Re: # of locules as determining factor was RE: [tomato] Funky Looking

Ron Hay (
Wed, 11 Aug 1999 16:55:07 -0700

Thanks for your erudite reply. For the benefit of the uninitiated, such as I,
what is a locule, please?

Van Nuys, CA wrote:

> The large 'beefsteak' types are most susceptible to developing irregularly
> shaped fruit since by definition a beefsteak contains more than six locules.
> With two locules, cherry and plum or pear types (the so-called processing
> tomatoes) are far less likely to produce "funky looking" 'maters. Commercial
> cultivars (F1 hybrids for the majority) are also more uniform in shape,
> since they contain between four and six locules.
> Catharine/Atlanta, zone 7b