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Lycopersicon esculentum, Tomato - Garden Pearl, Bush Cherry


A completely determinate (bush type) variety that produces cherry fruit. It has been bred specifically for use in hanging baskets and containers, and has an excellent cascading habit. Garden Pearl produces an abundance of fruits throughout the Summer.

Fruit: red, cherry, 12-16 grams.

Requires a rich well-drained soil in a warm sunny position.

Tomato plants are not frost-tolerant and generally need to be started off in a greenhouse in the spring if they are to succeed outdoors in Britain. They also need a hot sunny summer if they are to fruit well.

Tomatoes grow well with asparagus, parsley, brassicas and stinging nettles. They are also a good companion for gooseberries, helping to keep them free of insect pests. They dislike growing near fennel, kohl-rabi, potatoes and brassicas (this is not a typing error, merely a difference of opinion between different books).

Edible uses

The fruit of the tomato plant is a very popular and much used fruit, both fresh and cooked. It can be used as a savoury vegetable or flavouring in cooked foods, or can be eaten out of hand as a dessert fruit. It is much used in salads and as a flavouring in soups and other cooked foods. The fruit can also be dried and ground into a powder that can be used as a flavouring and thickening agent in soups, breads, pancakes etc. It is used in salads.
An edible oil, suitable for culinary purposes, is obtained from the seed. The seeds are copious per fruit but small, and a significant quantity would be needed to produce oil in usable quantities.

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