tomatoes each year, it's a plant called Cyphomandra, and it really isn't a tomato at all. It's a tree-like shrub that comes from Peru and grows 2-inch long red fruits. The fruits are edible, but not many people enjoy eating them fresh. Mostly the fruits are stewed or made into jelly.<br><br>You can purchase them by mail order at the following address:<br>MBT Nursery Sales, Dept. TT-9504<br>1401 Lakeland Ave.<br>Bohemia, NY 11716<br><br>Before you invest your time and money, though, you might think about going the more traditional route to great tasting tomatoes - growing your own from seed. Stick with tried and true named varieties like Big Boy, Better Boy, or Burpee's Supersteak Hybrid.

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