Evil Olive Tomato
Evil Olive Tomato ripen to an unusual colour for tomatoes which was even more stark upon cutting open. Olive on the outside but shades of orange, greens and lime are revealed on the inside. The leaves have a darkish tint with the plants producing loads of cherry sized fruits. Fruits are a dark green/olive with a shade of orange on the blossom end when ripe (and soft to squeeze).
The perfect salsa tomato as they have a tang aftertaste. Rated at 75 days to ripen from planting (I planted late on 8/12/22 and the first ripe fruit was 83 days later during the cool 22/23 season).
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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- How I Grow my tomatoes post
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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