Monday, September 06, 2010
This year, I planted two pots of "Sungold" cherry tomatoes, along with the usual container of "Sugary" grape tomatoes. The good news is that we now have lots of cherry tomatoes, even after the low-hanging fruit has been harvested by the local bunnies. This plate is holding about half of what ripened up over the Labor Day weekend.
The not-so-good news is that in comparison with the sweet grape tomatoes, these cherry tomatoes taste bitter. Maybe it wouldn't be noticeable if there was only one crop but with the sugary competition, these cherry tomatoes are also-rans. And, while the tomato fruits are perfect saffron-colored spheres, the plants' growth habit is slovenly, sprawling, and downright shabby.
A few are being eaten straight off the vine (by humans), but most have been regulated to cooking tomatoes. They are serving in pasta dishes and ratatouille and as salad garnish. Did I mention that we now have lots of them? Oh, yeah. Maybe next year, we'll have none.