Like many of the Wild Boar Farms tomatoes, these start out green with purple shoulders, ripening to a beautiful orange color on the bottom and a dark red/purple color on the top. I’ve noticed that many of the tomatoes from this breeder ripen later than others, which I think has something to do with the dark shoulders. It takes a LONG time to get results on these plants, but when you do - whoa mama. They are really, really beautiful. Check out the inside of this one.
Looks like a stained glass window, doesn’t it?
I’m slicing these up for a Caprese salad tonight, and they sure look amazing on the plate. I mean, they taste great too; all of the tomatoes from this breeder have a nice sweet/tart balance, and they are all meaty. And that’s what’s really important, right? But the beauty of them really blows me away. It’s like an extra little gift.
I don’t know Brad Gates, this breeder, personally, but I have to imagine that he is just delighting himself at this point. Like, how much more gorgeous can tomatoes get? And his delight is rubbing off on me.
The only downside is that, since they are hybrid varieties, you can’t save seed. I mean, you could I guess, but there’s no telling what they’ll be like - they won’t necessarily come true. But I still think it’s worth it to buy one or two varieties each year, save the leftover seed carefully, and use the rest up the next two years. Just for the delight and beauty!