(Lycopersicon esculentum ‘Cherry Cocktail’)
Pickles are a tasty and exciting addition to any lifestyle and culinary range. The secret to a unique, flavourful pickle is in the spices you add to the brine. Take 750gm Pickle Me Cherry Tomatoes, 1 teaspoon of whole pepper medley, 2 cloves of garlic, ½ cup of salt, 1 cup sugar, 900ml cider vinegar, 4 teaspoons dried Renaissance Herbs (choose from Rosemary, Basil, Dill, Thyme, Oregano, Sage, Coriander leaf, Garlic etc). Chop garlic and using skewer pierce the tomato skin in two places and place in a bowl with salt and cover with water and soak overnight. Next day combine herbs, sugar and vinegar in pot and then bring to the boil ensuring sugar is all dissolved. Drain tomatoes etc. and add to pot. Bring back to the boil then take off the heat and place in sterile jars, seal and place in cool dark area. Will hold for 12 months.
This is a classic small tomato that has a delightful sweet flavour and masses of fruit for most of the year. In milder climates, it may crop all year.
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. Plant in an airy, sunny position in well-drained soil or very large pots. Does not require a stake, harvest when fruit is full colour.
|Harvest||DECEMBER TO MAY|
|Position||PART TO FULL SUN, FROST SENSITIVE|