Ananas Noire Tomato
Ananas Noire tomato (Black Pineapple) are multi-coloured beefsteak tomatoes, characterized by their large size and slightly flattened globe shape with ridges. Fruits ripens to a dark purple-red with a green blush and green shoulders, with the flesh a beautiful and distinctive streaked pattern of pink, red, green and yellow.
Flavours are a deep, smoky and rich flavour that starts sweet (hint of pineapple-like citrus) and leaves a tangy and acidic aftertaste. The meaty flesh is creamy, tender and juicy, with few seeds.
An indeterminate regular leaf. Stake well as the fruits can reach around the 450 to 900 grams mark. Planted in the hothouse 10/11/22 with the first fruit ripening 81 days later. Produced around 15 fruits with some still ripening April 24.
Sow – Start on a heat mat ideally in late August to October (Cool Climate) and plant out after frost risk and soils around 10 deg at night (after 7 days consecutively).
Can start earlier if planting in a hothouse. 8 weeks on average from sowing to planting if using a heat-mat.
Spacing – 80-120cm
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- The wild ancestor of the tomato is native to western South America. These wild versions were the size of peas. Aztecs and other peoples in Mesoamerica were the first to have domesticated the fruit and used in their cooking.
- The Spanish first introduced tomatoes to Europe, where they became used in Spanish food.
- In France, Italy and northern Europe, the tomato was initially grown as an ornamental plant. It was regarded with suspicion as a food because botanists recognized it as a nightshade, a relative of the poisonous belladonna.
- This was exacerbated by the interaction of the tomato’s acidic juice with pewter plates.
- The leaves and immature fruit contains tomatine, which in large quantities would be toxic. However, the ripe fruit contains no tomatine