Chico Grande Tomato
Chico Grande Tomato is an early maturing bush variety that produces many small to medium large red cherry tomatoes (20 to 40 grams) that tend towards a plum shape (some seem to be round). Perfect for salads and canning. Also, an excellent processing variety used to make sauces and puree.
Does require staking to hold the plant up off the ground.
2021/22 season: Sown Aug 2, Planted outside Oct 27, ripening began mid January with plant almost finished by mid March.
Sow – Start on a heat mat ideally in late August to October 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 – 50cm
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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.