Sweet Raisin Cherry Tomato

By Charlie Nardozzi

Cherry tomatoes are a popular summer garden vegetable and a favorite with kids. There are many varieties available, such as 'Sungold' and 'Super Sweet 100', that tout a high sugar content. They make a nutritious and delicious snack. Now comes a new cherry tomato variety via Israel that's taking Europe by storm and is available in America. It's claimed to be even sweeter than other varieties and can be eaten fresh or dried.

'Tomaccio' is a hybrid red cherry tomato bred to be productive and early. Under ideal conditions, the indeterminate vines can grow up to 9 feet tall, yielding hundreds of cherry tomato fruits starting 70 days after planting. 'Tomaccio' was also bred to be eaten fresh or dried. The fruits dry naturally in clusters cut off the vine, hence the name "sweet raisin" tomato. To accelerate the drying, tomatoes may be placed in a 100 F oven for about 3 hours.

For more information on this new cherry tomato, go to: C. Raker & Sons.

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