The amazing 'Reisetomate,' bet you've never seen a tomato like this

Written by Doug Oster on .


Only two weeks into winter and I've already suffering from garden withdrawal. Seed and plant catalogs help, along with winter green still in the garden. Check this novelty tomato out. It's just one of many interesting varieties to consider for spring planting.

I wrote about the tomato named 'Reisetomate' from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds when the seed company first added it to their catalog. According to the catalog the tomato is like a big bunch of cherry tomatoes all fused together. This variety is also called the traveler tomato due to the ability to rear it apart a piece at a time without having to use a knife. 'Reisetomate' can be traced to Central America where natives would carry the tomato on long trips and eat as they walk.

But what does it taste like, here's what the catalog has to say; "well, rather sour, strong and acid. The perfect tomato for those who love raw lemons, but who cares? They are still far-out and groovy." A check with the web site Dave's Garden has three mostly positive reviews, here's one "An oddity of nature, with cherry tomatoes that are partially fused together into one single fruit. You can easily separate the individual parts and get clove looking cherry tomatoes. Not an astounding flavor, but definitely a curiosity that will bring wonder and fun to the garden."

Well, I'm all about wonder and fun in the garden, might have to give it a try, might be a good excuse to go on some hikes at the end of the season to use the tomato as intended.

I don't know about you, but there's excitement when the catalogs start pouring in. One of the best parts of gardening is the planning over the winter, I'm putting 'Reisetomate' on the list for the spring.

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