Sunday, 30 August 2009
Brace yourselves; we're starting to pick significant quantities of tomatoes from the garden, so it's going to be one 'varietal report' after another for a while. These little dolls are Sunsugar, a modern hybrid cherry tomato that ripens to a brilliant shade of yellow-orange. They are intensely sweet and fruity in flavour. The word 'candy' gets used frequently around them. A lot of people just adore these. I'm not usually a fan of really sweet tomatoes, but these have a good flavour in addition to the sweetness. They keep well once picked, at least a week and maybe two. They grow in very attractive trusses; I think it would look lovely to pick a whole truss or three (if you could get them all ripe at once, which is the tricky part) and use them to garnish a platter of cheese or cold-cuts.
The plants are indeterminate, growing 4 to 7 feet tall, and producing many little trusses of 6 to 9 tomatoes. The first ones ripen early in the season and they should keep coming until frost. Ours grew to about 4 feet, in spite of our very poor soil, and has been producing steady quantities of tomatoes. They are advertised as being very crack resistant and I have only seen one cracked one so far, which is impressive given how much rain we've had lately (lots!). Apparently they grow well in containers.