Big Pear tomato
Big Pear tomato is an heirloom from Italy, Big Pear is a big meaty red tomato with the obvious pear shape. A popular variety for sauces and pastes. An indeterminate so stake well.
Sow – Start on a heat mat or indoors in late August, plant out after risk of frost and soils warmed (November) -cool climate. Can start earlier if planting in a hot house. 8 weeks from sowing to planting approx.
Spacing – 60cm to 80cm. closer is you pinch to 2 stems.
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.
The leaves and immature fruit contains tomatine, which in large quantities would be toxic. However, the ripe fruit contains no tomatine.