Napa Chardonnay Tomato
Napa Chardonnay Tomato is another tasty variety from breeder Brad Gates. It produces an abundance of cherry pearls that start to ripen fairly early and just keep pumping out. In the hothouse the vine goes mad and would easily grow 4 m long if allowed to (and more). The fruits are a pale yellow with an almost pearly skin. Allow them to gain an almost pinkish blush and the fruits are very sweet and at peak flavour. The fruits hold very well on the vines and grow in nicely formed clusters.
An indeterminate so staking is ideal.
2021/22 season: Sown mid August, planted in hothouse mid October, ripening began late December.
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 – 80 to 100cm
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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.