Midnight Snack Tomato
Midnight Snack Tomato produces beautiful cherries which ripen to red with a blush of glossy black-purple on the skin when exposed to sunlight due to the accumulation of anthocyanin pigment (has health benefits). Productive all season with vines to around 1.8m tall. Grow in a cage and let it do what it wants to be rewards with huge yields.
3 to 4cm sized fruits are well-balanced and flavourful. Great in salads or eaten straight off the vine. Ripening took 100 days from planting in my cool climate garden with an abundance until first frosts. An All-American Selection (AAS) award winning variety.
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, high yields when grown in a cage and allowed to do its thing.
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- How I Grow my tomatoes post
- Tomatoes on the Wiki
- 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