Huh? These aren’t round!
I planted four tomato varieties this year, carefully selected from the online offerings of Mobile Botanical Gardens. All the varieties in the online catalog were from commercial growers in the coastal Alabama area, ready for early planting.
The botanical gardens crew had coordinated with the growers on the seedlings' early availability and the selection of varieties compatible with the climate of the northern Gulf of Mexico coast, specifically the Mobile, Ala. area on the shores of Mobile Bay.
We are about 48 miles west, but I figured those tomato plants would be more likely to thrive than the big box stores’ plants that are often the same for, say, Pennsylvania as for coastal Mississippi.
I chose three grape and cherry varieties and one with medium-sized fruit—I thought. But yesterday when I got a little weeding in, I was surprised to discover a number of clusters already on the “Juliet” bush, the variety with medium-sized fruit. But an even bigger surprise was the shape of those green tomatoes.
Arghhh! Not only are they not round, they are also about as big as they are going to get. You can see husband Walter’s fingers behind the ones at the top of this post for an idea of size. A quick hop over to Google, and sure enough, somehow I had looked at one picture and description but ordered a different kind. It is just another of my Internet shopping missteps.
I am not that disappointed, though. I really like to use the cherry and grape tomato varieties for salads and to reserve the larger tomato varieties for sandwiches. But I have cut down on sandwiches with their requisite breads. Bread contains lots of salt. Instead I am eating more salads with salt-free homemade dressing, enjoying them and staying closer to the 1,500 mg daily sodium intake mandated by my doctor.
And I also like to pop tiny cherry tomatoes and even smaller grape tomatoes just like candy. We should be able to sample ripe ones from our own modest patch by early May. I am hoping all four varieties match the glowing descriptions of their flavor.