Northern Delight Tomato
Northern Delight Tomato is an early bush tomato that produced the bulk of its many fruits from mid Jan to mid Feb during the 2022 growing season. Was bred for use in the northern cool areas of the northern hemisphere. These plants do very well in the cool weather and short summers of Tasmania. Short, determinate plants bear 30 to 80 gram red fruits. After its high yields and performance during 2022, this will be a regular in my garden going forward.
2021/22 season. Sown late September, planted outside in late November, ripening began mid January with the plant almost exhausted by late Feb having ripened most of its fruits.
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 – 60 to 80cm
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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.