(Lycopersicon esculentum ‘Green Grape’)
Heirloom Tomatoes – Generations of Flavour Heirloom technically refers to open pollinated, free bred cultivars prior to 1945 however there are many varieties that have been selected or bred in a natural way since 1945. This is particularly so for tomatoes and these new forms are referred to as Modern Heirlooms. Green Grape is semi-determinate variety fruiting in seven to eight weeks from planting and was bred in USA by Tom Wagner in the mid-eighties.
Fresh tomatoes are enhanced by herbs like parsley, chives and celery leaf. Can also be blended with more dessert type herbs like mint, lemon balm and the fruity sages. Partner with any leafy vegetable like lettuce, spinach, mizuna or beetroot leaves. If cooking mix with shallots, garlic and chilli.
Like all tomatoes, Green Grape is high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene and Vitamin C. Serve in salads, sandwiches or on dry biscuits as a healthy lunch. Health benefits can be enhanced by moderate cooking and the small globe like fruit is very juicy with an excellent flavour.
Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Requires a 1.5 to 1.6m stake.
Like all tomatoes it must receive a deep soaking when almost dry and should not receive overhead watering. Feed regularly with Seasol and Powerfeed. A small amount of dolomite lime after planting will make stronger plants. Remove side shoots and develop two or three main leaders. Harvest when fruit is full colour.
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