RE: [tomato] Grape tomatoes

Catharine Vinson (
Sat, 22 Jan 2000 10:45:43 -0500

Margaret wrote:
Are they called Green Grape? I grew those once, but was put off by the
sickly yellow color when they were ripe. They weren't good enough to
overlook that. Riesentraube cherry tomatoes (with a nipple at the
end) are some of my new favorite cherry tomatoes.

Green Grape is classified as a cherry tomato. It is not what's being
marketed as "grape tomatoes". Green Grape was created by Tom Wagner of
TaterMater seeds. According to a couple of texts, he started by making a
cross between Yellow Pear and Evergreen. Green Grape is widely available
(and is a nice tomato; Alice Waters made it popular when she started
using it in her Berkeley, CA restaurant.

The majority of the "grape tomatoes" that are currently "hot" in the
cataloges are F1 hybids to the best of my knowledge. Their parents
include Lycopersicum pimpinellifolium varieties (the "common" tomatoes
most of us grow and are familiar with are members of the Lycopersicum
esculentum family).

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